Leicester City v Swansea City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 01, 2018
King Power Stadium - Premier League
Leicester City look to bounce back from their first loss of 2018, welcoming a resurgent Swansea City side to the King Power Stadium. The Swans have beaten Arsenal and Liverpool in their last two matches and will be full of confidence going into Saturday's match.
Leicester have won five out of their last six matches against Swansea, including the away fixture back in October. On the day a Federico Fernandez own goal helped kickstart the Foxes' momentum, which was soon followed up by a Shinji Okazaki strike. Despite Alfie Mawson scoring from a corner in the second half, the Swans were incapable of mounting a successful comeback
Departures have been the key focus of Leicester's transfer window, with three forwards Leonardo Ulloa, Islam Slimani and Ahmed Musa all leaving on loan. The last minute transfer request from Riyad Mahrez, although nothing came of it, saw the winger dropped from the first team squad against Everton, and doubts remain whether he will be reintroduced at the weekend.
In terms of injuries, Wes Morgan and Danny Simpson are both nearing return, although it is unlikely that they will do so in time to play Swansea.
Swansea City manger Carlos Carvalhal, upon singing for the club, was keen to strengthen the squad, and has brought in Andy King from Leicester and Andre Ayew from West Ham, a record signing. Both will be eligible to play this weekend.
With Renato Sanches still out injured, King may be in for a debut against Leicester, whilst a long term to Angel Rangel has been filled by Kyle Naughton.
Leicester City v Swansea City Previews and Predictions
Leicester's midweek defeat by Everton was somewhat overshadowed by the deadline day news that Manchester City had bid around £60 million for Riyad Mahrez.
The subsequent confusion surrounding the bid and the player's transfer request saw the Foxes enter the pitch without their star player. Whilst, of course, a team is bigger than one player, facing Claude Puel's side is a very different proposition without the attacking threat of Mahrez on the right.
A brace from Theo Walcott in the first half was too much for Leicester to overcome, despite a Jamie Vardy penalty and Kilechi Iheanacho hitting the bar twice. The next six months of Puel's campaign will depend heavily on his ability to reintroduce Mahrez, and how soon he chooses to do so, with the winger 11/4 to score this weekend.
Swansea City, despite sitting in the relegation zone, are on unbelievable form at the moment. Carvalhal's side is currently unbeaten in six games in all competitions, making his appointment seem a stroke of genius.
Moreover, their last two matches have been wins over Liverpool and Arsenal, the second of which saw Swansea hit 12 shots to their opponents nine, despite holding just 25% possession. To make the night even sweeter for Carvalhal, new singing Andre Ayew scored on his debut, earning his side the win. Ayew is 4/1 to score anytime and will be full of confidence.
A month ago, this would've been a guaranteed three points for Leicester, but now, it is hard to bet against Swansea!
Vardy to score first at 7/2
Despite the absence of his co-conspirator Mahrez, the forward is in top form and continued his scoring run against Everton.
Swansea to win and both teams to score at 10/1
Leicester are favourites, however, Swansea have form in their favour and are worth a punt.