Wed. Jun 19th, 2024

Leicester City vs Brentford live: Team news and match updates from Premier League opener

Live build-up, action, analysis, and reaction from the King Power Stadium as Brendan Rodgers’ fourth full season as Leicester City manager begins at home to Brentford.

It’s finally here. After weeks of preparation on the pitch, and after weeks of very little activity in the transfer window, Leicester City’s new season begins.

First up, it’s a match against Brentford, a side they beat home and away last term. And it will be pretty much the same team that beat the Bees in March with no new faces at the King Power Stadium so far this summer.

There is only one potential City debutant and that is goalkeeper Daniel Iversen. He is vying with Danny Ward to be between the sticks today, but the Wales international is the favourite after he was handed the number one shirt, with his fitness likely to be at the centre of the decision.

Elsewhere, Rodgers may have to tinker with his team after Ricardo Pereira and Harvey Barnes both hobbled off with injuries in the final pre-season friendly last week. But Wesley Fofana, James Maddison, and Youri Tielemans are all in contention to be involved despite the talk around their futures.

We are live at the King Power Stadium to bring you the action and reaction. You can follow along below.

Rodgers’ pre-game message

In the programme, Rodgers pays tribute to the departed Schmeichel and the injured Ricardo, while also sending a message to supporters.

“For us, I think it’s important that we use the advantage we have given to us from our home supporters. Every game in this league is a challenge but starting the season at home is something that can give players a real boost on occasions where both teams are fighting extra hard to start the season on the front foot.

“We know how much our fans can lift us and I’m excited to experience the King Power Stadium atmosphere on the opening day once again. Our players will be giving everything to ensure you all have something to celebrate today.”

Who could play today?

Picking the team would have been fairly straightforward for Rodgers if not for those two injuries last week. Now, with Ricardo and Barnes, it’s not even clear which formation Rodgers will go for.

Will he go for a back four with Praet and Maddison out wide? Or will he go to a back three, bring Amartey in and give Vardy a strike partner? We take a look here.

Brendan Rodgers at Deepdale for Leicester City’s pre-season win over Preston (Image: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

By Chala Dandessa

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