15th June 2021

PREM RANIERI UPBEAT DESPITE FORM

RANIERI UPBEAT DESPITE FORM

16th December 2016

Ranieri said pre-match- "Stoke are a good team, they move the ball quickly with good players. They are strong but I want to see the real Leicester.

"Our style doesn't change but our away form should be better. We have to react, to improve. I'm sure we will.

"We need to be determined. We're a team that can make a good match when we win a lot of first and second balls. I'm confident with my players. They are warriors."

The good news for Foxes fans is that Stoke have not beaten Leicester at home in the top flight since a 1-0 victory on 20 December 1980.

This fixture ended in a 2-2 draw last season, with the Potters going two goals ahead through Bojan and Jon Walters, only for the visitors to hit back through Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez

Stoke midfielder Marko Arnautovic begins a three-game ban but Marc Muniesa and Erik Pieters should be fit after suffering knocks last weekend.

Ryan Shawcross made his return from a calf injury in midweek and the Potters must decide whether the Englishman is fit enough to start twice in four days.

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel could make his comeback after six weeks out with a broken hand.

Danny Simpson is available after serving a one-match suspension.

However, Danny Drinkwater appears likely to miss out with a knee problem.

The return of Schmeichel is good news as leicester have been dire on the road. Stoke are marginal favourites and despite being four points better off than the visitors the game has draw written all over it.

Joe