Leicester City v Bournemouth Betting Tips And Prediction
May 18, 2017
After the unprecedented ecstasy of last season, there have been more thrills this time round, only mixed with bitter disappointment, turmoil and no shortage of emotional intensity. They host Bournemouth on the final day of the season hoping to round off with a win and complete what has been an encouraging start to life under Craig Shakespeare.
The supporters will certainly be hoping for a much more commanding performance than the one they witnessed on Thursday night, when the Foxes were thumped 6-1 by Tottenham. Getting a result against Eddie Howe’s Cherries will not be as difficult as trying to outclass Mauricio Pochettino’s side, but Bournemouth come into this fixture on the back of some solid form, recording victories in three out of their last four games. Bournemouth beat Burnley last weekend to add to recent victories over Sunderland and Middlesbrough as Howe’s side have been taking full advantage against the teams lower than them in the table.
However, aside from their 1-0 win at relegated Sunderland, the Cherries have performed terribly on the road, failing to win in the seven games leading up to the trip to the Stadium of Light. On top of that, they have a tendency to capitulate in defence, with six of their games in the league this season featuring five or more goals. With both sides set to put on an entertaining display on the final day of the season, we’re expecting to see quite a few balls hit the back of the net.
Free Betting Tips
We’d recommend a Leicester win and over 3.5 goals at 7/2 on Sky Bet, seeing that they have scored two or more goals in five of their last six league games at the King Power Stadium. This Sunday won’t be the champagne-soaked party that was last season’s title celebrations, but Shakespeare and his players will still be keen to end an emotionally exhausting campaign on a high note with plenty of goals and excitement. Bournemouth have scored in six out of their last seven games, so they’re likely to contribute to the entertainment at least.
Joshua King and Junior Stanislas have both been in fine form in front of goal recently, so at 15/2 and 12/1 respectively for first goal-scorer, you may well reap the benefits of that bet. Looking at recent games, we’re expecting a close encounter as all five of their most recent encounters – dating back to when both sides were in the Championship – have been decided by the odd goal or have been a draw.
In fact, Leicester haven’t beaten the Cherries in the Premier League but we don’t think you can take much stock in such a statistic. With a win, Leicester can usurp Bournemouth in tenth place – which would certainly be a commendable finish given the wreckage of their early season form – so there is definitely enough motivation there for both sides to go out and make this one of the more exciting games of this season’s final day.