Struggling Canaries travel to second-placed Leicester City


Brendan Rodgers’ in-form Foxes welcome Norwich City to the King Power on Saturday .

The visitors come into this fixture in dismal form, only winning one from their previous ten league games which has seen them plummet to 19th in the division.

In contrast, the hosts come into this game on an impeccable run of form. The East Midlands’ side have won their last eight league games, and are favourites to come away from this one with another three points.

No doubt Jamie Vardy will be one to look out for on Saturday. The Former England Striker scored twice in their 4-1 win at Aston Villa last Sunday, bringing his total amount to 16 goals this season (and counting).

In addition to this, the 32 year old has scored in eight consecutive Premier League games. He is closing in on the record of 11 straight league games, which Vardy of course, set back in November 2015 .

The last time these two teams met was back in February 2016. A late goal from Leonardo Ulloa gave Leicester all three points. The Foxes went on to win the Title, and Norwich were relegated.

Daniel Farke knows he has a massive task on his hands to guide the East Anglian side a second season in the top flight following promotion from the Championship in April. However, a win at the King Power could see them one point from safety, if results go their way.

Leicester, on the other hand, are currently eight points adrift of leader’s Liverpool, meaning a win for them would keep pressure on them at the top of the table. It would also move them nine points clear of third placed Manchester City, who travel to Arsenal on Sunday.

This will also be James Maddison’s first game against his former side since his move to Leicester beck in July 2018.

Team news

Matty James is the only Leicester casualty coming into this one, he has been out with injuries to his calf, heel and shin with no set return date.

For Norwich, Tim Klose has been sidelined with a knee injury which will see the Swiss miss the most of the season. Klose’s fellow compatriot, Josip Drmic, is also unavailable on Saturday following an thigh injury picked up in November; he is most likely to be back in the New Year.

There is a slim chance that Grant Hanley could return for the Canaries this weekend following issues with his hip, pelvis and groin.

Brendan Rodgers:

“Win our next game, that’s always been our mantra, to never look too far ahead. It’s hard to forecast in football and all you can do is bring you best game into the game.

“Of course, Norwich are sitting at the wrong end of the table and they don’t want to be there, but they’ve shown they can win, so we have to focus on the next game.”

Daniel Farke heaped praise on the Foxes after their blistering start to the campaign:

“Quality is defined over a long-term period, and Vardy has been delivering for a long time. He’s one of the best strikers in Europe, so it’s a key task for us to control his movements.

“The praise for Maddison is well deserved. He always had a great attitude. We had to build him up from being like a kid. He was always greedy to improve. He finds a good balance between being confident and self-critical.
“We need an outstanding performance. They have several wins in a row. We’ve showed that we are competitive on every level. We could have lost all four of the last games, but it was definitely possible to win them.”


Leicester wins: 23

Draws: 12

Norwich wins: 21


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