Leicester City will be intent on continuing their recent resurgence and give themselves serious hope of beating the drop by taking three more points from a tough game against Swansea City.
The balance of play in the first half last time out at West Bromwich Albion suggested that Nigel Pearson’s side would fail to build on victory the previous week. However, a superb show of fighting spirit as well as ruthless finishing saw them score twice in the last 10 minutes to earn an enthralling 3-2 win.
Strikers David Nugent and Jamie Vardy will be slightly disappointed at their goals return for this season, but they produced assured finishes when it mattered most. The hosts may find Swansea’s defence a little tougher to breach, but the confidence will now be flowing as they attempt to draw level on points with Hull City in 17th.
Only a point here for the Welsh club would be enough to secure their highest ever number of points in the Premier League – with five games still to play. Here, they will have to do it with a striker shortage, with the goal-shy Marvin Emnes set to replace the injured Bafetimbi Gomis.
What Emnes lacks in terms of goals, he makes up for with pace and that has the potential to cause torment to the Leicester defence, while the draw with Everton highlighted Jonjo Shelvey’s resurgence in recent months. He was unlucky to see a great strike ruled out, andfired home the penalty for the equaliser.
The hosts have a fully-fit squad to pick from, so could name the same side that won so dramatically at West Brom.
Swansea will be unable to call upon Gomis for a month, and are also without full-backs Kyle Naughton and Neil Taylor. The latter is suspended for accumulating 10 yellow cards.
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