Is the Premier League even back if Jamie Vardy hasn’t sh**housed a set of away fans in a Leicester City victory?
The veteran striker treated us to his very best ‘wolf howl’ after slaying Wolverhampton Wanderers on the opening weekend of the new season, and now we can all safely say that the football is back – and we love it.
Vardy’s goal was enough to give Leicester all three points and kick off their campaign in perfect fashion. But they face a difficult trip to West Ham United on Monday night, where Brendan Rodgers will be aiming for a second successive win.
Should he stick with the winning formula, or make changes for the journey to east London?
Here’s 90min’s predicted Leicester lineup for the trip to West Ham.
Kasper Schmeichel (GK) – No doubt over the man between the goalposts. Schmeichel is one of the best in the league in his position, but he’ll have his work cut out against the ruthless Michail Antonio.
Ricardo Pereira (RB) – It’s great to see Pereira back after his long battle with injury. The full-back was crucial to their victory over Wolves, bagging the assist that won the match. Same again, please.
Jannik Vestergaard (CB) – Daniel Amartey started against Wolves, but Vestergaard should walk straight into the lineup after his move from Southampton.
Caglar Soyuncu (CB) – Set to start alongside another centre-back partner, Soyuncu will have to get his teammate settled and up to speed early doors.
Timothy Castagne (LB) – We could see Castagne’s first appearance of the season too, after returning from a nasty facial injury he suffered during Belgium’s Euro 2020 campaign.
Youri Tielemans (CM) – Many thought Tielemans would be off this summer, but he’s stuck around to dominate Premier League midfields in the Leicester blue for another year. Set for an interesting battle with Declan Rice.
Wilfred Ndidi (CM) – Another talented player on the ball, Ndidi will need to keep a close eye on the movement of Said Benrahma and Pablo Fornals in the West Ham final third.
James Maddison (AM) – The creative talisman in the middle. When he’s on form, Leicester are an incredibly tough team to stop. Another man who will have to get the better of Declan Rice.
Ayoze Perez (RW) – Not one of the more celebrated stars in this team, but Perez is definitely a vital player in replicating how Rodgers wants the game to be played.
Jamie Vardy (ST) – How will Vardy celebrate a goal on Monday? Pretending to swing a giant hammer to decapitate a corner flag? Act out some ironing on a player’s back? We can’t wait to find out.
Harvey Barnes (LW) – Back from his injury and ready to make up for lost time, Barnes is going to be a live wire on that left flank. The English winger vs Vladimir Coufal is a great match-up.