Leicester City v Stoke City Match Predictions and Betting Tips
March 28, 2017
Saturday 1 April – King Power Stadium – Premier League
A revived Leicester City welcome Mark Hughes’ Stoke to the King Power this weekend, with the Premier League champions looking to continue their good form.
Hosts Leicester have the slight edge in the previous meetings between the two sides, winning two of their five Premier League clashes, with one Stoke win and two draws.
Their last three meetings have produced 11 goals, and goals should be on the cards again on Saturday as the Foxes continue their resurgence.
Leicester interim manager Craig Shakespeare will be hoping captain Wes Morgan is fit for this one, following his absence in their win at West Ham. The Jamaican international has been struggling with a back problem, but should play on Saturday.
French defender Yohan Benalouane should continue to deputise if Morgan is unavailable.
Stoke’s only real injury concern is over right back Glen Johnson, who is trying to shake off a shoulder injury. The ex-Liverpool man is rated doubtful, and goalkeeper Jack Butland is still some way from returning a long term ankle injury.
Butland’s absence will mean that Lee Grant continues in goal, with Geoff Cameron or Phil Bardsley expected to fill in if Johnson is out.
Leicester City v Stoke City Preview and Predictions
Leicester’s fortunes have turned around dramatically following the exit of former boss Claudio Ranieri, winning four games in a row in all competitions following the Italian’s departure.
Their upsurge in form should see them secure Premier League safety at the end of the season, and they look well placed to extend their run to five games against Stoke, priced at 19/20 to win.
Stoke are steadily placed in ninth in the Premier League table, although their recent form has not been great, and they have one just once on the road in 2017.
They have also struggled for goals in recent weeks, with just four goals in their last six Premier League games, and Leicester to win the game with no Stoke goal is 9/4.
Jamie Vardy to score anytime at 6/4
The England front man has been in fantastic form in recent games, with five goals in his last seven games for club and country. Some of last season’s swagger has returned to his play and he should give Stoke some problems. He was sent of against Stoke in the 2-2 draw earlier this season but scored twice against them in 2015-16.
Leicester to win 2-0 at 9/1
The Foxes certainly have their tails up at the moment, and given the fact that Stoke have little left to play for they should see the Potters off.