Kept off the top of the Premier League by goal difference only, Leicester City will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run to eight matches when they travel to South Wales to face out-of-form Swansea City.
It was a brave effort from Garry Monk’s men last weekend at Liverpool as they put in a strong defensive performance to frustrate their upwardly mobile hosts, but their downfall came when Neil Taylor was penalised for handling in the area and the resultant penalty kick was converted. Lacking in threat going forward, they were consigned to their sixth defeat in 10 league games, during which time they have tasted victory just once.
In his attempts to turn the club’s faltering form around, the increasingly under pressure Monk has resorting to rotating his starting line-up with regularity. The scintillating scoring form that Bafetimbi Gomis was showing earlier in the year is now a distant memory, so Portuguese striker Eder has been given his chance. Meanwhile, Federico Fernandez has been the fall guy in defence, making way for Kyle Bartley. Whatever team he selects here, they must get off to a positive start and at least give their high-flying opponents something to think about.
Leicester were able to edge in front in their top of the table clash against Manchester United through one of their lightning quick counter attacks, but crucially could not carry the lead into half-time as their inferiority from set-pieces was exploited. However, they will have come away pleased with a point from a game in which they saw less and less of the possession as it wore on, and thrilled that their own Jamie Vardy is now an outright Premier League record holder.
The assuredness with which Vardy finished off his one and only chance of the afternoon spoke volumes, and one wonders if he can now take his run of scoring in consecutive league matches to 12. The defence splitting pass which led to his goal was supplied by Christian Fuchs, who is quietly making the left-back spot his own with a succession of fine performances which are keeping Jeffrey Schlupp out of the side. Form suggests that he and his teammates have a strong chance of succeeding again in this one.
Swansea are boosted by the return of midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, who is back having served a one-match ban for receiving five bookings.
Nathan Dyer is unavailable for Leicester as he cannot face his parent club. Matt James is nearing a return but remains out, while Ritchie De Laet faces a month on the sidelines.
Last Meeting: There was only one team in it when Swansea took on Leicester at the Liberty Stadium in October 2014 and that was the home side, as a brace from Wilfried Bony earned them a very comfortable victory while they were rarely troubled at the back. The Ivorian finished off a fine passing exchange with Gylfi Sigurdsson before wrapping it up with a composed finish 12 minutes into the second half.
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