Leicester V Swansea at The King Power Stadium : Match Preview

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26 August 2016
Leicester V Swansea - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game live.


Nampalys Mendy to miss out for Leicester against Swansea

Nampalys Mendy is out for Leicester's home game with Swansea after suffering an ankle injury against Arsenal last week.

The midfielder limped off in the second half of the 0-0 draw, his league debut, and replacement Andy King is set to start in his place at the King Power Stadium.

Jeff Schlupp is a doubt after a muscle injury also kept him out of the draw with the Gunners but the left-sided player looks set to stay at the champions after bids from West Brom were rejected.

Danny Drinkwater is likely to start after he signed a new five-year deal on Thursday.

Leicester are hunting their first win after picking up only one point from their opening two Premier League games and boss Claudio Ranieri remains focused on his survival target.

"I am very focused to achieve 40 points, this is our target. It's the same target of last season, we don't change our minds and it's important to be focused on our job," he said.

"It's not so stressful. It's good to get points - we're at home, we want to win. It will be a different game from last season."

Wales defender Neil Taylor will miss out for Swansea as he continues to build up fitness following his extended post-Euro 2016 break.

Taylor featured for the first time this season in Swansea's EFL Cup win at Peterborough in midweek, but he has opted to play in an under-23 fixture on Friday night rather than sit on the bench at Leicester.

Record signing Borja Baston remains out with a thigh injury, while Scotland Under-21 striker Oliver McBurnie has been added to the squad after his two-goal show at Peterborough.

Francesco Guidolin has urged his Swansea players to be bold after wilting on their last Leicester outing.

Swansea return to the King Power Stadium just four months after a 4-0 defeat saw Leicester take a huge step towards winning the Premier League title.

That April afternoon was the heaviest defeat of Guidolin's managerial reign at Swansea and he is determined to avoid a repeat as he comes up against his fellow Italian Ranieri again.

"I remember the last game, we lost 4-0 but we began very well." said Guidolin. "But when you lose a game 4-0 you cannot talk about this.

"We have to be courageous, compact and focused. This is a strong team we face and it is important to play a clever game."


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