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Leicester has qualified for the UEFA Champions League last 16 with a round of group games to spare and now it is time for the Foxes to lift themselves up the English Premier League ladder, starting with a win over Middlesbrough.
Claudio Ranieri has made no secret of the fact that the UEFA Champions League group stage has been Leicester’s focus in the first third of the English Premier League season, with the Foxes progressing from a section including Club Brugge, Kobenhavn and Porto with 13 points from a possible 15.
Leicester is 14th on the English Premier League ladder and part of the reason is that the Foxes have had a difficult schedule. Leicester has visited four of the English Premier League top six and hosted another one, Arsenal. Leicester, however, is 3-1-1 against teams on the bottom half of the English Premier League ladder and its Saturday opponent, Middlesbrough, is positioned one rung below in 15th,
Middlesbrough was one’s pick of the English Premier League new boys and, while Boro may still end up finishing ahead of fellow promoted sides Burnley and Hull, they have not been as good as one expected them to be. Middlesbrough is 2-5-5 after 12 English Premier League rounds and its attack is the equal bluntest in the division. According to one’s English Premier League collateral form analysis, Leicester and Middlesbrough are level on 3-0-3 but one thinks that the Foxes have not produced their best form domestically and that they are capable of considerable improvement.
Leicester is available at odds of 91/100 1.91 -110 0.91 -1.10 0.91 with quite a few bookmakers, including BetVictor, Bet365 and William Hill to get the better of Middlesbrough at the King Power Stadium.
Some English Premier League analysts are getting carried away with Sunderland’s back-to-back divisional victories but, let us cut to the chase, the Black Cats have beaten Bournemouth and Hull, not Chelsea and Manchester City.
One thinks that Sunderland will come crashing back down to earth on Saturday when it visits second-placed Liverpool and the bet in which one is interested is the Reds to lead the English Premier League encounter at Anfield both at half time and full time at odds of 31/50 1.62 -161 0.62 -1.61 0.62 with Coral.
Liverpool is 4-1-0 in its five English Premier League home matches, landing half-time/full-time double-result wagers four times. Liverpool has led seven of its 12 English Premier League games at half time and, if the Reds hit the front, one does not fancy Sunderland equalising. Sunderland is 0-1-5 on its English Premier League travels and it has been behind at half time in each of those six matches.
Finally, Tottenham’s unbeaten English Premier League run has got to come to an end eventually and one suspects that Spurs may come a cropper in Sunday’s London derby at Chelsea.
Six successive English Premier League wins have enabled Chelsea to reach the summit of the ladder, a period during which Tottenham has picked up eight points fewer than the Blues. Chelsea has not lost a home league match versus Tottenham since 1990 and, with Spurs likely to line up without several regular defenders, one is selecting the Blues at odds of 4/5 1.80 -125 0.80 -1.25 0.80 with William Hill.
Leicester to beat Middlesbrough
Saturday 26th November, 15:00 GMT
Odds: 91/100 1.91 -110 0.91 -1.10 0.91
Liverpool HT/FT Double Result
Saturday 26th November, 15:00 GMT
Odds: 31/50 1.62 -161 0.62 -1.61 0.62
Chelsea to beat Tottenham
Saturday 26th November, 17:30 GMT
Odds: 4/5 1.80 -125 0.80 -1.25 0.80
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