Leicester travel to Burton Albion for their second competitive game. The Foxes started life in the Championship after being demoted from the Premier League last season with a victory away at Coventry City, while their guests lost to Blackpool in their League One season opener.
Preview (Burton Albion vs Leicester)
Burton Albion will play in their second competitive game of the 2023–24 season. Their first full campaign under manager Dino Maamria. After losing their first encounter of the season last time around. After the Brewers had a poor start to the League One season, he took over in early September of last year and led them to an admirable 15th-place finish in England’s third tier as they earned 56 points from 46 games. They then turned their attention to the next season with the goal of improving on that performance. They finished the preseason with draws and losses to Stoke City and Scunthorpe United. The Brewers faced a challenging start in League One.
Following their relegation from the Premier League the previous season, Leicester City began the new campaign with a lot of changes at the club. The Foxes were unable to prevent the drop to the Championship. It was just seven seasons after winning the English top division. Dean Smith left in the summer after succeeding Brendan Rodgers as manager in the closing stages. The management team chose Enzo Maresca as their manager in an effort to return to the Premier League right away. Their preseason ended with a 4-0 friendly loss to Liverpool. The Foxes kicked off their Championship season on Sunday against Coventry City at home.
Early in the second half, they would trail when Kyle McFadzean headed in the first goal. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall would come back to tie the score with a header of his own in the 77th minute. He curled the game-winning goal into the top corner three minutes later to give his team the victory. Before going to Huddersfield Town for their second league game on Saturday, Maresca’s team will now try to make it two wins in a row to start the season and go to the second round of the competition they reached the quarterfinals of last time.
Including goalkeeper Jamal Blackman, midfielder Rekeem Harper, and forward Cole Stockton, who should once again start after moving from Morecambe, where he scored 52 goals in the previous three seasons. Burton Albion fielded six of their summer acquisitions in Saturday’s curtain-raiser. Rekeem Harper should start in midfield once more, with Kgaogelo Chauke competing for a starting spot after joining from Southampton, while Josh Gordon should support Stockton once more up forward.
Maresca’s Leicester team is fortunate to have a deep roster. He should rotate on Wednesday to give players who didn’t start on Sunday a chance to shine. Dangermen Kelechi Iheanacho and Patson Daka may both enter the front three. Jamie Vardy was preferred upfront the previous time around. Given the short turnaround, the wingers Stephy Mavididi and Kasey McAteer might sit out. Marc Albrighton might team up with Daka and Kelechi Iheanacho up top. Hamza Choudhury and Dennis Praet will both be vying for a midfield spot.
There are options to rotate at the back even with summer acquisition Conor Coady out injured. Harry Souttar is expected to start in the middle of the defense alongside Callum Doyle, who is on loan from Manchester City and who did make his full debut on Sunday, while James Justin and Timothy Castagne should move into full-back positions. Even though Leicester will undoubtedly rotate heavily against Burton Albion on Wednesday, they have the depth to easily defeat the visitors, especially with players like Iheanacho and Daka vying for their new manager’s favor.
Burton Albion 0 – 3 Leicester City
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