After the joy of beating Premier League opposition in the FA Cup last weekend, Leicester City will be in buoyant mood as they return to Championship action against Derby County this evening.
Despite making four changes to his starting line-up, Nigel Pearson was able to watch his side deservedly beat an admittedly under-strength Norwich City and erase the pain of their 3-2 defeat by Watford just days earlier.
In contrast, while Saturday’s opponents were celebrating in the FA Cup, Derby were suffering at the hands of Southampton, where a 4-0 defeat saw the Rams’ run without a win stretch to six games.
Not so long ago Nigel Clough’s side looked like good outside bets for a play-off place come May, but their recent form has seen them slip into the bottom half of the table.
Derby’s poor form is reflected in the 3Way football betting market, where they are priced at 12/5 to win in front of their own fans. Leicester are installed as favourites by bwin at 11/10 and the draw is at 11/5.
Perhaps most worrying for Clough during this downturn in results is that his side have failed to score in four of their last five games and have only managed a total of 33 goals all season long. You can find odds of 8/5 on County adding to their goalless run against Leicester.
Longer odds of 17/2 can be found on Pearson’s side to claim a 2-0 victory, which is good value considering City have scored twice in six of their last seven matches.
To make matters worse for Derby, they have lost the last three encounters with Leicester and failed to score in the process.
The last of those meetings took place at the King Power Stadium in October when the Foxes ran rampant in a 4-0 win and with six goals in their previous three games, you would not put it past Leicester to come away from Pride Park with a similar scoreline.
With goals so hard to come by for the home side, Leicester winning and keeping a clean sheet certainly looks a decent proposition at 12/5. Longer odds of 17/2 can be found on Pearson’s side to claim a 2-0 victory, which is good value considering City have scored twice in six of their last seven matches.
Although a comfortable away win looks on the cards, expect Derby to still be in the game at the interval. Leicester have been drawing at the halfway stage of nine out of 16 of their away games in the Championship, so 9/2 on the Foxes to grab the win after drawing at half-time looks like a sensible way to go.
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