Leicester City host Manchester City on Saturday afternoon in a Premier League top-three clash. The Foxes have not defeated any of the current top four clubs this season losing or drawing with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea. All three of the top four sides have taken points off of Brendan Rodgers’ team.
Manchester City will aim to extend their current four-point lead of Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. The Cityzens defeated Leicester City earlier this term 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
Making Leicester City’s aim of winning against a top-four team even more difficult this weekend is the struggling form of midfielder James Maddison and forward Jamie Vardy. Maddison has averaged a mere 1.8 Fantasy Premier League points over the course of his last five matches. Maddison hasn’t scored a goal since gameweek 21 when he tallied a strike versus Newcastle United in a 3-0 win. Maddison has been transferred out of 84,385 FPL teams in the lead up to gameweek 27.
Vardy is in even worse fantasy football form going into the gameweek 27. The striker averaged 2.0 FPL points per game over the course of his last six matches. Vardy has not scored a goal in the Premier League since bagging a goal in January versus Manchester City at the Etihad. Vardy has been transferred out of 126,653 FPL teams heading into the weekend.
Were these FPL managers right to transfer the two Leicester City players out of their fantasy teams this week?
Leicester City did win the last time these teams played at the King Power Stadium. The fixture ended 2-1 in favour of the Foxes with Marc Albrighton and Ricardo Pereira getting on the scoresheet. Bernardo Silva scored Manchester City’s only goal of the fixture.
With Manchester City facing a Champions League ban for the next two years and a European last 16 tie upcoming versus Real Madrid, the Foxes could take points off of the visitors. Pep Guardiola’s team could have their minds elsewhere on Saturday.
If Rodgers’ team are to take points off of Manchester City, then both Maddison and Vardy will need to step up and play well. Therefore, the FPL managers to remove the players from their teams may have acted to quickly ahead of gameweek 27.
Aymeric Laporte and Raheem Sterling are not confirmed to play as of yet for Manchester City. Their absences could weaken Guardiola’s team. Add in Manchester City’s midweek win over West Ham, and fatigue could set in on the rest of the squad.
Maddison and Vardy could rediscover their best FPL form this weekend. If they do, Manchester City could pay the price.