Premier League Preview and Prediction: Leicester vs Swansea

Competition: Premier League – Leicester City vs. Swansea City

Venue: King Power Stadium – Saturday, April 18th – 15:00 BST (10:00 ET)

Match Odds: Leicester 11/10 – Draw 23/10 – Swansea 5/2

Match Preview

It’s crunch time for Leicester City’s season as they play host this weekend to a Swansea side looking for their best ever Premier League finish.

Nigel Pearson’s Leicester have bridged the gap between fellow relegation strugglers recently with back-to-back wins and will be hoping to make it three on the bounce as they look to pull of a great escape.

They are currently three points off of safety and the battle should go down to the wire as Leicester can produce results with five of their last seven at home, starting with Swansea on Saturday.

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It is important that Leicester take something from this game as they have the worst home record in the Premier League this year. That will need to improve if they are to avoid the drop.

Leicester City’s home record in the Premier League: P14 – W3 – D5 – L6

Swansea could be without striker Bafetimbi Gomis on Saturday as the striker left the Everton match early following a hamstring injury last week, and his absence will be a blow to the Swans.

With not much to play for, and only a slight chance of European football, Swansea are arguably playing for pride now, with a best ever Premier League finish on the cards should they finish 8th.

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They equalled their record points tally in the Premier League with a draw at Everton last week and know another point will set a new record.

Swansea’s away record in the Premier League: P15 – W5 – D3 – L7

Garry Monk has done a stellar job up to now, and it’s not in his nature to set up a team that won’t attack so we’re hoping for an open game that should thrill.

Team News

Leicester City have no injury or suspension concerns for this week so Nigel Pearson has a full squad to pick from. However, we are expecting the same XI to play from last weekend’s win at West Brom, with David Nugent playing the number ten role.

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Swansea City will be without Kyle Naughton and Tom Carroll, who remain long-term absentees. Jefferson Montero, Nelson Oliveira and Bafetimbi Gomis are all doubts but Montero and Oliveira will be pushing for a start. Neil Taylor is out serving a suspension.

Key Points

Leicester’s last five in the Premier League: L/D/L/W/W

Swansea’s last five in the Premier League: L/L/W/W/D

Key Stat: The home team has won this fixture in the last seven meetings between the two sides in all competitions.

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Key Player: David Nugent – With an eye for goal and a knack for being in the right place at the right time, Nugent could be the difference in this one.

Score Prediction

Leicester City 2-2 Swansea City – We’re hoping this will be an open game with plenty of goals. Leicester need to try and pick up all three points but a score draw looks the most likely result against a solid Swansea side looking to set a record points tally in the Premier League.


Arsenal the best Premier League team in 2015, QPR the worst

As we enter the international break, the Premier League will take a back seat until action resumes at lunchtime on Saturday, April 4th when the two form sides in the shape of Arsenal and Liverpool clash at the Emirates Stadium for a crucial encounter.

With almost two weeks until then, it allows for time to reflect on what we’ve seen in the last few months. So which clubs have stepped up their performance in 2015 and who has tailed off?

Here’s a look at the table if the Premier League season had begun on January 1st:

2015 PL Table

Premier League table since 01/01/2015

Arsenal have won the most games in 2015 and that would be enough to put them at the top of the pile, while title favourites Chelsea would be all the way down in fifth, although they do have a game in hand.

Reigning champions Manchester City have had a very poor year by their standards and would find themselves in eight position – a disappointing statistic for Manuel Pellegrini‘s side who’ve displayed mid-table performances.

For all the criticism they’ve come in for, local rivals Manchester United would be third and Liverpool’s new year resurgence would see them as high as second. Brendan Rodgers has certainly turned things round in the last three months with eight wins from 11 games.

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Tottenham possess the deadliest league attack in 2015, thanks largely to the prolific Harry Kane and that sees them as the fourth best team so far this year. However, they’ve shipped 18 at the other end giving them the fourth worst defence in the league behind only QPR, Burnley and Newcastle.

Talking of Newcastle, their form in 2015 shows why they’ve slipped down the table with just two wins from 11 and John Carver will know that’s certainly not good enough for a club of their size.

It’s clear to see why Aston Villa, Leicester, Sunderland and QPR all find themselves in a relegation battle as they’ve been the league’s whipping boys in 2015 with just five wins in total between the four of them.

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Crystal Palace are perhaps the biggest surprise in 2015 as they would be sixth as it stands, which is further credit to the incredible job that Alan Pardew has done since his arrival in South London. The Eagles fans probably wish the season really did start in January.

Arsene Wenger will be delighted with how his Arsenal team have propelled themselves into a strong position since spending a large proportion of the season outside of the top four, but Gunners fans will probably look at this as a case of what could have been if it wasn’t for such a slow start.

Which team has shown the most surprising form in 2015 so far?