Pearson vows to pick strongest side

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April 28, 2015 10:54:36 UK

Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson has no intention of fielding a weakened team when the Foxes face Chelsea on Wednesday.

Leicester have won their last four Premier League matches, with the weekend win at Burnley lifting them out of the bottom three and leaving them at 5.00 to be relegated this season.

City host Newcastle United, who have lost their last seven matches and are 13.00 to be relegated, in Saturday’s early kick-off but Pearson has promised to field as strong a side as possible against the league leaders.

We expect them to bat their best as I am sure they will expect us to be at our best.

Nigel Pearson

Leicester are 7.50 to draw 1-1 with Chelsea while a 3-0 victory for the visitors is available at 15.00.

Pearson said: “We expect them to bat their best as I am sure they will expect us to be at our best. I think any questions that intimate there may be a hint of lack of commitment is pretty poor personally, from either side. I think that is an insult to our professionalism.

“My angle on it, and I will make it very clear again, is the considerations we have in relation to selecting the teams for this game will go along the same lines as we do for every game. That is to pick the strongest and best side for this fixture.”

David Nugent and Jeff Schlupp could miss the game as they are struggling with calf problems while Jamie Vardy needed an injection in his foot before scoring the close-range winner at Turf Moor on Saturday.

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