Leicester City will be hoping to maintain their perfect start to the season when they play host to Cardiff City in the Championship on Saturday afternoon.
At a time when the Foxes sit in second position in the standings, the Bluebirds are in 17th spot after failing to win either of their opening two fixtures.
Nevertheless, the East Midlands outfit have come through with 2-1 and 1-0 victories, efforts that can only have encouraged Maresca as he continues to build his squad at the King Power Stadium.
Incomings and outgoings are expected to materialise before the end of August, yet there is a feeling that the Foxes are already a step ahead of the likes of Leeds United and Southampton, their fellow relegated sides from last season’s Premier League.
Each of Leicester’s three goals in the Championship have been scored in the 73rd minute or later, arguably an indication that they could emerge as one of the fitter sides in the division.
However, it is still early, and their upcoming opponents have already shown that they are capable of delivering a performance at the home of a title favourite.
Cardiff came away from their opening-weekend trip to Leeds feeling disappointed having only posted a 2-2 draw after leading by two goals at half time.
New head coach Erol Bulut would have taken the positives from the display at Elland Road, yet he has since witnessed the Bluebirds fail to impress in home fixtures with Colchester United and Queens Park Rangers.