Leicester v Bournemouth Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
March 27, 2019
King Power Stadium - Premier League
Leicester welcome Bournemouth to the King Power on Saturday afternoon with just three points serparating the sides in the middle of the Premier League table. Brendan Rodgers' start as Foxes boss has been inconsistent, and the manager will be keen not to drop below their current 10th place.
It was goals aplenty when the sides last met, with Bournemouth coming out 4-2 winners. A first half-brace from Ryan Fraser, with goals from Josh King and Adam Smith meant that the Cherries were out of sight before James Maddison and Mark Albrighton attempted a late come-back.
Rodgers is still experimenting to find his strongest XI, but appears to favour Harvey Barnes and James Maddison supporting Jamie Vardy as a lone striker. In defence, Johnny Evans often partners Harry Maguire, although Wes Morgan may have earned a start with his winner in the Foxes last game.
Callum Wilson only made a cameo for England during the international break so is expected to feature from the start, joining strike partner Josh King. Adam Smith remains absent for the side, meaning that Nathaniel Clyne will get another start, with Jordan Ibe playing in-front of him.
Leicester v Bournemouth Predictions and Previews
Bournemouth have an opportunity to break into the top half of the table with a win over Leicester this weekend, although will face a widely different side to the one they beat earlier this season.
Brendan Rodgers may yet to have achieved the results expected by Leicester fans, but has the team playing a positive, direct style of football. The manager appears willing to build the team around the pace of Jamie Vardy, and the tactic appears to be working with three wins out of their last four.
Admittedly, given that all these opponents were in the lower echelons of the table, Leicester's squad should have been more than capable of the victories. Two creative wingers on either side of the striker are providing service, and adding to the goal tally themselves, whilst Youri Tielemans acts as the creator to Wilfred N'didi's sweeping.
Against Brighton, the Foxes may find their task slightly harder, as the Seagulls form has picked up significantly since the return of Callum Wilson. Despite admirable efforts of Josh King, who has drawn level with the England international on 11 goals, and is 12/5 to score this weekend, Howe's side looked unassured without Wilson.
The 26-year-old's physicality lends itself to Eddie Howe's preferred 4-4-2 formation, with Ryan Fraser in particular putting quality crosses into the box. With a combative yet creative midfield, a free-scoring front two and a strong centre-back partnership, Bournemouth have much of Leicester's title-winning team about them, and could well show the Foxes what they are missing come Saturday.
Jamie Vardy to score anytime at 5/6
The forward appears to be enjoying life under Rodgers, and looks back to his best.
Over 2.5 goals scored at 8/11
Leicester's defense looks far from secure of late, with Bournemouth little better.