Leicester City will be aiming to hit back from just their third Premier League defeat of the season when they host a Norwich City side that hovers precariously above the bottom three having picked up one point from their last six games.
A week after going to the home of Manchester City and taking them to the cleaners with a devastating display, Leicester looked capable of doing the same to another title rival in Arsenal as Jamie Vardy’s penalty put them ahead at half-time after an open, though closely fought first 45 minutes. But two bookings soon after the break for Danny Simpson forced the Foxes on the defensive and just when it seemed they may hold on for a draw, they were unable to defend a last-gasp free-kick and so their lead at the top was cut to two points.
Despite the anguish of losing in that manner, Claudio Ranieri’s side remain in a wonderful position and will be confident of returning to form here, particularly as the pace of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy is sure to strike some fear into a fragile Norwich defence. They played very well at Arsenal, where their defence could not have been accused of appearing fragile, with captain Wes Morgan enhancing his reputation yet further with a succession of determined interventions.
A draw at home to West Ham United in their last match was enough to lift Norwich out of the drop zone on goal difference, but it still came as a major disappointment. Any winning mentality that existed at the club seems to have gone, as another two-goal lead was squandered when victory looked to have been secured. The tension across the team as West Ham pushed forward and pulled one back was tangible, and highlighted the lack of confidence in the Carrow Road ranks.
This will be a very difficult game as they look to boost their hopes of survival, and it requires a performance built on strong defensive foundations. They carry a real attacking threat going forward and the clash does allow for some fascinating battles including Dieumerci Mobokani coming up against Morgan and his central defensive partner Robert Huth, where the on-loan striker will be relied upon by his teammates to provide strong hold-up play.
Jeffrey Schlupp is still out for Leicester despite returning to training, while January signing Daniel Amartey could make his debut in the absence of the suspended Danny Simpson.
Norwich have Alexander Tettey back after a two-match ban, along with Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe following an injury. Andre Wisdom is likely to remain unavailable.
Last Meeting (Premier League): The only previous Premier League encounter between the sides at Leicester came at Filbert Street in April 1995, where the hosts came out on top thanks to a goal three minutes after half-time from midfielder Garry Parker. Both clubs were relegated at the end of that season.
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