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Will Leicester City bounce back against Middlesbrough on Saturday?

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, English Premier League 25 Nov 2016

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has been frustrated with his side's woes in the Premier League.

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has been frustrated with his side’s woes in the Premier League.

Leicester City host newly-promoted Middlesbrough to the King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, in a game that could see them get back to winning ways after a sombre start to their title defence.

The Foxes have managed just one win in the league since September, but could well respond this weekend with visitors Boro vulnerable on the road, coupled with City’s momentum thanks to success in Europe.

Leicester’s home form has been more consistent

Despite such a woeful start to the season, Leicester City’s results on home soil have provided some solace. The Midlands outfit have picked up 11 points at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League, losing only once in their own backyard and conceding just four goals in six games. Arsenal and Southampton are two sides who failed to beat City at the King Power, so Middlesbrough won’t take Leicester’s poor start to the season for granted.

Claudio Ranieri’s men have enjoyed convincing wins against the sides around them in the table – Swansea City, Burnley and Crystal Palace – which is also a good sign that Leicester can deliver in the crunch games where they’re expected to win. Their form in the Champions League has seen them winning all three home games in the group, conceding just one goal, coming into this weekend’s league clash off the back of a home win in Europe.

Goal-shy Middlesbrough might be shut out at the King Power Stadium

Leicester City’s defensive record at home in the league and Europe has seen them conceding just five goals in nine games at the King Power, keeping five clean sheets, and they will fancy their chances of shutting out a Middlesbrough side who have scored just 0.6 goals per game on average in their last five in the Premier League.

Middlesbrough have failed to score in three of their last five in the Premier League, scoring more than once just twice from 12 outings. The North-East side have been far from convincing in front of goal and are sure to have their troubles breaching the Leicester defence in the Midlands.

Wins have been few and far between too, managing just one victory in the league since August so Leicester will feel they should take advantage to distance themselves from the lower reaches of the table. Leicester City are 10/11 to win against Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon as a result. So can the Foxes deliver?


Crippy Cooke

Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.



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