Leicester v Bournemouth preview: Wes Morgan expected to miss final game of season
Last Updated: 21/05/17 8:08am
Craig Shakespeare will be hoping for a response from his Leicester players after their 6-1 home defeat to Tottenham when they play Bournemouth on Sunday.
The stand-in Leicester boss is still in the dark regarding his future at the club despite winning eight of his 15 games in charge and guiding last year's Premier League champions away from the relegation zone.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth have ended the season strongly under Eddie Howe winning three of their last four games. The Cherries are on course for their best ever league finish, beating their 16th place finish last season.
Wes Morgan and Robert Huth are expected to miss their final game of the season for Leicester.
Midfielders Andy King, Danny Drinkwater and Nampalys Mendy are also doubts for Shakespeare.
Bournemouth could have midfielder Andrew Surman available again.
Lewis Cook has left for international duty with England ahead of the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea, but midfielder Dan Gosling should feature after his recent calf problem while striker Benik Afobe is still nursing a hamstring strain.
On-loan Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has already been ruled out for the season after suffering a fractured leg, while forward Callum Wilson, goalkeeper Adam Federici and defender Rhoys Wiggins all continue their recovery from knee injuries.
After winning four successive games in the second tier against Bournemouth, Leicester are without a Premier League victory in three contests (D2 L1).
Bournemouth have kept a clean sheet in their last two league games against Leicester, after going six without one.
Jamie Vardy scored the winning goal for Leicester the last time they beat Bournemouth at home in a league match in October 2013.
For just the third time in the 11 Premier League seasons, the Foxes will be finishing the season at home, winning their previous two, including a 5-1 win over QPR at the end of the 2014-15 campaign.
Bournemouth are away on the final day of season for the fourth successive campaign (W1 D1 L2), with the Cherries last home game on final day coming in League One against Preston North End in 2012.
Bournemouth's next goal in the Premier League will be their 100th in the competition - Josh King has scored 22 of their 99 so far, twice the total of any other Cherries player.
King has 16 Premier League goals this season and this is the third highest scoring season by a Norwegian player. Only Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (18 goals in 1996-97 and 17 goals in 2001-02) has managed more in a single PL campaign.
Howe's side have already surpassed their points total from last season (42) and could record a top-half finish in their second top-flight season.
Leicester themselves could finish in the top-half for consecutive seasons for the first time in the Premier League since 1999/2000.
Eleven different English players have made 20+ Premier League appearances for Bournemouth this season. The last Premier League team to do this were Aston Villa in 2000-01 (also 11 players).
After winning his first five Premier League games in charge of Leicester City, Craig Shakespeare has enjoyed just two wins in his last seven games as their manager in the competition (W2 D1 L4).
I've watched Bournemouth over the last few weeks, they are a good football team and have done well to stay up. Shakespeare has got Leicester going but I'm going for a 2-2 because both teams like to have a go. They have finished the season decently.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-2 (12/1 with Sky Bet)
Leicester are the 5/6 odds-on favourites with Sky Bet, who give Bournemouth a 3/1 chance of finishing with a win while the draw is 11/4. Vardy is the 100/30 favourite to score the first goal of the game, while for the Cherries, King is seen as the most likely at 11/2. The Foxes are expected to finish in the top half next season at 6/5, while their visitors are marginally shorter odds at evens.