Predictions

By the Riverside

Riverside Stadium East stand

The lunchtime fixture this Bank Holiday Monday sees Leicester City head to the Riverside to face Middlesbrough.

 

Teams

 

Middlesbrough have no fresh selection issues to worry about. Antonio Barragan is back from his one match suspension.

 

Leicester are still without Jamie Vardy as he completes the last of his three match ban. This  game will be the last that Riyad Mahrez and Islam Silmani are participating in before jetting off to the African Cup of Nations.

 

Tactics 

 

Aitor Karanka will be keen to rotate the squad throughout January and definitely won’t hesitate to make changes tomorrow. If Boro sit back and repeat what they did against Manchester United. they can cause problems for the Foxes when push forward on the counter.

 

Claudio Ranieri unusually went for a 4-2-3-1 formation on Saturday, which worked against West Ham. They should revert back to the traditional 4-4-2 style that worked in the 2-2 draw at end of November against Boro.

 

If they stick with the new formation, they might come unstuck because the Teessiders are comfortable in the formation and can cause problems if the Foxes are still adapting to their new formation.

 

Match Facts

 

  • Leicester haven’t beaten Middlesbrough in their last 13 meetings
  • There has only been 19 goals at the Riverside Stadium this season
  • Last time Boro won consecutive home matches was in their first two home games of the 2008-09 season

 

Prediction:

 

With this being a lunchtime KO and both teams looking to avoid a drop, only a draw looks realistic.

 

Prediction: Middlesbrough 0-0 Leicester

Result: Middlesbrough 0-0 Leicester

 

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