Sunday, March 24, 2019

Prediction: Leicester City vs Fulham

Verdict: Over 2.5 goals scored – yes

Best Odds: 7/10

Bookmaker: 888sport

Two struggling side will meet this Saturday in the Premier League when Leicester City host Fulham at King Power Stadium. The hosts are near the middle of the standings but riding a poor stretch of form, while the visitors remain in the red zone and at this point, it seems a miracle will save them from relegation. Kick-off for this match is slated at 15:00 GMT.

Leicester City

The Foxes have been extremely poor in recent weeks. Brendan Rodgers replaced Claude Puel – who was sacked due to a bad run of results – but things haven’t changed for the former Premier League. Leicester currently sit in 11th place in the standings with 35 points, but they are going through a rough patch at the moment with only one win in their previous five Premier League outings (W1, L4). Even worst, their 10-game form reads W2, D1, L7, and only two teams have gotten worst results than them… one of them being Fulham. Leicester are coming off a 2-1 away defeat against Watford the last time out, but they can take confort in the fact that they won their most recent league match at home when they defeated Brighton by a 2-1 score. Can they start a winning run against another relegation-threatened side such as The Cottagers? Or will they disappoint in front of their crowd to continue their poor run of results over the past few weeks?

Team News

Leicester will only have two absent players ahead of this match.

Marc Albrighton (thigh) and Daniel Amartey (ankle) have both been ruled out of this match. The rest of the squad, however, is fit and available.

Fulham

Leicester might be going through a tough time, but Fulham have had their fair share of struggles during the entire season. It has been a difficult return to the top-flight for the Craven Cottage outfit, as they keep having problems on both ends of the pitch and that’s a big reason why they sit in 19th place with only 17 points after 29 matches. With only nine games left in the season, Fulham own the worst defence in the Premier League with 65 goals conceded, and they average 2.24 goals against them per game. They also won the worst away record in the competition with no wins and only two points out of 45 available (D2, L13) on the road. And adding insult to injury, Fulham are also riding a five-game losing streak. It seems they simply can’t catch a break, and they will need a lot of help to even have a chance to avoid relegation. But right now, things are not looking good for Scott Parker’s men.

Team News

Fulham won’t have Marcus Bettinelli and Alfie Mawson, since both are dealing with knee injury.

Plus, forward Andre Schurrle is questionable due to illness. The coaching staff will decide his availability only hours before kick-off.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Leicester have struggled to score at King Power Stadium all season long, and the numbers don’t lie. The Foxes 1.14 goals per game at home.
  • Both teams have scored in seven of Leicester’s last eight Premier League matches.
  • Fulham have the worst defence in the Premier League with 65 goals conceded (2.24 per game).
  • Leicester’s last four matches have seen over 2.5 goals scored. The same thing has happened in three out of Fulham’s last four.
  • Fulham have scored just two goals and conceded 12 during their current five-game losing streak.

Conclusion

Expect this game to be quite open since both sides need the three points. And considering the recent tendencies, I wouldn’t be surprised if this one ends with over 2.5 goals scored.

Verdict: Over 2.5 goals scored – yes

Best Odds: 7/10

Bookmaker: 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Juan Pablo Aravena


A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.

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