Leicester City will be looking to build on their positive result last week when they take on Bournemouth at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Leicester defeated Sheffield United 2-1 at Bramall Lane last time out, while Bournemouth will be aiming to bounce back from their 3-1 defeat to Manchester City.
Leicester look set to be one of the most dangerous sides in the Premier League this season, with Brendan Rodgers’ team starting three games unbeaten. Having picked up successive draws in their opening two games against tough opposition in Wolves and Chelsea, they were the heavy favourites against Sheffield United and lived up to their billing. The Foxes won 2-1 thanks to goals from Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes, with the latter’s effort being the goal of the weekend after he hit a thunderous half volley to win the game for his team. That result now leaves Leicester sat in fourth place coming into this weekend and three points in this one will see them head into the season’s first international break in the Champions League places.
Bournemouth suffered their first defeat of the new Premier League season last weekend, with reigning champions Manchester City taking a 3-1 win at the Vitality Stadium. Harry Wilson’s excellent free-kick was the one shining light for the Cherries on the afternoon, as Sergio Aguero bagged a brace alongside a Raheem Sterling effort to pick up a pretty routine win. Prior to that defeat, Bournemouth drew 1-1 with Sheffield United at home before beating Aston Villa 2-1 at Villa Park, with this weekend’s clash set to be another significant test of Eddie Howe’s men.
This is a quality Leicester side that have strength in depth and quality sprinkled throughout their squad, and they should be too strong for Bournemouth this weekend.
Given the quality of his strike against Sheffield United last weekend, it would be a shock not to see Harvey Barnes in the starting XI this weekend. Barnes has scored 11 goals since the start of last season.
Leicester won this fixture 2-0 last season.
There were eight goals scored in the two meetings between these two teams last season.
Five of the eight Premier League games between these clubs have finished as a draw.
Ben Chilwell (hip) has missed Leicester’s last two outings, with Christian Fuchs filling his void in recent weeks. Harvey Barnes will be pushing to start after scoring the winner against Sheffield United last time out.
Bournemouth have a lengthy injury list that sees Simon Francis, Lloyd Kelly, Charlie Daniels, Dan Gosling, Junior Stanislas and David Brooks all ruled out of this one. However, Lewis Cook is back in training as he nears his return from a cruciate ligament injury.