Leicester City v Bournemouth Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
May 17, 2017
Sunday 21 May – King Power Stadium – Premier League
Deposed Premier League champions Leicester City welcome Bournemouth to the King Power Stadium for the final game of the season. Victory for either side would mean they finish above their opponents in table.
There’s only ever been a handful of meetings between these sides, with Leicester just about edging it. Marc Pugh scored the only goal of the game to give Bournemouth the three points at the Vitality earlier this season, while the team played out two draws in the last campaign.
Leicester have been facing a defensive crisis of late, with captain Wes Morgan and Robert Huth suffering injuries. The duo may feature against Bournemouth, but it’s less hopeful for hard working midfielder Danny Drinkwater. The Englishman has a thigh strain and is expected to miss out, although Andy King could return.
Eddie Howe’s injury troubles seem to have lasted all season. Bournemouth have been deprived of striker Callum Wilson for the best part of two campaigns, while fellow forward Benik Afobe has a hamstring problem. Jack Wilshere is of course another absentee, along with Andrew Surman and Adam Federici.
Leicester City v Bournemouth Preview and Predictions
Not many people would’ve predicted this game would decide which of these two teams finish highest at the start of the season. As defending champions, Leicester were expected to be higher up the Premier League table. Meanwhile, you could’ve been forgiven for thinking that a fight for survival was on the cards for Bournemouth.
As it is, the Foxes are looking to pick off the Cherries to secure a top half finish. After such a turbulent season and a flirtation with relegation, that would at least salvage some pride for the hosts. Craig Shakespeare has got Leicester playing something a lot more like the way they did in the last campaign. Going into their last two fixtures, they can finish as high as eighth or as low as 16th. The difference between these places is £16million in prize money, so there’s plenty at stake.
The home side start the game as 19/20 favourites in the betting, with Bournemouth at 7/2. A top half finish would be a superb achievement for the Cherries, who could still be in with a chance of ending the campaign above south coast rivals Southampton. If you’re predicting honours will be even, the draw’s available at 11/4.
Jamie Vardy to score first in 3-1 Leicester win at 45/1
Leicester have won three of their last six domestic home games 3-1. They won 3-0 and 2-0 twice in the others, while Jamie Vardy has been in much better form of late.
Under 1.5 goals at 7/2
There’s only been seven goals in the last five games between these two team though. Back another low scoring game with this bet.