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country flag Europa League Round Grp G (5)
Thu 03 December 2020 17:55
Referee
Espen Eskås (NOR)
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Travel Info
5 hours plane
Distance
2,689 KM
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No Fans

Zorya Logansk

Last updated: Fri 04 December 2020 08:11
In Brief

Big win in Athens last Thursday keeps slim chances in group alive. Leovigildo, Komchonovskiy and Kazakov set to miss. Vernydub suspended. Cvek and Rufati battle COVID.

Looking Back

Zorya lost first 3 games in group, but then went on to beat ten-man AEK 3:0 away last Thursday and slim chances of progression remaining alive. Before start of campaign goal was to record 1 win in this tough group and with this already done pressure on players won’t be huge.

Team had COVID issues in recent weeks and as of last weekend still 3 players battling virus.

Looking Ahead

Coach Skripnik with serious issues in defence where he’s likely to be forced to use 2 players out of position. Best centre-back Vernydub is suspended, while left-back Leovigildo still waits for work visa and is yet to feature since signing for club.

Cvek amongst duo of players confirmed to have COVID. Also muscle injury rules out Komchonovskiy.

Could play with 2 up front as Zorya have nothing to lose and know that only win could possibly keep them alive in this group.

Leicester City

Last updated: Fri 04 December 2020 08:11
In Brief

Already through to knockouts and heavy rotation expected. Domestic form inconsistent in last 2 months (W3 L3). Important Pereira, Soyuncu and Ndidi to make returns from injuries. Castagne doubtful. Taking 7 teenagers with travelling group, but 4 regulars to be rested.

Looking Back

Foxes had to show character to save 3:3 draw on visit to Braga in last round, with point enough to secure place in knockouts with 2 games to spare. Those were first points dropped in Europa League for Leicester.

On Monday night painful 1:2 home loss suffered against strugglers Fulham and Premier League form in last 2 months had been of up and downs, mixed 3 wins with 3 defeats in last 6 rounds.

Looking Ahead

Coach Rodgers certain to rotate heavily for this one with rarely used domestically Iheanacho set to lead attack from the off.

Gaffer also confirmed that after months of absence all of Pereira, Soyuncu and Ndidi should be able to make their playing returns in coming game. Castagne was also set to return from injury on Thursday, but setback in training might see him sit out.

Foxes took 7 members of U23 squad with travelling group and at least some of them could be making senior debuts. At same time top scorer Vardy and 3 other regulars will be given rest.

Doubtful (chance of availability)
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Doubtful (chance of availability) Rested

Leicester City

Last updated: Fri 04 December 2020 08:11
In Brief

Already through to knockouts and heavy rotation expected. Domestic form inconsistent in last 2 months (W3 L3). Important Pereira, Soyuncu and Ndidi to make returns from injuries. Castagne doubtful. Taking 7 teenagers with travelling group, but 4 regulars to be rested.

Looking Back

Foxes had to show character to save 3:3 draw on visit to Braga in last round, with point enough to secure place in knockouts with 2 games to spare. Those were first points dropped in Europa League for Leicester.

On Monday night painful 1:2 home loss suffered against strugglers Fulham and Premier League form in last 2 months had been of up and downs, mixed 3 wins with 3 defeats in last 6 rounds.

Looking Ahead

Coach Rodgers certain to rotate heavily for this one with rarely used domestically Iheanacho set to lead attack from the off.

Gaffer also confirmed that after months of absence all of Pereira, Soyuncu and Ndidi should be able to make their playing returns in coming game. Castagne was also set to return from injury on Thursday, but setback in training might see him sit out.

Foxes took 7 members of U23 squad with travelling group and at least some of them could be making senior debuts. At same time top scorer Vardy and 3 other regulars will be given rest.

Suspended
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Unavailable
Doubtful (chance of availability) Rested

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