Even the ‘most competitive league in Europe’ must reach a crux point and the Championship table at the end of this weekend will give a real reflection of the haves and have nots.
Two teams looking to be in the ‘have’ column will largely determine their fates when seventh-placed Leicester host third-placed Watford in Friday night’s feature game.
While the Foxes have slipped out of the promotion hunt with a poor run of two wins in 14 that has seen them slip from the second automatic spot to outside the play-offs since February, they still have a fine home record.
Their spot at the top table was briefly taken by the Hornets, who sat second as recently as early March, but one win in their past five has left Gianfranco Zola’s side solidly ensconced in third.
With just two games to go, victory is vital for both teams and Nigel Pearson’s men are strong favourites at evens in bwin’s 3Way betting market, with an away win 5/2 and the draw 12/5.
Leicester arrive as clear favourites thanks to 13 wins and 45 goals on their own patch this term, and the Foxes are 67/100 to open the scoring.
Equally impressive is Leicester’s defensive record that saw them keep six clean sheets in their first seven home games, although they have conceded two in each of their last three outings at the King Power Stadium.
A high-scoring game seems even more likely against the Championship’s top scorers, and with Watford averaging two goals per game, 53/100 for both teams to score is almost a sure thing.
Strikes from Almen Abdi and Fernando Forestieri earned Zola’s team a 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture back in November and new customers using the free £20 bet they receive when registering with bwin would win £160 if Watford pulled off a repeat result.
The Hornets are chasing a fourth win in a row in this fixture, but I’m backing Leicester’s home form to see them claim all three points and reclaim a play-off spot in a game of over 3.5 goals at 4/1.