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The Foxes’ six-game winning streak came to an emphatic end on Sunday away at Anfield, but though they would have hoped to capitalize on the injury-hit Reds, they should be able to pick themselves up in this fixture.
Three wins from three leaves them in complete control of their Europa League group, with a commanding goal difference to boot, and another victory here would virtually wrap up first place.
Braga shouldn’t be underestimated however, having won eight of their last nine matches, but it’s worth noting that the exception was a 4-0 defeat in the reverse fixture earlier this month.
Overall, they’ve enjoyed a fairly kind fixture list, with their only major victory during this period coming over Benfica, so it’s understandable that Leicester start as favourites.
Leicester To Beat Braga
Carlos Carvalhal mirrored Leicester at the King Power by lining up with a back three, but while Braga enjoyed the larger share of possession, their hosts that day were ruthless on the counter attack and we’d expect Braga to revert to their usual back four.
A draw would suit both sides, but Braga are yet to register one this term from 11 games and likewise, Leicester haven’t had one either from their 13 outings to date.
Over 2.5 Goals
Eight of Braga’s 11 matches this season have featured at least two goals and up against the best sides they’ve encountered (Porto, Leicester and Benfica), all three matches saw a minimum of four goals, with Braga conceding nine times in total across these and at least twice in each.
Nine of Leicester’s 13 matches this term have seen a minimum of three strikes, including four of their last five, so chances shouldn’t be at a premium in this contest.
Rodgers has already shown a penchant for rotation in these group stages and with a perfect record so far, he’s hardly likely to rip up the strategy given the hectic schedule coming up.
Kelechi Iheanacho To Score Anytime
Ricardo Pereira, Timothy Castagne and Daniel Amartey aren’t ready yet, but though Wilfried Ndidi and Caglar Soyuncu are back in training, we would expect them to miss out here too.
Jamie Vardy should also receive a rest, having played just 70 minutes of their Europa League campaign this term, with Kelechi Iheanacho taking his place in the line-up.
The Nigerian scored twice and produced an assist in the reverse fixture, leaving him with three goals and as many assists from 163 minutes in this competition.