Last game of our second season in the Premier League, it has been fruitful for the Cherries with the highest finish our club has ever achieved and possibly in the top ten clubs in the English football league this season. Our club visit the King Power Stadium Leicester the home of last season`s Champions Leicester City (The Foxes). The result after Leicester`s home defeat against Spurs, means a draw or win for AFC Bournemouth (AFCB), will make sure we finish in 10th spot or higher.
Claudio Ranieri in his first season as Leicester City manager won the Premier League title. In the January transfer window he brought in midfielder Wilfred Ndidi for £15 million from Genk in the hope he could help replace the gap left after N`Golo Kante left to join Chelsea. Going out the door was Jeffrey Schlupp who joined Crystal Palace for £12.5 million.
After a poor start to the first half of the 2016-17 season, Claudio Ranieri was sacked in February and he was replaced by assistant manager Craig Shakespeare. He had an impressive start with his team winning five Premier League games in a row, he is the first British manager to achieve this. Previous to him becoming their manager, Leicester had lost five Premier League games in a row.
This year at home Leicester have won 5, drawn 0 and lost 1. Away from home they have won 1, Drawn 2 and lost 6. This season at home the Foxes have won 10, drawn 3 and lost 5. Away they have won 2, drawn 4 and lost 13. In the PL Shakespeare has seen his side P 12, W 7, D 1, L 4.
On Thursday night Leicester C were thrashed at home 1-6 by Spurs, with Harry Kane scoring 4.
Leicester City Team News:
They have a number of injuries, among them are Andy King hamstring, Robert Huth foot injury, Danny Drinkwater thigh strain and Wes Morgan hamstring.
Player to watch: Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy, before Shakespeare took the helm, Vardy had only scored 5 PL goals in 22 games. When the new manager took over he has found his scoring boots again and scored 7 PL goals in 12 games.
AFC Bournemouth Team News:
With Lewis Cook away on International duty, Andrew Surman could be in contention for this last game of the season. Dan Gosling is the more likely to take Cook`s place and Benik Afobe is also improving from his injury.
Player to watch: Joshua King
Josh King, he has scored more goals this season (16) than Vardy and has netted 9 times in his last 11 PL games.
Match Facts & Stats
The last time we visited the King Power Stadium and our first visit in the Premier League in the 2015-16 season the game ended in a 0-0 draw, the earlier game at Dean Court also ended in a draw, but the score was 1-1. In our visits in the leagues to Leicester C, AFCB have Won 2, Drawn 1 and Lost 2. In all competitions AFCB have Won 4, Drawn 2 and Lost 6. Our game against them at Dean Court this season ended in a 1-0 win for the Cherries.