Leicester City return to England after a short spell in Belgium to conclude their 2022/23 pre-season preparations, starting with a match-up against Hull City on Wednesday at 7.45pm (UK time).
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The game is available to watch in the UK on Leicester’s streaming service, LCFC TV.
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Brendan Rodgers kicked off the club’s summer of build-up with a 2-1 reversal inflicted by Notts County at the Foxes’ training complex, before recently being held to a 3-3 stalemate by OH Leuven in Belgium. Pre-season is all about fitness and experimentation, but winning begets confidence and Rodgers will no doubt want to get a victory on the board to rouse his troops when they travel to the East Riding of Yorkshire later this week.
Leicester team news
As things currently stand, Leicester City are the only Premier League club yet to make a single signing, so there was a familiar feel to the side that started against Leuven at the weekend, with the likes of Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes, Wesley Fofana and Ricardo Pereira all given a run-out from the off. James Justin also started as he continues to find his best form following a long-term cruciate ligament rupture that sidelined him for several months, while Youri Tielemans, Caglar Soyuncu, Jamie Vardy and Timothy Castagne all entered the fray.
Hull team news
It’s been a strong start to the transfer window for Shota Arveladze, who has signed no fewer than seven new players, including Tobias Figueiredo from Nottingham Forest, 65-capped Turkey international Ozan Tufan and Allahyar Sayyadmanesh, both from Fenerbahce, as well as Jean Michael Seri on a free transfer from Fulham. The latter can be viewed as quite the coup for Arveladze, as he was integral for Marco Silva last campaign as the Cottagers ran away with the division.
Seri is quite an unusual case in that he looked destined to play for Barcelona in 2017 after the Catalonians agreed a fee with Nice for his services, only to pull out at the last minute, with the French club’s chairman, Jean-Pierre Rivere, revealing that then Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu rang him up and expressed his ’embarrassment’ at the way the transfer was handled.
✍️ We are delighted to announce the signing of Jean Michaël Seri on a three-year deal, subject to obtaining a work permit!
Welcome to Hull City, Mika! ?#hcafc
— Hull City (@HullCity) July 8, 2022
“Julien Fournier, the general manager of [Nice], called me early on Wednesday [August 23], at about 9am and said: ‘Jean-Pierre, I do not understand, I received a call from Barcelona and they told me to stop the Seri transfer’,” Rivere told Canal+ in 2018.
“In the afternoon, Bartomeu called me, a little embarrassed, and said to me: ‘This is the first time that it has happened to us. Our staff have decided not to sign Seri, but it is not a financial issue’.”
So, from’s Barcelona’s apparent midfield saviour to the MKM Stadium, it’s fair to say Seri hasn’t quite lived up to the hype and buzz that he once generated on the French Riviera. But for Arveladze, his tempo-setting acquisition could prove a game-changer in the club’s promotion ambitions next campaign.
Scoreline prediction: Leicester City 2-1 Hull City
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