Stoke City vs Leicester
English Premier League, Season 2017/18
Date: Saturday, 4th October 2017
Kick-off at 12:30 UK/ 13:30 CET
Venue: Britannia Stadium.
The Bet365 stadium plays host to a wounded Stoke side trying to find its footing against the recently dethroned former premier league champions.
The former Southampton boss restored a modicum of confidence and fight at the King Power Stadium. In fact, the Leicester team that turns up at Stoke will be almost unrecognisable from the performances under Craig Shakespeare, making this one of the most intriguing battles of match day 11.
It’s hard to imagine Stoke manager Mark Hughes is a happy man, with injuries to first team regulars not helping with the poor performance and bad results on offer.
Having fielded a fully makeshift defense in recent games, Stoke are come into this game without the services of Martins Indi, Stephen Ireland and Geoff Cameron. Veteran striker Peter Crouch is also doubtful for Saturday’s visit of Jamie Vardy and co.
The visitors have their own injuries to contend with, however, with defender Robert Huth and Matty James missing for Saturday. Midfielder Andre Silva remains ineligible after Leicester missed the FIFA registration deadline by 14 seconds.
Stoke City vs Leicester: Head-to-head
The two teams have faced off 7 times since 2014, when Stoke beat a promotion-chasing Leicester side 2-1 at the then Britannia Stadium.
In the following 6 encounters, Leicester has won 3 and drawn twice, scoring 10 goals and conceding just 5.
Indeed, Stoke are without a win in this fixture since January 2015, a run of four games.
Stoke City vs Leicester: Predictions
The hosts will be looking to build on a much needed 0-1 win away to Watford, when Darren Fletcher’s 16th minute winner proved enough to collect the spoils.
With 3 consecutive wins in all competitions, Leicester will begin the match with confidence to boot, and are available at 2.70 to upset to the noisy Bet365 fans.
You can however back Stoke at 2.60 to continue their recovery and collect a vital 3 points with a home win. A stalemate is available at 3.25.
Leicester has scored in four of their last 5 games. With Stoke devoid of their usual defensive solidity, 888sport are backing both teams to score at 1.75. Stoke city have been equally productive in front of goal, and over 2.5 goals is on offer at 2.00.
With key players missing, expect this match to be won through tactical nous of the managers, and the team that wins the midfield battle.
Stoke City vs Leicester: Betting Tips
Match result: Draw, available at 3.25
Total Goals: Under 2.5, available at 1.80
Both teams to Score – YES, available at 1.75.
Match odds courtesy of William Hill.
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