Leicester vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

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Kept off the top of the Premier League only by goal difference at the halfway mark, Leicester will be after their first win in three matches as they host a Bournemouth side looking to extend the gap between themselves and the bottom three.

After seeing their terrific run come to an end on Boxing Day with defeat at Liverpool, Claudio Ranieri’s team did well to earn a point at home to Manchester City three days later, especially as had they lost it may have allowed a few doubts to creep into their mind and lead a number of observers to denounce their chances of remaining in the leading pack for the forseeable future. This is the kind of game they will be expected to win, so will hope to regain their scoring boots.

Despite being forced back for most of the encounter and having very little possession, the Foxes did well to limit the number of chances Man City were able to create, and Ranieri deserves credit for that for choosing to tighten up his midfield with the inclusion of the experienced Gokhan Inler. They can be expected to adopt a much more attack-minded approach for this one, in which Jamie Vardy will be hoping to rediscover his scoring touch after failing to net in four of his last five games.

Bournemouth are likely to have to rely on pace if they are to come away with a positive result here, with Junior Stanislas having shown good form of late in helping his side to some impressive victories. Fit enough to only play 45 minutes last time out at Arsenal, his duel with Leicester right-back Danny Simpson could prove crucial in deciding the outcome, while Glenn Murray could be given the nod if manager Eddie Howe decides to try and match two physically powerful centre-backs.

There were flashes of quality in North London and they occasionally made Arsenal look nervous, but the Cherries did not appear to be bold enough going forward and so never really threatened to score. Having slipped back to within two places of the drop zone, they will be keen to move further clear of danger with a win here, and as they have proved in recent games with some high-profile successes, that is not out of the question.

Shinji Okazaki and Leonardo Ulloa will be pushing to start for Leicester, who remain unable to call upon Matt James and Jeffrey Schlupp.

Josh King should return for Bournemouth, but Tommy Elphick, Max Gradel, Callum Wilson and Tyrone Mings are all sidelined.

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