Leicester City will be looking to widen the gap between them and second-placed Tottenham when they welcome Swansea City to the King Power Stadium on Sunday.
League leaders Leicester City have a chance to prove that they aren’t the one-man show some cynical pundits believe them to be as they take on Swansea without talismanic striker Jamie Vardy. The 29-year-old is suspended following his sending off against West Ham last weekend.
Securing three points will widen their lead at the summit to eight points, with the Londoners having the opportunity on Monday to bring it back down to five. As important as increasing the lead (albeit temporarily) will be the fact that Spurs have one less game in which to catch Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes.
Swansea find themselves in a position where the right combination of results could see them leapfrog Bournemouth, Watford and Everton into 11th position, within touching distance of Chelsea and Stoke.
The Swans haven’t ended a Premier League season lower in a position lower than 12th since being promoted in 2012, and a win against the likely champions would go a long way to ensuring that this statistic remains unchanged.
“We still have to face Leicester, Liverpool, Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin said ahead of the match. “West Ham and Manchester City – some big clubs with lots to play for.
“But we must play without fear, with both courage and character. Our season is not finished yet and we need points,” he added.
Team news is that Leonardo Ulloa is Vardy’s likely replacement. The Argentinean has found the net on four occasions this season. Nathan Dyer is not eligible for selection against his parent club.
The visitors welcome back midfielder Leon Britton, who has been sidelined for two matches with a back strain.