hree Nigerian stars Victor Moses, Ahmed Musa and Wilfred Ndidi are set to be in battle later tonight when champions Leicester City tackle table toppers Chelsea.
Ahmed Musa was in a blistering form when the Foxes came from behind to defeat Everton in their FA cup third round encounter last weekend with Musa scoring his side’s both goals.
With Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani and Daniel Amartey all absent for Leicester City due to their involvement at the Africa Cup of Nations, Musa could partner Jamie Vardy in the attack.
New signing from Belgian side, Genk in a £15 million deal, Wilfred Ndidi is in the frame to start after an impressive debut in the 2-1 victory over Everton in the FA Cup last weekend.
Leicester City’s Claudio Ranieri said Ndidi is likely to make his English Premier League debut against Chelsea on Saturday.
Ranieri, who was held in awe of the midfielder’s performance, gave a strong indication in persisting with him against Antonio Conte’s all-conquering team.
“I think he’ll (Ndidi) make his debut against Chelsea,” Ranieri told Leicester Mercury.
“I’ve been waiting for this kind of performance. He’ll get better the more he plays and understands the team.
The former Chelsea boss, who started Ndidi alongside Papy Mendy and Danny Drinkwater in a three-man midfield against the Toffees, also stated that the versatile youngster could find himself playing in various midfield setups.
“Every match is different. Against Everton I wanted to play three midfielders, but that doesn’t mean every time I’ll play with three midfielders.
“Chelsea is a big one but also Leicester – don’t look at the table. Leicester is a good team,” he concluded.
Andy King (illness) should be fit to play and Jamie Vardy, also illness, is back in training, but Leonardo Ulloa is a doubt with a muscular problem.
On the other hand, Chelsea’s Victor Moses will again start in the Wing back position in the must-win match for the league leaders.
Moses’ Chelsea suffered defeat last time out as Nigerian-born midfielder Dele Alli’s brace saw Spurs edge out the Blues at White Hart Lane and Antonio Conte’s men will definitely want to return to winning ways against the inconsistent Foxes.
The Blues are without the suspended John Terry, while Nathan Ake will be considered for a place on the bench after returning from his successful loan spell at AFC Bournemouth.
Conte has said that young Belgian winger Charly Masonda is training with the first team after returning from a loan spell at Real Betis and could feature in the first team in the coming months.
Did you know?
Chelsea have won three of their last four league visits to Leicester City (L1).
Chelsea can beat a reigning Premier League champion twice in the same season for the first time since 2009/10, when they ended up winning the title.
Eighteen of the 21 Premier League points Leicester City have won this season have come at home (86%).
Diego Costa has had a hand in 11 goals in his last 11 Premier League appearances away from home (nine goals, two assists).
What the managers say
Claudio Ranieri: “In our first match without Mahrez and Slimani we won and we have to show the same attitude and strength against Chelsea.”
Antonio Conte: “Nathan Ake has grown as a player while on loan but needs time to adapt to our way of playing.”
Match: Premier League fixture
Venue: King Power Stadium, Leicester
Date: 14th January, 2017