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Leicester vs Bournemouth betting tips: Premier League preview & prediction

Leicester vs Bournemouth prediction: Leicester 2-1 Bournemouth

Both Leicester and Bournemouth won their Carabao Cup games on Wednesday night but will go up against each other this weekend.

The former saw off fellow Premier League team Newcastle on penalties, after drawing the game 1-1.

The Foxes have also started the league season decently, despite only having one win on the board.

Brendan Rodgers’ side dominated Wolves on the opening weekend but were unable to make their dominance count.

They then impressed against Chelsea, before securing their first win against Sheffield United.

Meanwhile, Bournemouth were less than impressive in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

The Cherries needed penalties to beat Forest Green and fielded a pretty strong team with all things considered.

In the league, Eddie Howe’s side have only picked up one win in their first three, much like their counterparts this weekend.

Leicester vs Bournemouth: What are the odds?

Leicester vs Bournemouth: Who will win?

After their midweek showing and recent league performances, Leicester go into this game as pretty heavy favourites.

The Foxes are currently priced at 4/6 to win the game.

Meanwhile, after their lacklustre performance in the Carabao Cup, Bournemouth go into this clash as the underdogs.

Their struggle in besting Forest Green certainly wouldn’t have helped and the bookies are not very confident they’ll win this weekend.

As a result, they’re priced at 4/1 for the win.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 18: Hamza Choudhury of Leicester City is challenged by Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on August 18, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

A 2-1 scoreline and Leicester win, as we predict, is currently priced at 8/1.

Both teams to score is currently priced at 8/13 but considering Bournemouth are yet to keep a Premier League clean sheet this season and Leicester only have one, it could still be worth it.

Considering they’re heavy favourites to win the game, it’ll come as no surprise that Leicester dominate the goalscorer market.

Jamie Vardy is currently the favourite to score first at 3/1, followed by Kelechi Iheanacho at odds of 5/1.

Bournemouth’s most likely player to score first according to the bookies is Callum Wilson, who is priced at 7/1.

After his incredible free-kick against Manchester City, Harry Wilson is an attractive choice for first goalscorer at odds of 11/1.

Leicester vs Bournemouth match preview

It’s certainly not been a disappointing start to the season for Leicester.

Despite only having five points on the board, Brendan Rodgers’ side have shown a lot of potential in the few games they’ve played.

The way they controlled the game against Wolves on the opening weekend was fantastic, but their killer touch wasn’t quite there.

They also impressed in the second half of the game against Chelsea and arguably should have come away with all three points, with James Maddison missing a glorious chance.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 18: Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City scores his side’s equalising goal to make the score 1-1 during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on August 18, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)

While their performance against Sheffield United wasn’t the most exciting, Leicester went on to dominate Newcastle in their own back yard, but again failing to kill their opposition off before the game went to penalties.

If the Foxes can produce another dominant performance, they should create plenty of chances against a defensively poor Bournemouth.

Can the Cherries bounce back from their defeat against Man City?

On paper, Bournemouth haven’t actually started the season that badly.

So far the Cherries have a total of four points, leaving them in 11th place in the table.

They started with a win over Aston Villa on the opening weekend, before drawing with Sheffield United after an 88th minute Billy Sharp goal.

Following that, they put in an amicable performance against Manchester City last weekend, creating plenty of chances with little of the ball.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – AUGUST 25: David Silva of Manchester City falls inside the box after a tackle by Steve Cook of AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Manchester City at Vitality Stadium on August 25, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

However, it was their performance on Wednesday night which will have alarm bells ringing before the weekend.

Despite having key players such as Harry Wilson, Callum Wilson, Dominic Solanke and Jordan Ibe, Forest Green took them to penalties.

What won’t help their confidence ahead of this weekend either is the fact they have yet to keep a Premier League clean sheet.

With those things in mind, you can see why the bookies have Leicester down as the heavy favourite.

 

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Leicester team news vs Bournemouth

The big worry for Leicester is still Ben Chilwell.

The left-back has been out for a couple of weeks now with an injury and was not available for the midweek clash with Newcastle.

Though, Brendan Rodgers recently admitted the player is “more than likely to be available” for the Bournemouth clash.

Wilfred Ndidi missed the Newcastle game due to a hamstring injury, but Rodgers will be hoping he can return this weekend.

Bournemouth team news vs Leicester

Bournemouth have a long list of players out with injury at the moment.

David Brooks, Dan Gosling, Lewis Cook, Junior Stanislas and Simon Francis have all been unavailable recently.

That list got longer last weekend too when Charlie Daniels had to be substituted with a serious-looking injury.

It looks very unlikely he will be available for this weekend.

Predicted Leicester XI vs Bournemouth

Bournemouth predicted XI vs Leicester

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

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