Brendan Rodgers takes his Leicester side to Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon in search of just a second win in six outings.
The Foxes inconsistency throughout the 2021/22 campaign has cost them up to this point, with Rodgers’ side just about scraping into the top half of the table. That said, they are still just five points off the top four, and have scored nine goals in their last three games in all competitions.
However, a defensive fragility from set pieces has seen Leicester come a cropper this season, and they will need to be on their game against a Villa side buoyed the arrival of Steven Gerrard as manager.
Rodgers has a few injury worries to contend with, so here’s the team he may pick to get the job done at Villa Park.
Kasper Schmeichel (GK) – Leicester’s skipper hasn’t kept a Premier League clean sheet since the opening day of the season.
Timothy Castagne (RB) – With Ricardo Pereira still absent, Castagne’s place at right-back is pretty secure.
Jonny Evans (CB) – Such a crucial presence at the back for the Foxes and, as a goal and an assist in his last two will attest to, he’s so much more than just a defender.
Caglar Soyuncu (CB) – Has arguably improved as the season has progressed, and should be in line for a 15th Premier League appearance of the campaign.
Luke Thomas (LB) – James Justin remains sidelined so Thomas will likely continue on the left of defence.
Wilfred Ndidi (CM) – Has had an up and down time of things this term, although remains a key figure in the Leicester lineup.
Boubakary Soumare (CM) – Has featured in each of the Foxes’ previous 14 matches in all competitions, but should still be full of running come Sunday’s trip to Aston Villa.
James Maddison (AM) – Well, well, well; this is more like it. Maddison has been sensational of late – with three goals and three assists in his last three – and will certainly start after a recently-sustained knock proved to be inconsequential.
Ademola Lookman (RW) – Wasn’t all that bright against Southampton in midweek but offers plenty of promise.
Jamie Vardy (ST) – Closing in on double digits for the Premier League season already, Vardy is just a machine.
Harvey Barnes (LW) – Barnes is undoubtedly a talented player, but his performances have been hampered by injury problems. Must deliver more end product.