Leicester v Stoke Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 20, 2018
King Power Stadium - Premier League
Leicester welcome Stoke to the King Power in Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off, with the threat of relegation hanging heavy over the visitors. Currently in the bottom three, a win would do wonders for the Potters’ bid to beat the drop.
The teams played out a 2-2 draw at the Bet365 in early November, with Stoke twice levelling the scores to secure a point. Leicester won two of the three games before that with a draw in the other, while Stoke’s last victory over the Foxes was a 1-0 away success in January 2015.
Shinji Okazaki is the only injury concern for Claude Puel ahead of this game, as the Japanese forward is struggling with a knee problem. Apart from that, the Leicester boss has a full complement of players to choose from, with Riyad Mahrez in line to start after his recent exile.
Paul Lambert also has a healthy squad at his disposal, with only Peter Crouch and Stephen Ireland carrying injuries. Both have a decent chance of making this game though after suffering from respective ankle and calf problems.
Leicester v Stoke Preview and Predictions
The Premier League is a strange beast this season, with eighth placed Leicester close to the relegation zone than they are to Arsenal two places above them in sixth. There’s little chance of the Foxes being dragged into a relegation scrap, but that’s certainly how the season has shaped up for the Potters.
Puel’s side have the chance to move up into seventh place, which is likely to yield Europa League football this season, if Burnley fail to beat Southampton at Turf Moor later on Saturday afternoon. With Jamie Vardy firing on all cylinders after scoring in each of his last five games, and Mahrez returning to the fold, Leicester are favourites for this match and priced at 19/25 in the betting. Stoke are 22/5, while the draw is 29/10.
Paul Lambert will take charge of his fifth game as the Potters boss, but his side have failed to record another win since the 2-0 victory over Huddersfield in his first match in charge. There have been two disappointing draws at home against other teams in the bottom half of the Premier League table, but Stoke have had an extra week to prepare for this game, and we’ll see if the time on the training field has been well spent at the weekend.
Leicester to win to nil at 2/1
The Foxes have beaten Stoke 2-0 and 3-0 in their last two meetings at the King Power, so this could be a good way to improve your odds on a home victory.
A 2-2 draw at 16/1
The Potters are fighting for their lives though, and with plenty of attacking talent on show, three of the last five games between these two sides have ended 2-2.