Leicester v Bournemouth Previews, Betting Tips and Predictions
February 27, 2018
King Power Stadium - Premier League
Leicester host Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday, hoping to improve on their draw against Stoke on Sunday. The Cherries also drew last week, but have enjoyed a productive few weeks and will pose a challenge for the Foxes.
These sides have drawn four out of their last six meetings, and the reverse fixture this season was no different. The match played out to a nil-nil stalemate, with Bournemouth bossing possession and having far more shots on target, but failing to break the deadlock.
Shinji Okazaki is the only injury doubt for Claude Puel, with the forward missing Leicester's last game due to a knee injury. Despite already returning to training, the manager may stick with Demarai Gray in the position behind the striker, despite the Englishman failing to impress against Stoke.
Jermain Defoe could start for Bournemouth, after two months out with a fractured ankle. This will come as some relief to Eddie Howe, especially as Jordan Ibe may miss the weekend game, having picked up a knock. Tyrone Mings is the Cherries only other absentee, and may be out for the remainder of the season.
Leicester City v Bournemouth Preview and Predictions
Clashes between these two sides have not made for great watching in recent years, only once in the past three years has a team won, with more 0-0 results than conclusive victories. With both sides drawing last week, fans may be fearing the worst.
Claude Puel's side has struggled recently, failing to pick up a Premier League win in February. However, with the dark cloud of the Riyad Mahrez saga finally over, the manager has been able to reintegrate his star player back into the line-up, and the results should come in a matter of time. After missing nearly a month of football, the Algerian will take a while to get back to his best, although will want to play well to earn himself a summer transfer, and is 23/10 to score.
Bournemouth have had a far more enjoyable few months, and have lost just one league game since Christmas, with wins over Chelsea and Arsenal. The form of Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser have certainly contributed towards this, as the pair have seven goals and four assists between them in this period.
Howe may be slightly concerned with his sides recent performances, after they failed to bounce back from defeat at Huddersfield, relying on a last-gasp goal to earn them a draw at home to Newcastle. A win at the King Power would go a long way to reassuring the Cherries that they are back to their best, although Leicester will be desperate to avoid going a fifth game without a win.
Jamie Vardy to score first at 3/1
The Leicester striker has been l dragging the team forward in Mahez's absence and will welcome back his teammates assists.
Jermaine Defoe to score last at 7/1
The England striker may not start but is always a danger off the bench, against tired defenders.