Team news and stats ahead of Leicester vs Spartak Moscow in the Europa League on Thursday; kick-off 8pm.
James Maddison and Harvey Barnes are doubts for Leicester’s Europa League clash with Spartak Moscow on Thursday.
The midfield pair have been unwell in recent days, along with defender James Justin, who is unavailable anyway as he continues his recovery from a long-term knee injury.
Thursday’s contest at the King Power Stadium could see Ayoze Perez, who has sat out three games due to illness, make his return.
Ricardo Pereira is being assessed after missing Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Arsenal having felt some tightness from the previous match. Marc Albrighton remains out injured.
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- Leicester have never before played host to Russian opposition in any competition, with their 4-3 win over Spartak on MD3 the first time they’ve ever faced a side from Russia in their history.
- After winning on each of their first four trips to England in European competition between 1982 and 1995 (beating Arsenal, Aston Villa, Liverpool & Blackburn), Spartak Moscow are since winless in their last six trips (D1 L5), most recently a 0-7 defeat to Liverpool in December 2017 – their heaviest ever loss in their European history.
- After returning to European competition in 2016-17, Leicester City won seven of their first eight home matches across the Champions League and Europa League, drawing the other – they have since failed to win either of their last two such home games, losing to Slavia Prague before drawing against Napoli.
- Spartak Moscow defeated Napoli on the road on MD2 and are looking to win consecutive away games in major European competition for the first time since a three-game run between December 2010 and March 2011.
- Patson Daka netted four times in the reverse fixture between these sides, becoming the first Leicester City player to do so in any game since Derek Hines against Aston Villa in November 1958. Indeed, he also became the club’s joint-top goalscorer in European competition in that game, moving level with Jamie Vardy, Harvey Barnes and Riyad Mahrez (4 each).
When are the Europa League group stage games?
Matchday 5: November 25 2021
Matchday 6: December 9 2021
All the key Europa League dates
Round of 16: March 10 & 17 2022
Quarter-finals: April 7 & 14 2022
Semi-finals: April 28 & May 5 2022
Final: May 18 2022 (Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, Seville)