Claude Puel

Leicester vs Brighton betting tips: Premier League match preview and predictions

Leicester vs Brighton prediction: Leicester 1-1 Brighton

The Claude Puel reign is over.

Leicester City sacked their manager on Sunday morning after a run of 6 games without a win.

This is a very winnable game for them though as Brighton are in terrible form too.

Will either side come out on top?

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 17: Anthony Knockaert of Brighton and Hove Albion celebrates as Glenn Murray of Brighton and Hove Albion scores his team’s second goal from a penalty during the Premier League match between Southampton and Brighton & Hove Albion at St Mary’s Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Leicester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion: Who will win?

The hosts Leicester City are odds on favourites to win at 17/20.

Brighton have only won 4 out of 32 Premier League away games and are 7/2 to improve on that.

A draw, which doesn’t really suit either, is 12/5.

It’s unlikely to be a goal-fest.

Under 2.5 goals is 4/6 but both teams to score is 10/11.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Marc Albrighton of Leicester City celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal with his team mates during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester City at The King Power Stadium on December 26, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

If there are to be goals, both have lethal Englishman in their ranks to get them.

Jamie Vardy has 8 to his name this season and is 10/3 to score first and 13/10 to make that 9.

James Maddison has created the second most chances of any player in the league. He’s also scored 5 Premier League goals and is 6/1 to score first and 12/5 to net anytime.

At the other end of the pitch, 35-year old Glenn Murray has 12 goals to his name. He’s 5/1 to score first and 15/8 to add to his impressive tally.

Both Vardy and Maddison to score is 8/1.

Both Vardy and Murray to score is 13/2.

Leicester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion: Match preview

It felt as though Claude Puel had been under pressure since the day he took the Leicester job.

That pressure finally told.

He was sacked on Sunday morning and the club are currently searching for his successor.

That came after Saturday evening’s 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace.

The Foxes have now lost 4 home games in a row for the first time since January 2000 .

They also haven’t won since New Year’s Day, picking up just 1 point in their 6 games since then.

One of their problems all season has been slow starts.

In fact, they’ve conceded the first goal in 19 Premier League games this season which is more than any other side.

How will the players react to the dismissal of their, seemingly, unpopular previous boss?

Glenn Murray Brighton

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Glenn Murray of Brighton & Hove Albion signals during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at American Express Community Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Things aren’t looking particularly good for Brighton either.

Just like their opponents, 2019 has been miserable for them.

Unlike Leicester though, they’re loving life in the FA Cup.

They’re into the quarter-finals and will take on Millwall at the Den next month.

However, those 3 FA Cup wins are their only wins of the calendar year.

In their last league game 17 days ago, they were beaten 3-1 at home by relegation rivals Burnley so have amassed just 2 points since 29 December.

This means they’ve sank down to 16th, just 3 point above the drop zone.

Their away record is terrible but now would be a good time to improve it.

Leicester City team news vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Jamie Vardy

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 01: Jamie Vardy of Leicester City celebrates with teammate James Maddison after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Watford FC at The King Power Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

After such an abysmal performance on Saturday, it’ll be interesting to see how many changes Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler makes.

It’s always hard to predict an XI after a manager is sacked but it’s not likely to be too many.

Despite his side’s poor form, only 5 goalkeepers have kept more Premier League clean sheet than Kasper Schmeichel.

In defence, Jonny Evans and Harry Maguire are very much the established centre-back pairing.

At left-back Ben Chilwell missed the weekend’s game with a knock but should be fit enough to come back in for Christian Fuchs.

In midfield, Monaco loanee Youri Tielemans has shown his quality since joining in January.

Harvey Barnes was recalled from a loan spell at West Brom last month and too has made himself indispensable with some bright performances.

On the other side, Demarai Gray is likely to come in for Rachid Ghezzal.

Up front, James Maddison in behind Jamie Vardy was such a lethal partnership earlier on this season.

Less so recently.

Can they, and the rest of the team, find some form from somewhere and get a much needed victory?

Brighton & Hove Albion team news vs Leicester City

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BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 27: Glenn Murray of Brighton and Hove Albion celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers at American Express Community Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

As for Brighton, after 10 days off, they should be fresh and raring to go.

Goalkeeper Mathew Ryan will come back in after David Button started in the FA Cup tie against Derby.

In fact, 6 changes are expected from that win.

In defence, full-backs Bruno and Bernardo are expected to drop out.

Regulars Martín Montoya and Gaëtan Bong will come back in.

Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk will continue at centre-back.

Duffy has made more headed clearances (107) than anybody else in the league.

Teenager Leo Skiri Østigård, who joined from Molde in January, will once again be on the bench awaiting his debut.

In midfield, Yves Bissouma caught the eye against Derby so is likely to retain his place.

Pascal Groß and Davy Pröpper will come in for Dale Stephens and Beram Kayal.

Further forward, Anthony Knockaert’s goal in the FA Cup should earn him a first league start in 2019.

He, and Jürgen Locadia, will be looking to support Glenn Murray.

Amazingly, as well as scoring 10 Premier League goals this season, Murray has committed considerably more fouls than anybody else (57).

That’s 14 more than the next most.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh will drop to the bench where he’ll find José Izquierdo and Florin Andone.

Will this side leave Leicester with a point or even all 3?

Predicted Leicester City team vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Predicted Leicester City line-up vs Brighton & Hove Albion.

Predicted Brighton & Hove Albion team vs Leicester City

Predicted Brighton & Hove Albion line-up vs Leicester City.

The latest tweets from Leicester pre Brighton & Hove Albion

The latest tweets from Brighton & Hove Albion pre Leicester

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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