Leicester City-Norwich City Preview
Norwich City and Leicester City should both be confident of taking points from their match at Carrow Road on Saturday.
The newly promoted Canaries (2-3-2) have made a decent start on their return to Premier League football and lost only one of their past five matches, climbing to 12th in the table on nine points.
Norwich came away from in-form West Ham with a 2-2 draw last Saturday and looked on course to collect all three points before the Hammers scored a last-gasp equaliser.
Robbie Brady, with his first goal for Norwich, and Nathan Redmond twice gave the Canaries the lead only for West Ham to draw level with goals from Diafra Sakho and Cheikhou Kouyate, who rescued a point for the east Londoners with a goal on 90 minutes.
Republic of Ireland international Brady, a summer signing from Hull City, was pleased to open his account for Norwich, but sorry the Canaries had to settle for a draw.
"At the end of the day it’s a good point away from home but we’re disappointed to concede in the last minute," the 26-year-old winger told his club’s official website. "It keeps our good run going but it’s frustrating at the same time.
"I was obviously very happy to score. There were three points to be had today and we’ve come away with one. It’s not the worst thing in the world but we should be looking to hold them off."
The Foxes (3-3-1) suffered their first league defeat of the season after being overrun 5-2 at home against Arsenal last weekend, dropping to eighth in the table on 12 points.
James Vardy hit both Leicester goals against Arsenal, who went on to win an entertaining match courtesy of a hat trick from Alexis Sanchez and further strikes by Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud.
Leicester have prospered under Claudio Ranieri, who replaced Nigel Pearson during the summer. However, one concern for the 63-year-old Ranieri is his side’s porous defence.
The Foxes have netted 15 league goals themselves and scored in all seven matches, but they have also failed to keep a clean sheet in league play while conceding 14.
Danny Drinkwater admits the Foxes have to tighten up at the back but wants his side to continue with their adventurous style.
"We don’t need to sacrifice our attacking play," the midfielder told his club’s official website. "We just need to be a little more solid at times. We need to stop conceding goals because that is a problem.
"On the flip side it is not easy to stop Arsenal and any team would say that. They showed up big time and were back to what Arsenal are like."
Gary Hooper and Youssouf Mulumbu both remain sidelined for Norwich, while Matty James and Nathan Dyer are Leicester’s only injury concerns.
Norwich and Leicester last met back in 2012 in the FA Cup fifth round. The Foxes went to Carrow Road and beat the Canaries 2-1 on goals from Sean St Ledger and David Nugent. Wes Hoolahan replied for Norwich.
The last time these sides competed in the same league was during 2010-11 in the Championship. Norwich did the double over Leicester en route to promotion that year.