Vardy starts for Leicester City but in-form Barnes on the bench as Rodgers aims to continue European adventure

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Vardy starts for Leicester City but in-form Barnes on the bench as Rodgers aims to continue European adventure

Strong lineup

Brendan Rodgers, searching for his first win in the round of 32 in the Europa League, has sent out a strong Leicester City side this evening, in an attempt to keep alive the club’s European adventure.

Leicester have won 7 of their last 8 home matches in European competition, and all three this season without conceding a goal. A repeat tonight against visitors Slavia Prague, who have yet to win in five visits to England, will see them into Friday’s draw for the last 16 of the Europa League.

Jamie Vardy, the club’s talismanic striker, starts, but Harvey Barnes, who is currently in the midst of a purple patch of form, is on the bench.

Brendan Rodgers’ men are without James Maddison, who left the field with a hip issue during the Foxes’ 2-1 win over Aston Villa at the weekend. Ayoze Perez, James Justin and Dennis Praet are also missing.

Season to remember

Vardy starts for Leicester City but in-form Barnes on the bench as Rodgers aims to continue European adventure

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 01: Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Leicester City reacts after the Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton FC at The King Power Stadium on December 01, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Leicester are on course for their best season since winning the Premier League in 2016. They currently sit joint-second in the English top-flight, six points clear of Chelsea in fifth. After falling at the last hurdle last season, Brendan Rodgers will be desperate to ensure that his side do not slip up this time around.

It has been a season of firsts for Rodgers, as he has beaten all of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho, as well as former employers Chelsea.

The Foxes will also host Manchester United in the FA Cup next month, and should they advance tonight, the club’s fans, as well as their boss, will be full of optimism as the season continues.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 25 35 59
2 Manchester United FC 25 21 49
3 Leicester City FC 25 17 49
4 West Ham United FC 25 10 45
5 Chelsea FC 25 16 43
6 Liverpool FC 25 11 40
7 Everton FC 24 4 40
8 Aston Villa FC 23 11 36
9 Tottenham Hotspur FC 24 10 36
10 Leeds United 25 0 35
11 Arsenal FC 25 5 34
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 25 -6 33
13 Crystal Palace FC 25 -14 32
14 Southampton FC 25 -12 30
15 Burnley FC 25 -12 28
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 25 -6 26
17 Newcastle United FC 25 -17 25
18 Fulham FC 25 -11 22
19 West Bromwich Albion 25 -36 14
20 Sheffield United FC 25 -26 11
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 17
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 15
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 13
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 11
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 9
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 8
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 8
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 8
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 8
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7

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