BetStars Betting Preview: Leicester City vs. Stoke City

Three consecutive wins for the Foxes has moved them within six points of ninth-placed Stoke and a repeat of last season’s 3-0 score line could halve that gap by 5 o’clock on Saturday evening.

City are priced at 21/20 to take all three points with BetStars while the draw is available at 12/5. Leicester to win and both teams to score has also been a very popular bet with City fans in recent weeks and is available at 16/5.

Since the turn of 2017 Leicester have won every league game in which they have scored and they’re priced at 23/10 to win to nil on Saturday. Leicester to win 2-0 has been the most popular score line bet and with City’s strikers banging them in at one end and Kasper Schmeichel frustrating opposition strikers at the other it could be prudent to get on that bandwagon.

Those looking for value in the goal scorers markets may fancy Jamie Vardy to score 2 or more goals at 6/1 and BetStars are expecting plenty of backers for Robert Huth to score the first goal against his former club at 18/1.

Last season Leicester City were awarded the most penalties in the Premier League but BetStars are expecting punters to stay away from the penalty markets for this game given Stoke City have conceded a league low of just two this season.

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Albrighton: Play With Confidence

Despite having Jamie Vardy sent off and going 2-0 down in the first period at the bet365 Stadium in December, the Foxes battled to a precious Premier League point.

Leonardo Ulloa halved the deficit with just over 15 minutes to play, before Daniel Amartey nodded in late on to salvage a 2-2 draw in the Potteries.

“It’ll be a physical battle,” Albrighton told LCFC TV prior to Saturday’s game. “Obviously in previous years they’ve been renowned for being a big side. I do think they’ve changed that, but I think they’ve still got elements of it.

“They’ve got a tough back four that won’t let you past or in behind too easily, so it’s going to be tough for us.

“We played well at their place before the sending off and they got their goal, so I think we can take confidence from that and when they come to King Power Stadium and with the wins that we’ve got, I’m sure the place will be rocking. It’ll be a fantastic occasion to get a win.

“It’s been a good last few weeks in terms of results and even performances. We feel like we’ve played well in the games that we’ve won.

“We’ve had some spells in games where we look fantastic at times on the ball and if we can play with that confidence going into the games in this month then I’m sure we’ll have no problem.”

City’s last outing, albeit before the international break, saw them record their first Premier League win on the road this term.

The 3-2 victory at the London Stadium over West Ham United was certainly a welcome one and Albrighton believes it has relieved some pressure ahead of some tricky upcoming away trips.

He added: “We needed to break that duck. Everybody was talking about that and after we’d got those three home wins, everybody was looking at our away form. To have broken that is brilliant for us.

“It was good to get it off our back and we can now go into a couple more home games with confidence. When we do go away, people won’t be talking about that now and we can concentrate on getting the result.”

Leicester City & Atletico Madrid Braced For Latest European Epic

Last week was a chastening experience but it is one City survived. Enveloped within the sun-drenched confines of the Vicente Calderón, they withstood almost everything their illustrious hosts could muster. One moment; a stumble, the referee’s whistle, the swing of Antoine Griezmann’s left foot.

One goal without return, from 12 yards in the 28th minute, handed Atléti a slender but crucial advantage. The naysayers have since returned, prophesying that the end is nigh for the Foxes fairy tale. They uttered those words last week too. And City stood tall in the Arganzuela sunshine.

Filbert Way awaits Diego Simeone’s band of European heavyweights. They’ve been to the Santiago Bernabéu lately without wilting. But, as Sevilla discovered, the Leicester City Stadium is a unique setting – even for those who frequent far larger, far more imposing grounds across the world.

City have earned the right to be here and are determined to enjoy the ride. From Bruges to Copenhagen, Porto to Seville, they have embarked on a European tour they’ll never forget. Such is the brutal nature of knock-out UEFA Champions League football, though, it could all end in a heartbeat.

Memories of Marc Albrighton slotting home in Belgium will last forever. So, too, will the thought of Islam Slimani, the dragon slayer of Lisbon, sinking old adversaries Porto last autumn. The sight of City’s exhausted heroes tumbling to the floor last month, drained at full-time, proved how much this means.

One season is a blink of an eye in the grand scheme of things. Nights like these, mind you, act as a reminder that the stakes have never been higher for Leicester City. When Wes Morgan hoisted the Premier League trophy aloft back in May, these are the nights that populated the Blue Army’s dreams.

Atléti, meanwhile, arrived in the UK on Monday afternoon. Simeone knows the drill. This is well trodden ground for the Argentinian head coach. The Spanish press seized their chance to quiz the Buenos Aires native on the key issues. Are Leicester a threat? “Of course, they are a big danger,” he said.

The unwritten manager’s code of conduct dictates that only the greatest respect will do in such circumstances but Simeone knows all about the weapons in City’s arsenal. Their threat was there in flashes five days ago. With a raucous Filbert Way crowd at their disposal, there’s little Craig Shakespeare’s men cannot achieve.

The odds are against Leicester, of course, but when haven’t they been? As the likes of Saúl Ñíguez, Koke and Diego Godín strode out onto the turf on Monday night, a throng of photographers momentarily obscured their view. The crowd cleared, the sun shone through and a sea of blue, white and gold flags came into focus.

The scene is set – and the visitors will understandably be bullish of their chances. They know how to handle nights such as these. They have battle-hardened European experts among their ranks. The heartbreak of last summer merely serves as an extra motivation. Defeat to Real Madrid in the final on a glorious evening in Milano, their second in three years, still hurts dearly.

Leicester, spurred on by their odds-defying antics of past campaigns, hope to beAtléti’s latest villains. The pretext will count for little, however, once the referee’s whistle blows. When the unstoppable force of Madrid meets the immovable object of Leicester, there’s no telling how the dust will settle. At 7.45pm tomorrow, we finally find out.

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