The King Power Stadium is set to witness the first match of surprise title contenders Leicester in 2016. The Foxes take on visitors Bournemouth in what should be an exciting start to the season. Leicester are currently level with Arsenal at the top of the Premier League on points, with only goal difference keeping them in second place.
They currently enjoy a three point advantage over third place Manchester City. Manchester City face a tough away day at Watford, so the Bournemouth match is the perfect chance for Leicester to open up something of a gap over the teams chasing them.
The Cherries are currently three points outside of the drop zone, but have had a decent December, which saw the newly promoted side beat Manchester United and Chelsea, with their only loss coming against top of the table Arsenal.
Leicester fans have something to smile about as it has been confirmed that sensational striker Jamie Vardy will be fit to face Bournemouth.
Vardy had been questionable due to picking up a virus but has now been confirmed fit. Increasing speculation is taking place in the media about Vardy moving away from the side in January, but Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri is confident of keeping his star player. Ranieri has tried to keep the focus on the football, stating that he only hopes to beat Bournemouth, and insisting he is not thinking about the possibility of winning the league at this stage.
Bournemouth do not have any new injury concerns heading into Saturday’s game, and the side could well add Lee Tomlin as a starter.
Tomlin was named on the bench in the loss against Arsenal but could see his starting XI return on Saturday, now that he has sufficiently recovered from injury to do so.
Several pundits are predicting that Bournemouth could be the team to burst Leicester’s bubble, benefiting from the general unpredictability of this time of year caused by the busy fixture list.
Leicester are unlikely to be overly troubled by the predictions of their demise. Time and time again this season, fans and the media have doubted their ability to keep going as well as they have. And time and time again, Leicester have overcome their doubters and continued to play their incisive brand of counter attacking football.
Bournemouth are more than capable of beating big teams, however, and Saturday’s encounter could go either way. It promises to be a fascinating fixture for fans and neutrals alike.