With the games coming thick and fast in this condensed end to the season, it is a test of our organisational skills to get an opposition view ahead of each game, but we are just about managing it.
Here are the guys from FIRST 4 LCFC responding to the questions we put to them this week about the season so far, thoughts on the game and much more.
Q. The Premier League is back! Are you for or against the return and regardless of your opinion, how do you think the powers that be have dealt with it?
I’m 100% for the return of it, I think the majority of us are in agreement that we were desperate for it to return and the Bundesliga just wasn’t cutting it!
In terms of the safety of those involved, I think the measures are necessary and it seems like the players are happy. Obviously the game lacks the fans but it’s sort of growing on me.
Q. What did you make of the game at Selhurst Park earlier in the season?
Haha wow… Now you’re asking. That seems like a lifetime ago! I admit I’ve had to search for the score as I had honestly forgotten all about it.
Okay, so we beat you 2-0 and that came right in the heart of a 9-match winning streak for us. How we’ d love to find that form again to end this season with!
Q. How has the season been for you so far and what are you expecting from the run in?
It’s fair to say 2020 has not been kind on any of us, but from a Leicester City point of view it has been rough. We would be 14th and in a relegation battle had the season started January 1st.
Yes, we go into the fixture still in contention for a Champions League spot but that “cushion” we had a few weeks pre-lockdown has fast vanished.
Naturally, and naively I’m still rooting for a top four finish, but our remaining fixtures are all against teams who have something to fight for. Eek!
Q. The big question is, can you seal a top four spot to secure Champions League football next season? If so, what will that mean for the club and the fans?
I guess I’ve sort of answered the first question in my previous comment, but to qualify for the Champions League again would be amazing. This would only be our second time at this level (following our title win) and because we would automatically be ranked 4th in the seedings I’d be hopeful of a couple of bigger teams this time around!
It’s fair to say that last time we qualified we didn’t really face a “giant” until our quarter-final defeat to Atletico, so why not just invite these huge clubs early doors and play them twice?
Q. Who is your player of the season for Leicester?
Tough one this. Jamie Vardy still leads the goalscoring table but he has been so vacant for a long period of time now.
Hereby, I’ll choose a consistent performer. This would’ve been our full-back Ricardo Pereira, but now he’s out for the season!
So let’s go with the ever-present Caglar Soyoncu at centre back. He’s stepped up in the absence of Harry Maguire flawlessly and would be hard-pressed to be beaten as a top-quality performer week-in-week-out!
Q. As we look ahead to the off season, where does Brendan Rogers need to strengthen for the next campaign?
Final third. Which, had you asked me at the start of this season, I’d have highlighted as a strength of ours. We have a plethora of “creative” players but something isn’t quite ticking in front of goal.
Vardy is often isolated and I feel having a top-quality option to either partner him, or at least rotate with him would really push us on and help us secure points we missed out on this year (not to mention extra European games hopefully!)
Q. Who will finish top four, which teams will be relegated and who would you like to see promoted?
Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Leicester City
Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Norwich City
I would love to see Leeds United, Brentford and Nottingham Forest (yes, local rivals) promoted. But, I think it will be Leeds, West Brom and Forest!
Q. What have you made of Palace this season?
Palace is a tough one. You sort of feel you know what you’re going to get with Palace and I don’t see this changing under Roy Hodgson. If you sneak into Europe that’ll be ace, and I’d be all for it.
Q. Name one player from each side that will be the ones to watch in this fixture?
Vardy has to start firing. He is still one goal away from his century in the Premier League. He scored last time and he will notch again this time, trust me!
You probably get this every week but yes, I am going to say Wilfried Zaha. He is part of a group of special players who can turn a game single-handedly. You are very lucky to have him, we need someone just like that.
Q. Your prediction?
I will go 2-0 Foxes. But either way, best of luck and lets hope for a good match!