Leicester City v Stoke City team news and stats

Date published: Friday 22nd January 2016 1:03

Riyad Mahrez: Struggling for form lately

Riyad Mahrez will hope to overcome his struggles in front of goal as Leicester host Stoke in their Premier League clash at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Team news

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri will revert to a familiar starting line-up after making nine changes against Tottenham in the FA Cup in midweek.

Ritchie De Laet was due to start Wednesday night’s third-round replay but withdrew after suffering a groin injury in the warm-up and the right-back is a doubt.

Matty James (knee) is nearing a return but Jeffrey Schlupp (hamstring) will not be back until towards the end of February.

Stoke winger Xherdan Shaqiri could make his return to action after being sidelined by a hamstring injury.

Potters boss Mark Hughes is also monitoring a similar issue for forward Marko Arnautovic. Hughes will definitely still be without Geoff Cameron (ankle) and Shay Given (knee) for what is the first of four away games for the Potters in quick succession, but Stephen Ireland, Marc Muniesa and Phil Bardsley are all now fit for selection.

Opta stats

  • Leicester City have won eight and lost just one of their last 13 Barclays Premier League home matches.
  • Stoke City have kept five clean sheets in their last eight Premier League away trips.
  • The Potters have lost only three of their last 12 Premier League away games (W4 D5 L3).
  • Bojan has opened the scoring in each of the last two Premier League meetings between the Foxes and Stoke City.
  • Leicester City have the lowest overall passing accuracy (69.6%) and passing accuracy in the opposition half (62.6%) so far in the 2015-16 Premier League.
  • The Foxes have won nine penalties in the Premier League this season – the record in a single Premier League campaign is 13, set by Crystal Palace in 2004-05.
  • Leicester City are the only team yet to score a Premier League goal from outside the box this season, with all 39 of their goals coming from inside the area.
  • Riyad Mahrez has failed to score or assist a single goal in his last five Premier League appearances and he has missed two penalties during this period.
  • Referee Mike Dean has dished out six red cards in the Premier League this season; more than any other referee.
  • No side has seen as few goals scored in their Premier League games so far in 2015-16 than Stoke City (46).

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