Foxes can follow Palace and Tigers lead by staying in Premier League
When you get promoted, the first port of call for new Premier League sides is to stay up. That was something both Hull City and Crystal Palace managed to do last season, and Leicester City are making a very good fist of doing the same.
Neither of those three sides are as fancied for relegation as odds-on 4/11 favourites Burnley, who are conversely the 15/8 outsiders to stay up with Coral. The Tigers are 10/3 for the drop ahead of a meeting with the Eagles (2/1), and there are no real signs of second season syndrome creeping into either. Nigel Pearson’s Foxes are even longer to lose top-flight status at 9/2 as they battle the Clarets.
Hull v Crystal Palace
Steve Bruce shall not be relishing his team hosting Palace, because the Tigers have no win in eight previous encounters. The Eagles did the double over them last season, earning 1-0 victories, yet Neil Warnock’s side are 13/5 outsiders to beat the Humberside outfit and 9/1 for that same scoreline again.
Those prices are fantastic value when punters consider Hull’s first-choice keeper Allan McGregor is out for six weeks with a niggling shoulder problem. Veteran stopper Steve Harper should step up from the bench, but has conceded almost three goals per game (14) in his last five appearances across all competitions.
Odds of 11/10 that make Hull favourites for a home win look false, especially as they are yet to taste Premier League victory at the KC Stadium this term. A draw is 23/10. The likes of Barry Bannan, Jason Puncheon and Wilfried Zaha all have recent goals for Palace in this fixture on their CVs, so back the latter pair at 5/1 and 11/4 respectively for goals anytime.
Eagles captain Mile Jedinak and frontman Fraizer Campbell are the men in form for Warnock, though. Both have netted in their last two league outings, so odds of 11/2 and 7/4 say they can each keep those runs going. The Tigers are reliant on Nikica Jelavic (6/4 in the anytime market) and summer signing Abel Hernandez (5/4) forming a partnership in attack.
Your best bet here is backing Palace to win and both teams to score at sumptuous odds of 7/1.
Leicester v Burnley
The Foxes have won five of their last seven meetings with Turf Moor team Burnley, and are unbeaten in that sequence. As Sean Dyche’s side prop up the Premier League alongside Newcastle United, it’s hardly surprising to learn Leicester are odds-on 4/5 favourites for a home win.
In David Nugent, Pearson has a player who simply loves scoring against Burnley. The England cap has been on target in each of his last four Foxes outings against them, and on three occasions he has netted the opener. Back Nugent to score first here at a fantastic 5/1.
Strike partner Leonardo Ulloa is Leicester’s man in form, however, with four in three league home games. That is why the Argentine attacker is even-money in the anytime market. It’s very difficult to make any sort of case for the Clarets getting anything from this trip, who are 7/2 for a massive upset and 5/2 to even scrape a draw.