Leicester City welcome Fulham to the King Power Stadium in the first of a Monday Night Football double bill from the Premier League.
Leicester can go second with victory whilst Fulham can climb out of the relegation zone and go 17th if they can take a win here.
Timothy Castagne is in contention to return for Leicester from a hamstring injury after a “twinge” kept the Belgian out of their last two matches as a precaution.
Ricardo Pereira (knee), Caglar Soyuncu (muscle) and Wilfred Ndidi (adductor) won’t be available but are set to return within the next fortnight, whilst Daniel Amartey (hamstring) remains sidelined indefinitely.
Fulham will have Aboubakar Kamara back from suspension but Kenny Tete remains absent with a calf injury until mid December.
Terence Kongolo (foot) and Joshua Onomah (undisclosed) are still ruled out indefinitely with no set return dates.
- Leicester are unbeaten in four of six previous Premier League meetings against Fulham (W1, D3, L2).
- Fulham have won just one of their last five trips to Leicester (W1, D2, L2).
- Both teams have scored in their last six meetings across all competitions dating back to a 2-2 draw in Third Round of 2006-07 FA Cup at the King Power Stadium.
- Foxes’ Harvey Barnes is one of two Premier League players to have missed a league-high three big chances coming into this match week, alongside Wolves’ Leander Dendoncker.
- No Fulham player has been dispossessed more times this season than Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa who lost the ball on 16 occasions in nine league appearances.
After a tough return to domestic football following the international break with six goals conceded in two matches across all competitions, Leicester will be relishing this clash against a leaky Fulham defence if they can show the same attacking quality that we saw against Braga on Thursday but with better defending at same time.
Fulham meanwhile delivered a mixed performance last weekend against Everton because although their attacking intent grew throughout with substitutes adding more aggression to their play, whereas their defending continues to be a worry especially in the early stages on top of short corners without any real dangerous players to play to within the box who can cause issues.
I honestly feel that this is Leicester’s to lose because although Fulham have plenty of promise within their attacking department, their defence is there for the taking if can crack them open early and I can see the Foxes taking full advantage if want to stay with the title fight.
Prediction: Leicester 2-1 Fulham
Result: Leicester 1-2 Fulham