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Tuesday, February 26, 2019


King Power Stadium

Punter's Pick

Leicester City to win at what is likely to be a rocking King Power Stadium looks good value at 5/6 with Bet365. Jamie Vardy has been suspiciously quiet in recent weeks and may benefit most from the change in manager – he can be backed at 7/2 to open the scoring, or score anytime at 13/10, both with Betfair. With both defences looking leaky in recent weeks, over 2.5 goals with Bet365 at 6/5 should also be looked at seriously.

Under pressure sides Leicester City and Brighton & Hove Albion go head to head at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday, with both sides desperate for three points for different reasons.

Leicester kick off post Puel era

The big news for the hosts is the dramatic sacking of ex-manager Claude Puel, who was given his P45 following another dismal home display against Crystal Palace on Saturday. The 4-1 defeat at the King Power – their fourth successive home defeat in the Premier League, was the final straw for the owners. With rumours of dissent from senior players such as Jamie Vardy and Peter Schmeichel circulating, and fans frustrated by the rigid style of football and failure to utilize the attacking talents at his disposal, Puel seemed to be have walking a tightrope for several weeks.

The good news for any incoming manager is he will inherit a talented squad featuring a great mix of experience and youth, and the club sit comfortably in midtable, eight points clear of the relegation zone and in no imminent danger of being sucked into a relegation battle. The Foxes will be looking for their fourth permanent manger in just under two years, food for thought for early front runners such as Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers.

Brighton feeling the relegation heat

Unlike their hosts, Brighton have not been panicked into making any rash decisions over their manager Chris Hughton, despite a dreadful run of form (even worse than Puel’s Leicester over the last eleven games) which has seen them sucked to within three points of the relegation places. The general consensus is that Brighton are ‘too good to go down’, but Premier League history is littered with clubs who were considered too good to go down but fell away dramatically towards the second half of the season. In Brighton’s case, just one win in their last eleven league games has got alarm bells ringing, as they have slipped from a seemingly comfortable mid table position to sixteenth position.

Four defeats in their last five league games will be of serious concern to Chris Hughton, although interestingly over the last five games Leicester also have an identical record. It is little wonder this game will be seen as a must win for both teams, Brighton desperate for points in the battle against relegation, and Leicester to start the post Puel era with an upturn in fortune.

Poor home record meets poor away record, who will prevail?

The match has more statistical similarities, as it pitches the home team with the seventeenth worse record in the Premier League against the away team with the seventeenth worse away record. Brighton’s haul of just eight points away from home would not normally give them much encouragement, but Leicester have lost seven games already at home this season, including the last four in succession.

The relative fragile confidence of both teams could point to a stalemate, with both sides afraid to lose. But with Leicester getting rid of Puel, it may free up their players to play in a more relaxed style and express themselves more in the attacking third. On paper they have a stronger starting XI than Brighton, and they may benefit from a temporarily release in form and be too strong for a misfiring Brighton side.

Punter's Pick

Leicester City to win at what is likely to be a rocking King Power Stadium looks good value at 5/6 with Bet365. Jamie Vardy has been suspiciously quiet in recent weeks and may benefit most from the change in manager – he can be backed at 7/2 to open the scoring, or score anytime at 13/10, both with Betfair. With both defences looking leaky in recent weeks, over 2.5 goals with Bet365 at 6/5 should also be looked at seriously.

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