Leicester v Brighton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 25, 2019
King Power Stadium - Premier League
Leicester face Brighton in mid-week action at the King Power Stadium, playing for the first time since Claude Puel's dismissal. The Seagulls will be hoping their stability pays off, with Chris Hughton is currently the fourth longest current serving Premier League manager.
A fiery 1-1 draw when the sides last met saw James Maddison sent off, and the two figurehead strikers, Jamie Vardy and Glenn Murray scoring.
With coaches Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler taking charge, the starting XI for Leicester may see experienced head such as Wes Morgan returning. James Maddison should also be fit to start, although Ben Chilwell is a doubt.
Brighton have suffered somewhat of an injury crisis but welcome back a number of first team regulars on Tuesday. Murray could be joined by Lewis Dunk, Solly March, Jurgen Locadia and Jose Izqueido.
Leicester v Brighton Predictions and Preview
Leicester's managerial carousel has rotated once again, and Claude Puel may feel aggrieved having led to club to a respectable ninth placed finish last year. However, a poor run of results, culminating in a 4-1 reverse by Crystal Palace doomed the end for the manager.
The Foxes will be looking for a reaction, and come up against a Brighton side that has not won a league game in 2019. Hughton's side have progressed well in the FA Cup, but a congested fixture list, and a number of key injuries has resulted in a major dip in form for the side.
However, the postponement of the Seagulls fixture last weekend, has provided sufficient time for players to either rest or resume training, meaning that the likes of Murray, who is 12/5 to score, should be fit for Tuesday's game. Given that the evergreen centre-forward is the only Brighton player to have scored more than five goals this season, his ability to perform is vital to their chances.
Brighton's hopes may well depend on the home players' response to their managers departure. Leicester's own star striker, Vardy, has previously admitted his dislike for Puel's tactics, and will hope that the change will allow a switch back to faster more direct football.
The Foxes are very much a club without an identity at the moment, with the experiment with possession football clearly deemed a failure. The owners must decide whether to allow the team to play to their strengths, achieving short-term goals, or to try and push ahead with instilling a long-term vision - with Tuesday's game potentially providing an insight into their decisions.
Jamie Vardy to score anytime at 7/5
The England striker will benefit from the caretaker managers likely resumption to counter-attacking football.
Leicester to win and both teams to score at 7/2
Managerial changes and heavy defeats usually prompt responses from sides, although could see Leicester over-stretch.