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.

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Leicester City doomed for the drop?

Newly promoted Leicester City are on the verge of a breakdown and their lack of goals recently is more than concerning.

As we all know, goals win games and having only managed to score six in their last eleven outings, it’s no surprise they haven’t managed a win in any of those eleven.

In fact, they have only managed to pick up two points out of a possible 33 since their 5-3 win against Manchester United back in September.

Since the win against United, Leicester’s record signing Leonardo Ulloa has only managed to score once, including a streak of nine games where he failed to score. He started life in the Premier League so brightly but he needs to recapture his form fast.

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The old saying ‘you’re only as good as your strikers’ is definitely apt for this Foxes squad. The constant rotation of the forwards must be confusing as Nigel Pearson juggles with attacking trio Jamie Vardy, David Nugent and Ulloa on a weekly basis.

Adding to the  current disarray at Leicester is the announcement that they have sacked their director for football, Terry Robinson, after 16 years at the club.

Their abysmal form has to be mainly put down to the lack of production from their attacking players, as the defence doesn’t look too frail. They just have a huge problem scoring as of late.

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The Foxes have a tough period ahead as well because over Christmas they have to lock horns with Tottenham, West Ham and relegation rivals Hull City in what is a crucial period. Being bottom of the Premier League at Christmas doesn’t bode well.

They have a tough task ahead of them in the New Year too and at this point it’s hard to see them finishing outside of the bottom three. Perhaps some consistency in selection up front will help give them a base to find some form. Strengthening in the January transfer window is also vital.

Will Leicester beat the odds and avoid the drop this season?