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Leicester City-Bournemouth Preview

Whilst Leicester City's brief string of success has come to an end, Bournemouth are trying to get back on track after their solid Premier League start has turned a bit sour.

Both sides look to bounce back from defeats when they meet Saturday at Vitality Stadium.

Following a 2-1 season-opening loss at Manchester United, Leicester (2-0-2) won their next two matches by outscoring Wolverhampton and Southampton 4-1. They also topped Fleetwood Town 4-0 in League Cup play. However, prior to the international break, the Foxes hit a snag with a 2-1 loss at home to Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Whilst it's hardly a head-hanging moment to fall to the Reds these days, Leicester trailed 2-0 at half but made things interesting when Rachid Ghezzal scored in the 63rd minute. That proved to be it, however, even though Claude Puel's boys out-shot Liverpool 12-10 overall and held half of the possession.

Despite the loss, the Foxes sit eighth in the table and should feel good about themselves after star-in-making Harry Maguire signed a five-year deal to remain with club. Maguire, one of the key pieces to England's success at this summer's World Cup, was targeted heavily by Manchester United, but feels at home with Leicester.

"Ever since I came to this club, I've always reiterated how good they've been to me," the 25-year-old defender told LCFC TV.

"We've got a good group of players here now and a great staff, a great team behind us, and I'm looking forward to the future."

Part of that future is Turkish international Caglar Soyuncu, who could make his full Leicester debut in this contest. The 22-year-old defender spent time with Turkey's national team over the recent break, and will be in the mix for a starting XI spot.

"He is available, but there is competition between players," Puel told Leicester's official website. "It's important to have a good squad."

Bournemouth (2-1-1) looked good early with wins over newcomers Cardiff City and West Ham to open the campaign, but followed with a 2-2 draw versus Everton and were the latest victims of Chelsea, 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sept. 1. Though the Cherries have regressed a bit, they sit an impressive sixth in the table - two points back of fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur.

They also announced the three-year extension for veteran midfielder Junior Stanislas, who continues to recover from a knee injury suffered last season. He's recorded 15 goals and nine assists in his previous three seasons with Bournemouth.

"I just try to do my best every time I get out on the pitch and help the team, whether that be assisting goals, scoring them or contributing to the team's success," Stanislas, whose return to the club remains uncertain, told Bournemouth's official website. "I plan to do that again this season, and maybe take it to another level.

Leicester and Bournemouth have played to a draw in five of their last six Premier League meetings, including twice last season. Only seven goals have been scored between the sides during that span and Bournemouth notched the lone victory, 1-0 at home on Dec. 13, 2016.

Updated September 13, 2018

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