Sunderland v Leicester – Stadium of Light at 15:00
It’s that time of the season when we all start getting our calculators out to do the maths to see who needs what in order to avoid relegation. Both sides can secure safety with a win if Hull fail to beat Spurs, something which Sunderland will probably need more with Arsenal and Chelsea away as their last 2 games.
A point may be enough for Leicester and with QPR at the King Power next weekend, they are as big as 41.0 for the drop. The Foxes may be happy with a draw but it’s not Nigel Pearson’s style to sit back and play for the draw, they have attacked their way out of relegation and will not change their philosophy now.
There’s not a lot that separates the two sides in terms of price, both sides at around 2.8 to win with the draw at 3.3 which will be a popular selection.
Sunderland come into the match on the back of 2 victories with our readers profiting on our last Asian Handicap betting recommendation to back the Black Cats +0.75 against Everton last Saturday. Sunderland have not won 3 league matches on the bounce since last May when they put together a 4 game winning streak to avoid relegation and it wouldn’t be a shock if they were to do it again this year.
Dick Advocat’s side have a good record against Leicester, winning 4 and losing none of their last 6 meetings. The Foxes have failed to win at the Stadium of Light in their last 6 meetings, D3 L3, but they are coming into the fixture on the back of 2 away wins and 6 wins from their last 7 league matches.
Leicester have never won 3 away Premier League matches in a row but there would be no better time to do it than now.
A low scoring match is expected by many but I think we will see goals. Sunderland can’t afford to rely on results elsewhere to ensure their safety and Leicester will continue to play their attacking football, it’s got them this far. The Black Cats have scored in each of their last 5 and the Foxes in their last 8. The Both Teams to Score price is very tempting at 1.85 but the juicy 2.15 on offer for Over 2.5 goals is great value.
I think Sunderland have the edge here due to their head to head form against Leicester and the fact they need this win more than their opponents going into the game. My Asian Handicap recommendation is to back the home side +/-0 (Draw No Bet) at 2.0 but the best value is on Over 2.5 goals.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Over 2.5 goals @ 2.15
Prices correct at time of writing.
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