A repeat of the Community Shield takes place on Saturday afternoon, as Leicester face Man City at the King Power
Two teams who have made identical starts to the season meet at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, as Leicester host Manchester City, hoping to repeat the score line of almost a year ago.
When the sides met in September last season it was Leicester who took the points, smashing five past Pep Guardiola’s side as their excellent start to the season took them to the top of the table. As we know, City bounced back with a vengeance, and exacted revenge the last time the sides met at the King Power, running out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus.
Fast forward just over five months, and both the scorers from that day won’t be playing this time round. Mendy is still in custody as he awaits trial on a rape charge, while Jesus is a victim of the political tit-for-tat between the Brazilian FA and the Premier League. The authorities have determined that players who weren’t allowed to link up with their nations must observe a five-day suspension, meaning Jesus will miss the trip to Leicester.
It’s also bad news for Guardiola, who has lost Ederson thanks to the same rule, and it gets worse when you learn that backup stopper Zak Steffen has tested positive for COVID. That means Scott Carson is in line for just his second ever league appearance for City, unless Guardiola opts for Kyle Walker in goal that is. The last time Carson wore the gloves for a league game, it was a thriller against Newcastle United. He saved a Joe Willock penalty, only to see the rebound converted by the same player en route to a 4-3 win in which Ferran Torres scored a hat-trick at the other end.
Torres’ recent conversion into a striker may continue at the KP, having scored four goals for club and country this season already. Phil Foden is also hoping to be involved after an ankle injury delayed his start to the season, and Kevin De Bruyne will be monitored closely before kick-off after his struggles with a similar problem.
As for Leicester, new signing Ryan Bertrand should be available to make his debut after recovering from COVID, and fellow new defender Jannik Vestergaard may be back from a knee injury that kept him out of the games against West Ham and Norwich. Jonny Evans didn’t link up with Northern Ireland over the international break in order to continue his recovery from a foot problem, and has a chance of making the squad.
James Justin and Wesley Fofana are definitely missing, as well as Ayoze Perez, who is suspended for the second game of a three-match ban for his tackle on Pablo Fornals. Ricardo Pereira went off after 10 minutes of the win over Norwich with a hamstring injury, but Brendan Rodgers has confirmed he has came through training well recently, and should play.
Leicester City take on Manchester City at the King Power stadium on Saturday, September 11th. Kick-off is at 3pm.