Leicester City v Brighton and Hove Albion Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 15, 2017
King Power Stadium - Premier League
Freed from the pressure of being defending champions Leicester will look to take all three points from newly promoted Brighton. Chris Hughton’s Albion were overly negative against Manchester City and may take the same approach here.
The clubs haven’t met since 2013-14 when Brighton held the upper hand winning 4-1 at Leicester and 3-1 at home. Those victories edge them ahead in the overall record between the clubs, the Seagulls leading 13 wins to 11 with only five draws.
Leicester had the luxury of two £25m plus men on the bench at Arsenal and still had England striker Jamie Vardy scoring, but the Foxes could have new man Kelechi Iheanacho on the prowl at home to Brighton.
The Seagulls are unlikely to be more adventurous than the 4-4-1-1 they employed in their tame home defeat to Manchester City and are expected to be without Isaiah Brown, who limped out of the opening game with a hamstring strain.
Leicester City v Brighton and Hove Albion Preview and Predictions
As you would expect for a side 12 months on from being crowned champions against a club about to play their first ever away game in the Premier League, Leicester are hot favourites against Brighton and Hove Albion. The hosts are 4/5 with Brighton 17/4 and the draw 3/1.
Given Leicester’s attacking riches with any combination of Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, Iheanacho, Shinji Okazaki and Ahmed Musa up against a defence used to playing against Championship attacks rather than one that impressed in the Champions League last season, you may be tempted by odds of 100/1 on free-scoring Leicester beating Brighton 5-0 or 5-1. Albion do have a decent rear-guard but if they fall behind and have to come out Leicester are brilliant at exploiting any space left in behind.
Brighton boss Chris Hughton is an astute tactician and won’t be out of his depth but his side showed too much respect at home to Manchester City and quickly need to show more belief in themselves if they are not to be the Premier League’s whipping boys. They have a genuine goal threat in Glenn Murray, who is 7/1 for the first goal but they have to provide him with some service.
Leicester to win 3-0 at 16/1
Leicester were as bright as ever in attack at Arsenal where they scored three times and their defence won’t be as tested by the Seagulls as it was by the Gunners.
Brighton to win 1-0 at 14/1
Defensively well organised, if you take Albion to spring a surprise by winning their first away game as Huddersfield did, take them for 1-0.