It might be too early to label Leicester City's trip to Bournemouth on Saturday a six pointer, but the Foxes will know the significance of their visit to Dorset.

After six Premier League fixtures, Craig Shakespeare's men have won just once – at home to newly-promoted Brighton & Hove Albion – and lost four times, including last weekend's galling 3-2 defeat to Liverpool in which Jamie Vardy saw a penalty to equalise saved by Simon Mignolet.

The Foxes have, admittedly, have a tough start, with clashes at Arsenal and Manchester United, as well as visit from champions Chelsea and Liverpool already.

But Shakespeare will know only too well that a poor start can lead to problems. It was, after all, how he came to succeed Claudio Ranieri in February as City failed to make any defence of their title.

A visit to Bournemouth represents the ideal opportunity to get Leicester's season up and running. The Cherries have just one victory too, also against Brighton, and find themselves in the bottom three at this early stage.

Shakespeare will be sweating over the fitness of top scorer Vardy for this trip. The 30-year-old was left out of Gareth Southgate's England squad for the Three Lions' upcoming World Cup qualifiers because of a hip injury.

Officially the Leicester forward is rated as doubtful for Saturday's game at the Vitality Stadium. But it does not bode well that he has been omitted for matches next week.

If Vardy misses out, Shakespeare will have to re-jig his frontline. The one-time Arsenal transfer target had Shinji Okazaki just behind him for the defeat by Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool last weekend.

But the Japan international should have a new partner on Saturday and it will ne a toss-up between former Manchester City man Kelechi Iheanacho and club-record signing Islam Slimani.

Defender Robert Huth (foot) and midfielder Matty James (Achilles) are both sidelined, too.

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