Leicester City take on Hull City in a match they simply must win in the context of their Premier League survival hopes; their first home outing in more than a month.
As ever, the Foxes put in a determined effort in their last game at Manchester City and never made it comfortable for the champions, but were again left to reflect on a defeat which leaves their hopes of staying in the top-flight looking increasingly slim. Already seven points adrift, a sensational run needs to be put together to give them any chance of survival.
Big-money January signing Andrej Kramaric has made an impression, but his efforts have been undermined by a continually leaky defence. That has not been altered in recent weeks despite changes in personnel and formation. A win by any means would be a massive relief, but Hull will fancy their chances of causing problems.
Indeed, one of Leicester’s most dogged efforts of the season came in the reverse fixture, when they held on to win 1-0 at KC Stadium despite immense pressure late on from the Tigers. Abel Hernandez misfired that day, but this time around they have a man in form in Dame N’Doye.
The former Lokomotiv Moscow striker was on target again in the last game against Sunderland, where a share of the spoils came as a disappointment. The lead above the bottom three stands at five points, and manager Steve Bruce will be keen to celebrate his new contract by moving a big step closer to safety.
Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel remains the only absentee for Leicester, but they could again decide to rotate, with Leonardo Ulloa and Jamie Vardy among those pushing for recalls.
Hull continue to nurse several long-term injuries, with James Chester, Liam Rosenior, Robert Snodgrass and Robbie Brady remaining out of action.
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