Leicester City are a step away from creating another piece of history. The Foxes have to win their match against FC Copenhagen to advance into the knockout stages of the Champions League at the first time of asking. Leicester had already set the footballing world alight with their title win and the subsequent participation in the elite European competition. But their three wins in three matches have been drastically different from their domestic form where the reigning champions are currently lying in the 11th spot.
The likes of Vardy and Mahrez are yet to come close to replicating their last season heroics but the duo of Slimani and to an extent Musa have steadied the ship in the meantime. Leicester’s last assignment in this competition was against the same opponents and they put up a solid display in a 1-0 win to complete a hat-trick of wins.
Riyad Mahrez was the scorer on that occasion as he steered home the winner 5 minutes from half time from an Islam Slimani knockdown. But the victory was not without its fair share of nervous moments as the Danish outfit had plenty of chances to score a goal of their own and it needed Kasper Schmeichel’s late heroics to deny them an equaliser.
With a trip to Copenhagen next on Leicester’s agenda, we take a look at their predicted line-up which will have a chance to write history on Wednesday.
T40’S PREDICTED LEICESTER CITY LINE-UP (4-4-2)
Kasper Schmeichel is expected to be in goal, keeping out Ron-Robert Zieler from the team once again. The Danish national will be looking to replicate his performance from the last time these two teams met. Danny Simpson will line-up at right-back while Claudio Ranieri will like to keep faith in his tried and tested pair of Robert Huth and Wes Morgan at the heart of the defence. The duo will look to attain a level of consistency which has been missing this season. Over at left-back, the ever impressive Christian Fuchs will be looking to continue his good run of form although most of it has been while attacking the opposition.
With Nampalys Mendy still injured, the duo of Andy King and Danny Drinkwater will most likely continue in central midfield and should expect quite a bit of pressure coming their way in this away fixture. Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton will most likely line-up on the two flanks.
Jamie Vardy will get another chance to find his scoring touch although he contributes in other areas as well but with Ahmed Musa knocking on the gaffer’s door, he needs to step up. Vardy will be partnered by the impressive Islam Slimani.