Sunday 24th April. 4:15PM. Sky Sports 1
It might be FA Cup semi-final weekend, but all eyes will be cast towards the King Power on Sunday as Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester look to take another huge step towards what would be the most magical achievement of the Premier League era.
Dropped points against West Ham have thrown a spanner into the works, though, and Swansea will be eager to pick up a memorable victory against the Foxes. It has the makings of an intriguing battle and we can hardly wait to see how things pan out.
Bring it on!
No Vardy, No Party?
If seeing the lead slip to five points wasn’t bad enough last weekend, the league leaders will now have to deal with the suspension of top scorer Jamie Vardy. The England man’s heroic season has been the latest chapter in a story good enough for Hollywood, but last week’s dive was a low point that will now force Ranieri into shuffling the pack.
The former Tinkerman has found great joy through consistency this term, and overcoming the absence of their top scorer will be an issue. However, the firepower of Riyad Mahrez, Leonardo Ulloa and Shinji Okazaki will be confident against an away side that’s leaked 27 on the road.
After all, the Foxes have lost just once at the King Power all season and showed great resilience to clinch a point with 10 men against the Hammers last weekend. If the defensive unit of Kasper Schmeichel, Wes Morgan and co stay strong, they could be in for a sixth clean sheet in seven too.
Harder challenges await, so the hosts will know that this is a must win fixture. If they perform to their potential, then they should claim the three points in style.
Swans To Cause A Twist?
It certainly hasn’t been the smoothest of seasons at the Liberty Stadium, but the Welshmen will be staying up and Franscesco Guidolin’s can enter this game with a sense of freedom. Having said that, the Swans will want a much better performance than what they showed in the 3-0 loss to Newcastle last week.
The visitors have won just three times away from Wales, conceding eight in their last three away trips alone. Tightening things up at the back will be a priority, and it wouldn’t be at all surprising if the Swans opt to hand possession to the league leaders with hope of frustrating.
Despite their poor away form, the Jacks do possess a number of talented attacking players that could spring a surprise. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andre Ayew can be particularly dangerous on their day. If the visitors are on form, it could be a real test of character for Leicester.
Whatever happens, it will be a fascinating fixture that we won’t be able to take our eyes off. With a little luck, we’ll be landing some lovely winning bets too.
Leicester City v Swansea City Betting
The pressure is on Leicester, but the bookmakers believe that the Foxes will handle it. Bet365 have priced the hosts 8/11 for the win while the draw can be backed at 14/5. Alternatively, the Swans are available at 9/2 if you fancy them to cause an upset.
For long spells, Leicester have thrived on counter attacking. However, with Swansea having no need to attack, they might need to alter their tactics just a little in this one.
We’ve seen them struggle to break sides down in similar situations, and they might need to be a little patient here. However, we think the crowd could play a vital role here and do expect the Foxes to eventually get their goal.
Vardy’s absence will make things slightly more difficult for Ranieri’s men, but this is still a squad with talented and confident stars. Not least in the form of Mahrez.
The Leicester playmaker has enjoyed a phenomenal season, and this is a fantastic chance for him to underline those sentiments. We’re backing him to land the Man of the Match award here before picking up the PFA Player of the Year trophy later that night.