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CITY v LEICESTER: OPPOSITION VIEW

1 October 2015

LEICESTER CITY

Nickname: The Foxes
Manager: Claudio Ranieri
2014-15: 14th
Ground: The King Power Stadium

RANIERI ON SATURDAY
Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri insists his team are 'ready' to take on the Canaries at Carrow Road this Saturday (3pm).

The Foxes have enjoyed a flying start under their new manager and are currently eighth in the top flight, even though they have conceded in every match so far.

"I want to keep a clean sheet, but if we concede and score just one more goal than them I will be happy," he told reporters on Thursday.


"We have to be focused on the counter attack and the set pieces. We are ready and we are working hard for this match.

"It will be a tough match. The spirit will be high and the fans behind them. They have good spirit and good players. They’re good not just at home, but away too."

STAR PLAYER
Late bloomer Jamie Vardy has already scored more goals for the Foxes this season than he did during the entire 2014-15 campaign.

The 28-year-old's fine form has been the main catalyst behind his side's headline-grabbing start this term, with the former Fleetwood man striking six times already.


2015 has been a lifechanging year for the striker; he made his senior England bow in June before earning another call-up for September's European Championship qualifiers.

After being released by Sheffield Wednesday as a youngster, Vardy plied his trade in non-league football before his exploits for Fleetwood earned him a £1m move to Leicester in 2012.

LAST TIME OUT
Leicester were put to the sword by Arsenal at the King Power Stadium last Saturday, losing 5-2 in their first defeat of the campaign.

Jamie Vardy had put Claudio Ranieri's team ahead after 13 minutes, but Theo Walcott's swift leveller changed the momentum in Arsenal's favour.


The Gunners' star man Alexis Sanchez scored either side of half-time to put his team in command, before completing his hat-trick ten minutes from the end.

Vardy pulled one back late on, but there was still time for substitute Olivier Giroud to add a fifth for Arsenal with the last kick of the game.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel, Mark Schwarzer.

Defenders: Ritchie de Laet, Wes Morgan (c), Robert Huth, Danny Simpson, Marcin Wasilewski, Christian Fuchs, Yohan Benalouane.

Midfielders: Danny Drinkwater, Dean Hammond, Matty James, Andy King, Marc Albrighton, Ngolo Kante, Jeff Schlupp, Nathan Dyer, Rihad Mahrez, Gokhan Inler.

Attackers: Jamie Vardy, Andrej Kramaric, Shinji Okazaki, Leonardo Ulloa.



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