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24/02/2018 | 12:30 pm

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24/02/2018 | 12:30 pm

In a sentence: Stoke City’s battle to escape the Premier League relegation zone will continue when they travel to Leicester City this weekend.

Last time: The pair played out a 2-2 draw at the Bet365 Stadium earlier this season. Peter Crouch scored the home side’s equaliser 17 minutes from time.

This time: Leicester are 19/25 to collect all three points with Stoke at 22/5 and the draw available at 29/10.

You might remember: The first ever Premier League meeting between these two teams occurred in September 2014, and it was Leicester that collected all three points, courtesy of a second-half effort from Leonardo Ulloa.

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Xherdan Shaqiri’s goals will be crucial if Stoke are to pull away from danger

Stoke will go in search of their first Premier League win over Leicester since January 2015 when they travel to the King Power Stadium this weekend. Indeed, the Potters have lost two and drawn three of their last five Premier League games with the Foxes, although the points were shared at the Bet365 Stadium earlier this season. Leicester, however, beat Stoke 2-0 in the corresponding match last term, and Claude Puel’s side will enter the match 11 positions above the visitors in the Premier League table.

Leicester are 19/25 to collect all three points on home soil this weekend. The Foxes lost 5-1 at Manchester City in their last Premier League match, but did overcome Sheffield United in the fifth round of the FA Cup towards the end of last week. A total of 35 points from 27 matches has left Puel’s side in eighth position in the table – one point behind seventh-placed Burnley. That said, Leicester have already lost four Premier League matches at the King Power Stadium this season.

Stoke are 22/5 as the visitors continue their battle against the drop. The Potters have shown signs of improvement since Paul Lambert replaced Mark Hughes, but the team are still in the relegation zone. Indeed, a total of 25 points has left them 19th in the division – two points off 17th-placed Huddersfield Town. They have only won one of their 13 away Premier League matches this term, but will have had two weeks to prepare for this match due to their early elimination in this season’s FA Cup.

The draw is 29/10, and as mentioned, the pair played out a 2-2 draw in the reverse Premier League match earlier this season. Three of the last five league fixtures between the two teams have actually finished level, although all three of those draws occurred on Stoke’s home ground. Leicester have also only drawn three times on home soil in the league this season, with Stoke picking up three draws on their travels.

Jamie Vardy is 10/3 in the first goalscorer market, while the England international can be backed at 11/10 to score at any point during the match. Vardy has 13 Premier League goals to his name this season, and netted the only goal of the match in Leicester’s 1-0 win over Sheffield United in FA Cup on Friday night.

Xherdan Shaqiri is 11/1 in the first goalscorer market this weekend, while the Swiss can be backed at 23/5 to score at any point during the 90 minutes. Shaqiri has thrived since being moved into a central position – netting in each of his last two Premier League matches. There is no question that the former Bayern Munich winger has the capabilities of causing Leicester problems this weekend.

Match Summary

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Look out for:

There have been plenty of goals in the recent fixtures between these two teams, while Leicester have both scored five and conceded five in recent weeks. It is 6/1 that over 4.5 goals are scored, while over 5.5 can be backed at 15/1.

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We fancy:

Correct score of 2-0 Leicester is available at 8/1. Leicester beat Stoke 2-0 in the corresponding Premier League match last season, and a low-scoring home victory appears to be a likely outcome this weekend.

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It’s a long shot, but:

Leicester have only won one of their last five in the Premier League, and a 2-0 Stoke victory can be backed as high as 30/1.

Written by Matt Law

Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.