Leicester vs Stoke City – Premier League: Leicester and Stoke City open the 28th round of the Premier League at the King Power Stadium, Leicester’s stadium
Leicester is the current 8th place of the Premier League with 35 points in 27 matches, having a record of 9 wins, 8 draws and 10 losses, which means they have a productivity of 43.20%. The team has scored 39 goals and has conceded 40.
Counting only their campaign at home, the team has 6 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses, with 21 points conquered out of 39 possible, which is a productivity of 53.84%. The team has scored 19 goals and has conceded 15.
Of the team’s 4 losses at home, 3 of them were against top tier teams: 1-2 against Chelsea, 2-3 against Liverpool and 0-2 against Manchester City, besides a 2-2 draw against Manchester United.
On those 4 matches, the team has conceded 60% of the total amounts of goals they’ve conceded at home, and they’ve scored just over 20%.
Against lower tier teams, they have been making an excellent campaign at home, showing that the home advantage is an important aspect for them.
On their last 5 matches at home, they’ve gotten 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss.
The team is in full strength. The only doubt for their manager is about the Japanese Okazaki, that is struggling with an ankle sprain and it is still unknown whether he will be available to play in this match or not.
A win for the home side ensures they maintain their 8th place, being able to rise to 7th place in case Burnley slips up.
A slip-up might mean that the team loses its 8th place to Everton. Since the Premier League pays 30% of its prizes based on the team’s position on the previous season, it is very important that the team finished in the best possible position.
To get another win, the team counts with the goals of the striker Vardy and the Algerian Mahrez, that together have scored 21 goals and have gotten 9 assists.
The team is coming off a humiliating 5-1 loss to Manchester City, with a disastrous performance in the 2nd half, especially of the goalkeeper Schmeichel.
Stoke City is second-to-last on the competition and they will fight to avoid relegation until the end. Their record shows they have 6 wins, 7 draws and 14 losses, with the team getting 25 out of 81 possible points, a productivity of 30.86%.
The team has scored 27 goals and has conceded 53 so far.
Counting only their campaigns as visitors, the team has an embarrassing campaign, with a record of 1 win, 3 draws and 9 losses, conquering 4 out of 39 possible points, having a productivity in terms of points of 10.25%.
The team has scored 11 goals and has conceded 32 (a very high average of almost 2.5 goals per match).
On their last 5 matches away from home, the team has 1 draw and 4 losses.
To try and overcome their negative moment of form, they count with the quality of the Swiss Shaqiri, the team’s star.
Ireland is a confirmed absence and the attacker Peter Crouch is still doubtful.
Leicester vs Stoke City – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Leicester has been making a respectable campaign, showing their strength at home and conquering their points.
Stoke has been going from bad to worse, struggling a lot to get points away from home and being at high risk of playing in the Championship next season. Their defence is terrible, conceding a lot of goals and not transmitting their fans any confidence.
On the head-to-head record between the teams, Leicester has won the last 2 matches at home by 2-0 and 3-0, respectively.
The stats are all on Leicester’s side. Adding that to the fact that they are the best team, who have a better manager and are in a better moment of form, I believe they should win, even if it is a tough match.