Leicester v Swansea preview: Foxes without Nampalys Mendy for home clash
Last Updated: 27/08/16 3:18pm
Leicester go in search of their first Premier League win of the season against Swansea, but will be without midfielder Nampalys Mendy.
Mendy is out after suffering an ankle injury against Arsenal last week, where a goalless draw left them with one point out of a possible six from their opening two games.
Swansea have started the season indifferently, beating Burnley on the opening day before losing at home to Hull last weekend, and the 4-0 defeat at the King Power from April will be fresh in some players' memories.
"I remember the last game, we lost 4-0 but we began very well." said Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin.
"But when you lose a game 4-0 you cannot talk about this. We have to be courageous, compact and focused. This is a strong team we face and it is important to play a clever game."
Mendy limped off in the second half against Arsenal, his league debut, and replacement Andy King is set to start in his place at the King Power Stadium.
Jeff Schlupp is a doubt after a muscle injury also kept him out of the draw with the Gunners but the left-sided player looks set to stay at the champions after bids from West Brom were rejected.
Wales defender Neil Taylor will miss Swansea's trip to Leicester as he continues to build up fitness following his extended post-Euro 2016 break.
Taylor featured for the first time this season in Swansea's EFL Cup win at Peterborough in midweek, but he has opted to play in an Under-23 fixture on Friday night rather than sit on the bench at Leicester.
Record signing Borja Baston remains out with a thigh injury, while Scotland Under-21 striker Oliver McBurnie has been added to the squad after his two-goal show at Peterborough.
Leicester City have won their last three Premier League matches against Swansea City, scoring nine and conceding none.
Swansea are winless in their last 12 games away to Leicester in all competitions (D3 L9), losing the last six in a row.
Riyad Mahrez scored in both Premier League meetings with Swansea last season, netting a hat-trick at Liberty Stadium in December 2015 and one goal at the King Power Stadium in April 2016.
Ranieri is still looking to secure his 100th Premier League win as a manager - he will be only the fifth non-British/Irish manager to reach this landmark if he guides the Foxes to victory in this match.
If Leicester City lose this match, they'll be only the sixth defending top-flight champions to win just one point in their first three games of the following season (no sides have 0 points).
The previous lowest tally by a defending champion in the following season is one point, set by Sunderland in 1913-14, Portsmouth in 1950-51, Arsenal in 1953-54, Ipswich in 1962-63 and Arsenal in 1991-92.
Wayne Routledge has created more chances than any other player in the Premier League this season after two matchdays (9).
I thought Leicester were unlucky against Arsenal last weekend as they had a stonewall penalty turned down. This is another one, though, that if they lose they will be without a win in their first three games as champions and people will start saying they were a one-hit wonder. I think there is a lot more to Leicester than that.
Swansea were disappointing against Hull. They won at Burnley on the opening day but couldn't build on that performance last weekend.
Champions Leicester are still searching for their first victory of the season but look to have an outstanding chance at home to Swansea on Saturday. The Foxes are 7/10 with Sky Bet to provide manager Claudio Ranieri with his 100th success in the Premier League and 7/4 to do so in style with a victory by at least two clear goals.
Swansea are two from two away from home this term, including a 3-1 win over Peterborough in the EFL Cup on Tuesday, and can backed at 4/1 to pick up all three points and 13/5 to leave the King Power with a draw.
Vardy and Mahrez were unstoppable at home last term and are 4/1 and 9/2 respectively to open the scoring against the Swans, with summer signing Fernando Llorente a 7/1 chance for the visitors ahead of prolific midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson at 9s.