Leicester to out-fox Tigers
A look over Saturday’s relegation battle
Football punters have an intriguing Premier League relegation battle on their hands on Saturday afternoon, in what looks to be the standout of the 3.00pm starts. Leicester vs Hull, The Foxes vs The Tigers – a Championship fixture next season, if things don’t improve.
Leicester enjoy home advantage, and that should be crucial in such a tight affair, especially with Hull struggling to pick-up points on their travels for the majority of this season. The locals also go in with confidence onside, having picked up a morale-boosting win over Liverpool only a matter of days ago.
Leicester up for a row
No one gave the managerless champions a chance against Klopp’s big guns at this venue on Monday night, and many more thought that they deserved the relegation that was surely coming their way following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri. Opinions count for nothing at the King Power however, they never have, and the side, led by interim boss Craig Shakespeare, dominated the evening, running out 3-1 winners, thanks to a double from Vardy and another from Drinkwater.
Shakespeare told the press, and just about anyone who cared to listen at the conclusion of that match that his side is full of guts and are firing back at the critics who had dished out some cruel remarks during their troubles this season. He promised that they had the stomach for a fight and would be building on that win.
The three points earned there moved Leicester up into 15th-place, level on points with Swansea, and just two behind Bournemouth. Six points in just five days would go some way to seeing them play top-flight football again next season, and the home win can be backed at our tempting 5/6.
Hull’s travel-sickness to linger
Hull City go in second-bottom of the league, and although they have beaten Liverpool and drawn with Man Utd and Burnley in their last four, they do play their better football at the KCOM, and the stats taken from their travels makes them difficult to trust.
Marco Silva’s side have lost nine and drawn one of their last 10 away days in all competitions. That run includes a 4-1 hammering at the hands of Championship side Fulham in the FA Cup. A closer look at that snapshot of form shows just why they are finding points hard to come by on the road. The Tigers have failed to score in eight of those 10 matches, which is worrying for everyone connected to the club, but serves as a real pointer to punters.
Those looking to stick to that trend can click no in the both teams to score market at 10/11, which should pull its weight in accumulators alongside similar predictions, while Leicester to win to nil will net you a cheery 2/1. They beat West Ham 1-0 on New Year’s Eve and that goes at 11/2 when trying your luck in the correct score market.