Best Odds: 5/2
The Premier League returns this weekend following two weeks away as a direct result of the international break, and it’s time to get back down to business. With 12 games gone in the season so far we’ve got a pretty good idea of who is going to be battling for what in some areas, but in others, there’s clearly still a deep level of uncertainty. Today, we’re going to look at two sides who are riding a strong wave of momentum and have been ever since August: and that is Brighton & Hove Albion and Leicester City.
Graham Potter has done a great job of steadying the ship for Brighton since the season first began, and it certainly doesn’t look like he’s going to be slowing down any time soon. They’ve got a strong squad that is willing to fight for the badge on their shirt, and in a division as tight as this one, that’s exactly what you need. They may need to bring in a few more new faces during the January transfer window to fully ease their worries, but on the whole, they should certainly be looking up as opposed to down.
Trossard and Connolly are both doubts after sustaining injuries over the international break, whereas Dunk is suspended and Webster is still out injured for the hosts.
Leicester City won the Premier League a few short years ago, and the expectation was that things had peaked for the club. As it turns out, though, they were only just getting started. Brendan Rodgers’ arrival at the King Power Stadium has allowed them to breathe new life into any hope of breaking the top six barrier on a permanent basis. They currently sit in second place in the table as Liverpool’s nearest contenders in the title race, and we don’t think that’s an accident.
The availability and overall fitness of Evans and Maddison will be tested prior to kick off, with injuries leaving both on the verge of being put to one side for this game. Aside from that, an unchanged XI is expected.
Factors to Consider
- In their last meeting back in February, Leicester beat Brighton 2-1.
- Brighton have won three and lost three of their last six games.
- Leicester have won five and lost one of their last six games.
- Brighton have scored ten goals and conceded nine in their last six games.
- Leicester have scored 19 goals and conceded four in their last six games.
Leicester’s forward thinking, attacking movement is going to cause plenty of teams problems throughout the remainder of the season. However, one thing we have certainly seen from Brighton so far during this campaign is that they can set themselves up in a manner to neutralise any threat that comes from teams such as the Foxes. At the Amex, we believe they’re going to frustrate Leicester and take a point away from Brendan Rodgers’ men to slow down their title race surge.
Best Odds: 5/2
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