Sunday 12th February. 4PM. Sky Sports 1
Super Sunday comes live from the Liberty Stadium, and it’s a massive clash at the bottom as Leicester visit Swansea.
With both clubs hovering around the relegation zone on 21 points, three points this weekend could be huge for their respective survival bids. On the other hand, a loss could spell the beginning of disaster.
Who should you be backing to win this crucial battle at the bottom. Here’s all you need to know.
Improving Swans On Track For Survival
While replacing Francesco Guidolin with Bob Bradley didn’t exactly go to plan, the arrival Paul Clement has brought a burst of positive energy to the Welsh club. In fact, the Swans are now on a run of three wins from five Premier League outings.
Swansea’s overall home form has hardly been great, with the hosts registering just three wins from 12 on home turf. However, a return of 16 goals will give them cause for confidence, as will the form of attacking stars Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente.
Clement has added well in January too with Luciano Narsingh boasting bags of speed and potential. Perhaps most impressively, though, Swansea’s nine points from a possible 15 have arrived in spite of the fact they’ve played Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, and Southampton in that period. They’ll have absolutely nothing to fear against the Foxes.
That could make the Swans a very dangerous proposition. If they do grab an important win, the great escape will look more likely than ever.
Champions Facing Disaster
Twelve months is a very long time in football. Last year, Leicester City were en route to defying all the odds to score the most unlikely title win ever. Fast-forward to February 2017, and Claudio Ranieri’s men could potentially end the weekend in the bottom three.
The Foxes are now five league matches without a win, and are still searching for a first away win of the entire season. A return of three points, eight goals, and 25 conceded simply isn’t good enough on their behalf. If it doesn’t improve between now and May, relegation could be a real possibility.
Playing 120 minutes against Derby on Wednesday is hardly ideal preparation for Ranieri’s side either, even if they did rotate heavily. The visitors have won each of the last four head-to-head encounters against Swansea, though, and that source of optimism could have a huge impact.
While they haven’t recaptured the form of last year, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez are still capable of producing moment of magic. These are worrying times for the champions, but a win here would go a long way to allaying those fears. Whatever happens, it should be an intense contest from the first whistle to the last.
Swansea City v Leicester City Betting
They might be the reigning champions, but Leicester City are the pre-game underdogs ahead of their trip to Wales and are priced 9/4 for the win with Bet365. Swansea, meanwhile, are available at 7/5; the draw is 23/10.
Leicester’s demise has been almost as incredible to watch as their title win and, while they do look capable at the King Power, it’s hard to see where an away win will ever come from.
The Foxes are lacking quality and confidence. As soon as they fall behind, it feels like there is no way back. In stark contrast, Swansea are in their best moment of the season. We’re backing that to show once more.
Swansea do have a number of potential goalscorers, but Llorente looks the most likely. The Spaniard scored big goals at Anfield, and has also punished poor teams like Sunderland and Palace when they’ve visited Wales.
Can he shake off his minor injury to do the same against struggling Leicester. At odds of 2/1, it’s well worth a punt.