Craig Shakespeare paid the ultimate price after Leicester City made the worst possible start to the 2017-18 season. With just one win in eight matches, the Foxes were 18th in the Premier League table, only three points ahead of bottom place Crystal Palace. Threatened by relegation, the club decided to part ways with Shakespeare.
Their last win in the league came exactly two months back on the 19th of August when they beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 at home until the sack of Shakespeare. The Foxes have had to endure a tough run since then and were winless in the league. The 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion saw the Hammer finally fall on Craig Shakespeare.
Shakespeare, who took charge of the club last season after title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri was sacked unceremoniously in February, led the foxes to a twelfth place finish last season. He oversaw the arrival of a bunch of new players to the club including exciting talents like Kelechi Iheanacho.
However, he was unable to turn the game for the foxes on the field and left the club struggling at 18th placeonn the table. It seems things are getting better at Leicester after Shakespeare’s departure. While interim coach Michael Appleton in charge, the Foxes returned to winning ways in the league with an impressive 2-1 away win at Swansea and followed it up with a 3-1 win against Leeds United in the Carabao Cup round of 16 match.
The Foxes go in this weekend against another team who are struggling to return to winning ways in the Premier League in the form of Tottenham Hotspur, under the stewardship of Claude Puel. Pochettino’s men will want to fix things in the league after a frustrating 1-1 draw at home against West Bromwich Albion.
Leicester themselves will want to pick themselves up after failing to register all 3 points against a struggling Hammers side over the weekend.
Here is how the Foxes will look to line-up this weekend.
Kasper Schmeichel is expected in goal for the league match. Danny Simpson is expected at right back with Christian Fuchs starting at left back. The centre back pairing is expected to be Wes Morgan and Harry Maguire.
Demarai Gray is expected on the right wing with Marc Albrighton on the left wing. Wilfred Ndidi and Vicente Iborra are expected to be the two men in the middle of the park.
Riyad Mahrez might get the nod to play as the withdrawn forward with Jamie Vardy playing ahead of him. Here is how they might line up: