Bournemouth v Leicester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 26, 2017
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Bournemouth host Leicester City on Saturday afternoon, with Eddie Howe's side desperately looking for some consistency this season.
There is very little to pick between these two sides in Premier League encounters in seasons, with neither side gaining a significant edge. There have only been four Premier League games between, given their respective short times in the top flight, and three of those games have ended in a draw.
The only victory came courtesy of a 1-0 Bournemouth win on the south coast, through Marc Pugh's goal.
The Cherries have no new injury concerns ahead of the visit of Leicester this weekend, with only three players still out of action with long term injuries.
Defender Tyrone Mings remains sidelined with a back injury, and goalkeeper Adam Federici and striker Callum Wilson are still recovering from knee surgery.
Leicester were boosted by the return of Jamie Vardy for last weekend's defeat to Liverpool, and the England international should be fit to lead the line again this weekend for Craig Shakespeare's team.
Defender Robert Huth is back in training, however he suffered a setback in his recovery from a foot injury and will miss the trip to Bournmeouth.
Midfielder Matt James is out of action until the end of October with an Achilles injury.
Bournemouth v Leicester City Preview and Predictions
Bournemouth's form has been particularly poor in recent weeks, with just one win in the Premier League this season- against rivals Brighton. That victory brought an end to a run of four Premier League defeats, but Eddie Howe's side followed it up with a defeat to Everton last weekend.
Leicester lost 3-2 at home to Liverpool last weekend in a thrilling game at the King Power Stadium, just days after the Foxes had eliminated Jurgen Klopp's team from the EFL Cup in the East Midlands.
The Foxers also have just one win this season - also against Brighton - with defeats to Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea completing a tough start to the season.
With confidence low in both sides it is difficult to pick a winner, so a draw looks to be a good option in this one- priced at 9/4.
Despite their respective patchy form, both sides have shown real goal scoring ability in recent weeks, with Bournemouth netting three goals in their last four games in all competitions and Leicester scoring five in the same period.
With that in mind a high scoring game looks likely, and an over 2.5 goals bet is priced at 4/5.
A 2-2 draw priced at 12/1
both sides have real goal threats in their ranks with Jermain Defoe, Josh King and Ryan Fraser for the hosts and Jamie Vardy, Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani within the Leicester squad. Defensively neither side have looked particularly solid so far this seasons, and goal scoring chances will fall to both sides over the course of the game.
Jamie Vardy to score first at 4/1
Vardy has led Leicester's attack brilliantly this season, with his pace, persistence and goal threat against any defence. he did miss a penalty against Liverpool, but he also scored from open play, for his fourth goal in as many games in all competitions. His running in behind will be a headache for the home defence, and the pace of Nathan Ake will be needed to combat the work rate of Vardy.