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Leicester predicted lineup vs Rennes - Europa Conference League

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Who will Rodgers select?
Who will Rodgers select? / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages
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Leicester City travel to France on Thursday looking to book their place in this season's Europa Conference League quarter-finals.

Goals from Marc Albrighton and Kelechi Iheanacho helped the Foxes win the first leg 2-0, but the return fixture promises to be a tougher test.

Brendan Rodgers has been managing his squad carefully in recent weeks to give his side the best chance of progression. Here is the starting XI he seems most likely to go with for this one.


Leicester predicted lineup vs Rennes - Europa Conference League

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

James Justin
Justin should be back / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

Kasper Schmeichel (GK) - Delighted social media with some textbook moaning after Alexandre Lacazette smashed home a penalty on Sunday.

James Justin (RB) - Ricardo Pereira was preferred this weekend but Justin was decent in the first leg and should be restored at right-back. He will be tested by Jeremy Doku.

Daniel Amartey (CB) - Jannik Vestergaard will be pressing for a start but Amartey has looked more solid over the past few months. It's probably too early for Wesley Fofana too, unfortunately.

Caglar Soyuncu (CB) - Soyuncu added another horrific moment to his 2021/22 lowlight reel on Sunday, handling in the box unnecessarily to concede a penalty. It completely killed his side's momentum.

Luke Thomas (LB) - Rarely gives you less than a 7/10 and Thomas will need to be at his best for this massive test.

2. Midfielders

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall
Dewsbury-Hall continues to improve at a startling rate / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages

Youri Tielemans (CM) - Given a rare rest against Arsenal so will be raring to go here.

Wilfred Ndidi (CM) - Another player removed from the starting XI for the Gunners test. He will come back in from the start after a substitute cameo last time out.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (CM) - Described as future Leicester captain material by Rodgers recently.

3. Forwards

Harvey Barnes
Barnes has been impressive recently / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

Ademola Lookman (RW) - Albrighton has played twice in a row so Lookman may be restored to the lineup.

Patson Daka (ST) - Iheanacho had a shocker against Arsenal and Daka has an impressive continental scoring record.

Harvey Barnes (LW) - Leicester's best player over the past month or so. His direct approach is so refreshing.


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