Leicester v Swansea - Saturday 15:00
Leicester have yet to get their title defence properly up and running following defeat to Hull and a goalless draw with Arsenal, but they contested fiercely against the Gunners and their team spirit appears intact after managing to keep hold of most of last season’s stars. The restoration of the Morgan-Huth partnership at the back added resilience following the latter’s suspension for the game against Hull. In midfield, Nampaly Mendy looked like a good replacement for N’Golo Kante before coming off injured and Leicester will hope he will be fit by the weekend, but they do have Andy King in reserve.
Francesco Guidolin prematurely acclaimed his teams defending at set-pieces after the opening day win at Burnley, as Swansea once again came unstuck against Hull, failing to remedy a consistent failure from last season where they conceded more goals from dead balls than any other team. With forceful leader Ashley Williams no longer patrolling their six yard box, Leicester may target them in this area as they did in the corresponding fixture back in April where they ran out 4-0 winners.
Swansea’s attack this season will focus around the hold-up play of Fernando Llorente, Modou Barrow’s runs down the touchline, Gylfi Sigurdsson’s creativity and set pieces from midfield and Borja Baston once he returns from injury. Against Leicester they will hope Sigurdsson and Barrow, in particular, can provide some invention or Llorente looks set for another frustrating and isolated afternoon up against the physicality of Huth and Morgan.
With Swansea’s continued struggles from set-pieces, we fancy Leicester to take advantage and are having a punt on Robert Huth to score anytime and add to the three goals he managed last term.