Managerless Leicester City will be looking to build on their impressive victory over Liverpool earlier in the week when they host fellow Premier League strugglers Hull City at the King Power Stadium this weekend.
In a repeat of the opening day of the season, where Hull were the surprise winners that day, a win for the Tigers will see them go level on points with Leicester in the Premier League table.
Marco Silva’s side currently sit in 19th, three points behind their opponents but only a point from safety, as both sides go into Saturday’s clash looking for a crucial win in their respective battles for survival.
After a torrid run of six winless matches to begin the year – not scoring in any of those six – Leicester finally recorded a much-needed win in spectacular fashion against Liverpool.
A loss to relegation rivals Swansea City and a draw against Middlesbrough were two games in this run that the Foxes would have wanted to win, so they will be looking for third time lucky against Hull on Saturday.
The visitors have been inconsistent of late, beating Liverpool and Bournemouth yet falling to defeat against Arsenal and Chelsea, and Silva will be hoping his side return to winning ways at their rivals.
Caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare is expected to name an unchanged eleven from the win over Liverpool on Monday, with no new injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s encounter.
This means Wilfred Ndidi and Danny Drinkwater, key men during Monday’s win, will take up their positions in the middle of the park as they look to provide another vital contribution.
The big news for Hull is that Dieumerci Mbokani is set to miss the next six weeks, with the forward picking up a hamstring injury during the 1-1 draw with Burnley last weekend.
Abel Hernandez and Oumar Niasse are the likely candidates to return to the starting line-up, whilst Lazar Markovic is in line for a return to the side.
Defender Harry Maguire looks set to be fit in time to face the current Premier League champions after suffering a knee injury last week, with Silva confirming that the knock isn’t as bad as first feared.
Despite the recent shock sacking of Claudio Ranieri, Leicester’s confidence will be through the roof after securing an impressive victory over top-four challenging Liverpool earlier in the week and the Foxes will be looking to record consecutive victories for the first time in the league this season against Hull.
It won’t be easy against an equally resurgent Hull City side, however, who have only lost two of their previous five league matches – taking eight points to leave them only a point adrift of safety.
Marco Silva has his side playing confident football since his arrival at the KCOM stadium, but Leicester played with true intent and tenacity against Liverpool. With home advantage on the Foxes’ side, it could well be their supporters that help push their side over the line against Hull City.
Predicted Score: Leicester City 2-1 Hull City