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Fulham vs Leicester City betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions, team news and odds

Fulham vs Leicester City odds and betting statistics



Fulham vs Leicester City match preview

Can Leicester City claim a vital three points in their battle against the drop?

A week ago, the Foxes could only managed a 2-2 draw with fellow-strugglers Everton at the King Power.

Goals from Çağlar Söyüncü and Jamie Vardy saw Leicester come from behind to lead 2-1 after half an hour.

James Maddison then squandered an opportunity to make it 3-1, putting his penalty down the middle but seeing it saved, with Everton pinching a point in the second period.

Dean Smith’s team are now unbeaten in three, following a vital victory over Wolves and a 1-1 draw with Leeds.

Nevertheless, having won only one of their last 12, Leicester remain 16th, above Leeds and Nottingham Forest by virtue of goal difference alone.

Given the difficulty of those next two fixtures in particular, this feels simply must win.

Most would’ve expected Fulham to be right in the relegation dog fight themselves, but they kick off in tenth, a whopping 15 points better off than their visitors.

The Cottagers do come into this one following three successive defeats, including being beaten 2-1 by Man City last weekend and then 1-0 by Liverpool on Wednesday.

The only goal in mid-week came from the penalty spot, with Issa Diop penalised for a very inauspicious foul that inexplicably wasn’t overturned by VAR.

So, despite only winning two of their last ten, losing seven of them, the Whites remain on course for a first top ten finish since 2012, likely to finish above rivals Chelsea for the first time in 40 years.

Fulham won the reverse fixture 1-0 in January, so have lost just three of 14 meetings with Leicester this century.

Can the away side claim a priceless victory at Craven Cottage?

Fulham team news

Aleksandar Mitrović is almost back, with this the final match of his eight-game ban; he’ll return in Southampton on Saturday.

In less good news, Tim Ream and Andreas Pereira suffered season-ending injuries last weekend, meaning Issa Diop and Tom Cairney will deputise.

Willian missed the defeat to Man City but was back out-wide on Wednesday, supporting Carlos Vinícius.

Defensive midfielder João Palhinha has been shown 12 yellow cards so far, the joint-most of any player.

The single-season Premier League record is 14, jointly held by six players: Étienne Capoue (18/19), José Holebas (16/17) and Lee Cattermole (14/15), Cheick Tioté (10/11), Robbie Savage (01/02) and Mark Hughes (98/99).

Predicted XI: (4-2-3-1): Leno; Tete, Adarabioyo, Diop, Robinson; Palhinha, Reed, Wilson, Cairney, Willian; Vinícius.

Leicester City team news

Centre-back Çağlar Söyüncü will start a fifth match in a row, despite featuring for only 259 minutes all season before Dean Smith’s arrival.

Similarly, Jamie Vardy has scored in back-to-back games, after only netting once in his previous 31 Premier League outings in this campaign.

Daniel Iverson will be hoping for another solid performance, after pulling off six saves, registering a post-shot xG figure of 3.4, last Monday night.

Smith could name an unchanged line-up from the draw with Everton, although Victor Kristiansen is hopeful of returning at left-back.

Talisman James Maddison would miss Leicester next two games, Liverpool (H) and Newcastle (A), if booked here, which would be a gargantuan blow to their survival hopes.

Predicted XI (4-5-1): Iversen; Castagne, Faes, Söyüncü, Kristiansen; Ndidi, Soumaré, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy.

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Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".

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