Brighton hope to make it seven games without defeat as they travel to the King Power on Sunday
After snatching defeat from the jaws of victory on Wednesday night, Leicester are back in Premier League action on Sunday afternoon, as they host Brighton at the King Power.
Brendan Rodgers must have thought his side had done enough to see off Spurs in midweek, but the latest of late braces from Steven Bergwijn put another dent in Leicester’s hopes for a top six finish. A day earlier Brighton recorded another impressive result, drawing 1-1 with Chelsea after going behind in the first half to further improve Graham Potter’s reputation as one of the best coaches outside the top four.
That result meant the Seagulls made it six games without defeat in all competitions, and they head into the game in the East Midlands with a four point cushion over Leicester, and eyes on pushing into the top eight.
Leicester meanwhile have won two and lost three of their last five league games, which perfectly sums up their inconsistent form over the Christmas period. They’ve been nothing short of entertaining to watch though, with their last six games producing 24 goals.
Some of those goals have been a result of Leicester’s woeful injury record, which is finally showing some signs of easing. James Justin made a return from an ACL injury in the defeat to Spurs, and could be in line to start his first game this season, but the Foxes are still without NINE first-team players.
Jonny Evans, Timothy Castagne, Jamie Vardy, Wesley Fofana, Ricardo Pereira and Ryan Bertrand are all set to miss out, and Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfried Ndidi and Nampalys Mendy are all at the African Nations Cup. Daniel Amartey could return to the squad though, after his Ghana side were eliminated at the group stage.
As for Brighton, they’ve still got Yves Bissouma on international duty with Mali, and Jason Steele, Enock Mwepu and Jeremy Sarmiento injured. Shane Duffy and Adam Lallana are 50/50 with injuries, but Lewis Dunk could return if he makes it through the last training session before the game unscathed.
The two sides have met twice already this season, with both claiming a win apiece. The first league meeting ended in Brighton taking the points in a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Neal Maupay and Danny Welbeck, but Leicester got their revenge by knocking Brighton out of the Carabao Cup back in September, on penalties.
If Leicester can get the win, they’ll ensure they stay in the top half and close the gap on Brighton to a single point. If Potter’s side can complete the league double, they could move above Wolves if they better their result against Brentford.
Leicester City take on Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday, January 23rd. Kick-off is at 2pm.