It is the gift that keeps on giving – both teams to score in Leicester’s matches under its new manager, Claudio Ranieri.
Leicester has been a revelation since Ranieri replaced Nigel Pearson as Foxes boss, so much so that perhaps only fans of Derby and Nottingham Forest are not enjoying watching the King Power Stadium side this season. As one remarked last week, Leicester under Ranieri are playing like Newcastle under Kevin Keegan in the mid 1990s and that means goals galore at both ends of the pitch. Leicester’s nine English Premier League games have had an average of 4.00 goals and seven of them have gone over two and a half goals. But it is on another market that Leicester boasts a perfect record.
Leicester has played 11 matches across all competitions and both teams have scored in every single one of those games, with the closest that any side has come to keeping a clean sheet being when Bournemouth shut out the Foxes until the 86th minute in the English Premier League two months ago.
Ranieri looks as though he is loving every minute back in the English Premier League and Leicester supporters have fallen in love with the coach whose rotation policies in previous jobs earned the nickname of the Tinkerman. One thinks that Leicester’s English Premier League ladder position of fifth is false because the Foxes have had a soft schedule in the first nine rounds but one does not have an issue in taking their goal statistics at face value.
Crystal Palace is sixth on the English Premier League ladder and the Eagles have earned the majority of their 15 points away from Selhurst Park, which is where they will be when they tackle Leicester on Saturday. That ought not surprise anyone who has seen Crystal Palace play because the Eagles are set up to be dangerous on the break, blessed as their squad is with fast attackers such as Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha, playing who were born to counter quickly.
Both teams have scored in five of Crystal Palace’s nine English Premier League matches, including two of its four road games. What one likes more than those statistics is that Crystal Palace has scored in three of its four away matches in the English Premier League. All in all, one cannot get away from odds of -149 about both Leicester and Crystal Palace scoring a goal on Saturday.
The English Premier League sack race favourites, Tim Sherwood and Garry Monk (our 50/1 tip), go head to head on Saturday when their Aston Villa and Swansea sides clash at Villa Park.
Aston Villa has not won an English Premier League game since winning at Bournemouth on the opening day and the Villans have lost five divisional matches on the spin. However, one cannot agree with bookmakers that Swansea merits favouritism for Saturday’s English Premier League game that is likely to result in a managerial casualty, particularly if Aston Villa loses to the Swans in front of thousands of Villans fans.
One had the misfortune of watching Swansea lose 0-1 at home to Stoke on Monday and, on the basis of that dismal display, one would be surprised if the Swans do not become embroiled in the English Premier League relegation battle. One expects Sherwood to send out Aston Villa on a win-at-all-costs mission – anything other than a victory is unlikely to improve his employment prospects – and one thinks that Swansea, low on confidence and flattered by its English Premier League ranking last term, is there for the taking.
Marathonbet is offering odds of +206 about Aston Villa beating Swansea and moving to within three points of the Swans on the English Premier League ladder. One can taste the value.
Finally, one likes Marathon’s odds of -109 about Sunday’s English Premier League derby between Sunderland and Newcastle going under two and a half goals.
Making Sunderland more difficult to beat was always going to be Sam Allardyce’s priority upon succeeding Dick Advocaat and one is not reading too much into Newcastle’s last two English Premier League matches that have resulted in a 1-6 loss at Manchester City and 6-2 home triumph over Norwich.
Each of last season’s English Premier League derbies between Sunderland and Newcastle were tight affairs that ended in 1-0 wins for the Black Cats and one is surprised to see not far off even money available about two and a half goals.
Leicester v Palace BTTS
24th October 15:00 GMT
Aston Villa to beat Swansea
24th October 15:00 GMT
Sunderland v Newcastle – Under 2.5 goals
25th October 12:00 GMT