By Peter BradshawFor all the talk about the potential relegation threat posed by Leicester City’s recent run of results, there’s still time for a bit of positive vibes.
It is a game that could provide the sort of chance to see if the Foxes can continue their recent run and put an end to the worst start in the Premier League era.
The Foxes face a crucial final against rivals relegated side Leicester City, who had to fight back from 2-0 down to win 4-2 on aggregate on Tuesday.
The result means the top-placed team has now only been beaten once in the league in its last 10 matches, and with three points from two matches already in hand, Leicester can’t wait to start building momentum towards a place in the Champions League next season.
There are no guarantees though, as they will need to play with a bit more confidence in order to build on the two victories they had to claw back to claim the title last term.
While it will be a challenging final, there are some positives for the Foxe’s chances, as Leicester are still a game away from being crowned champions of England, which they have been since 2005.
Leicester’s goal difference of +13.5 would put them ahead of Arsenal in the standings, but the Gunners are only just three points clear of Leicester.
The Foxes will need the support of their supporters to overcome their daunting task, but with three games left in the season, the Foxhites will be aiming for at least a place as runners-up.
This is an exciting match, as it has the potential to be the game where the Fox are truly tested.
Leicester are without the services of the likes of Riyad Mahrez, who has been suspended for two games for a suspected breach of the club’s code of conduct.
They are without England captain Jack Wilshere for the last six weeks due to suspension, while also missing out on the return of striker Jamie Vardy.
They also missed out on goalkeeper Jamie Voss, who was also suspended for a fortnight.
In the absence of the injured Mahrez and Voss though, there is an abundance of quality options at the Fox’s disposal.
Jamie Voss (left) was on the bench for Leicester’s 2-1 win over Sunderland on TuesdayThe Fox’s attack has been excellent in recent weeks, with Riyad’s form at the heart of the attack helping them to top the table for the first time in the last eight years.
Riyad has netted twice in their last three games, and has also found the net in five of the Foxs 10 matches.
With the Fox being without Voss and Mahrez for the next six weeks, the club will have to be patient to see whether Riyad can step up to the plate and take the pressure off Riyad, as the Fox could still be missing a couple of key players for the final showdown.
Riyad Mahrsosl (right) scored the opening goal for Leicester against Sunderland on WednesdayThe Leicester City boss has been vocal about his desire to see Riyad improve as a player this season, and he has been rewarded with a superb display in the 2-2 draw with Sunderland on Saturday.
While the Fox have conceded just three goals in the first two Premier League games against Sunderland, they did concede twice in the opening half, before they were finally held to a draw thanks to a fine save from Sunderland keeper Victor Anichebe.
The second goal from Riyad came on a brilliant counter attack in the 10th minute, with the forward setting up Wilshey to nod in a Jack Colback corner.
The former Everton and Tottenham star had been struggling with a calf problem in recent months, but it was clear the Fox keeper was in trouble when he made the right decision to clear the ball for Riyad.
The goal was Riyad and Wilshees third goal of the season.
Leah Wilshee (right), who was left out of the side due to injury, is expected to be fit for the FA finalLeicester City’s season is finally underway after Leicester City lost a game against Sunderland.
After missing the last two weeks due with injury, Riyad is set to start the season in the Fox City starting XI for the Premier Leagues final against Sunderland at The King Power on Wednesday night.
The 22-year-old has been a revelation this season for the club, scoring 20 goals and assisting on five others, while his contribution in front of goal has been vital in keeping Leicester in the top four.
The Algerian international has made 22 appearances this season and his first goal was in the 3-2 win at West Brom in midweek.
He scored his first ever Premier League goal in that match against Everton, which was the Fox team’s first goal since they won the FA Championship.
He scored his second goal of 2017 in the win over Everton last week, and his form has not waned much since, with Leicester now on track to win