Leicester v Stoke Betting Tips – 24th February 2018
There is more to Premier League relegation than poor performances. Fans of any club who have suffered relegation will tell you all manner of stories about training ground bust ups, managers losing the dressing room and off-field incidents that culminated to produce the perfect storm.
If Stoke City are relegated this season they’ll certainly have plenty of places to point their finger.
Mark Hughes appeared to lose his edge before being sacked, the club’s summer transfers have failed to make the expected impact and now Sadio Berahino is having his personal life splashed all over the front pages.
It’s going to take a monumental effort from Paul Lambert to right the Stoke ship which looks to be sinking fast.
Leicester to Return to Winning Ways
All Lambert can do is continue to focus on the next match which means coming up with a plan to beat Leicester on Saturday afternoon.
Leicester are going through something of a mini slump currently with just one point to show from their last three league matches. They were, however, a little better during their 1-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield United on the weekend and are itching to get back to their best.
The fans who head to the King Power Stadium may well be treated to just that against the Premier League’s worst defence.
As well as conceding 53 league goals to date, Stoke have managed to score an average of just one goal per game while they’ve won only once on their travels.
The bookies make Leicester the clear favourites for the first Premier League match of the weekend. We agree with their reading of the game and recommend backing the home side at 19/25 with Marathonbet.
Stoke to Lose the Will to Fight
It’s never easy for Premier League teams to get themselves up for an early kickoff. The players have to get up early and force a big meal down them when they’d normally be eating breakfast and the crowds can often be a little quieter than normal.
Lambert will be doing all he can to ensure that his Stoke players are wound up and ready to fight for the cause at the King Power but there is every chance heads will drop in the away team if Leicester start brightly.
The Foxes have generally played well under Claude Puel. They put three past Newcastle, four past Southampton and beat Huddersfield 3-0 on New Year’s Day. Leicester also have a good goalscoring record in the early stages and could catch Stoke cold.
So, back the home side to score inside the opening 10 minutes at 6/1 with Ladbrokes. It could also pay to bet on Leicester scoring over 2.5 goals at 11/4 with Betfair.
Mahrez to Show Man City What They’re Missing
The absence of Riyad Mahrez was one of the main contributing factors behind Leicester’s recent poor record in the Premier League.
The Algerian international skipped training and made himself unavailable for selection in protest at Leicester’s decision not to sell him when a big money bid came in from Manchester City.
Puel had a lot to deal with behind the scenes due to the Mahrez situation but he’s welcomed the winger back into the fold recently.
We'd had absence, unanswered questions, olive branches, an unexpected reappearance, a private apology, vague public statements and a return at Man City.— James Sharpe (@TheSharpeEnd) February 19, 2018
Here was Riyad Mahrez's final test to see if the saga could finally be put to bed.
Mahrez reminded everybody just how good he is by setting up Jamie Vardy for the winner against Sheffield United and he can go one further by scoring himself against Stoke at 13/5 with Paddy Power.