Brighton & Hove Albion welcome a winless Leicester to the AMEX Stadium in the first of a Super Sunday double-header.
Victory would see Brighton stay fourth in the table, whereas Leicester can climb out of the relegation zone with a win.
Jeremy Sarmiento is a fitness doubt for Brighton after recovering from a knee injury.
Adam Lallana (calf) and Jakub Moder (knee) remain ruled out.
Leicester could welcome Daniel Amartey back into contention after he missed Thursday’s defeat against Manchester United for unspecified reasons.
Ricardo Pereira (Achilles) and Ryan Bertrand (knee) remain absent.
New signing, Wout Faes could make his debut.
- Brighton have won just one of 10 previous Premier League meetings against Leicester (W1, D3, L6).
- Leicester are unbeaten in four of their last five league visits to Brighton (W3, D1, L1).
- Brighton’s Danny Welbeck scored in both league appearances against Leicester last season (W1, D1).
- Both teams have scored in each of their last four meetings in all competitions.
- Alexis Mac Allister’s two goals for Brighton this season have been scored from the penalty spot.
- Thursday’s defeat against Man Utd ended a 11 match scoring run for Leicester in the Premier League (W3, D2, L6).
After a strong start to the season, Brighton seemed off-character in their midweek loss at Fulham where they were tactically outplayed, whilst their defence seemed to lack it’s usual focus and organisation but hopefully it’s an one-off if they want to stay in the top four.
Sat bottom with just one point from their opening five games and missing their defensive spine following the departures of Kasper Schmeichel and Wesley Fofana this summer, Leicester did well to refocus in a tightly-fought defeat against Man Utd in midweek.
My concern though is that this squad is starting to relax on their laurels after largely being together for many seasons – give or take a few comings and goings – which is a worry because there are enough talented stars to ignite quality within this team yet they’re just lacking creativity.
This fixture though has tended to favour Leicester in terms of head-to-head record so they now need to use that as a morale booster and show more creative desire, because I can see another defeat coming if Brighton score first and kick on.
Prediction: Brighton 2-0 Leicester
Result: Brighton 5-2 Leicester