For the second season running, Bristol City have made a dismal start in the Championship, intensifying the pressure on under-fire boss Keith Millen. His side currently prop up the division with no points, just one goal scored and six in the goals conceded column.
The Robins travel to King Power Stadium on the back of crushing defeats at the hands of Ipswich and Cardiff. They were sunk 3-0 at home by the Tractor Boys on the opening day of the season and lost 3-1 in the Welsh capital on Sunday, with all three of the Bluebirds’ goals coming in an 18-minute spell during the first half.
Some of the defending in both matches bordered on the comical and Leicester will be keen to capitalise on these defensive frailties. Sven Goran-Eriksson’s men are rated as the 9/20 favourites in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with the draw at 17/5 and City rated as 5/1 outsiders.
With the Foxes not representing great value at those odds, perhaps the smart money will be on them following Cardiff’s lead by catching City cold. A price of 6/5 on the home side to be winning at half-time and full-time looks to be the best route to take on this front, while the hosts are at 22/25 to be in front at the interval.
Punters using their free £25 bet for joining bwin.com on the former outcome will be guaranteed a return of £55 if the result comes in. The two sides previously met at the King Power Stadium in February and, interestingly, the Foxes were also ahead at half-time on that occasion before completing a 2-1 victory. Another option would be to back more than 1.5 goals in the first 45 minutes, which is also available at 6/5.
Big-spending Leicester kicked off their season with a 1-0 win away to Coventry followed up by a 4-1 success in the Carling Cup against Rotherham. However, the wind was knocked out of their sails with a surprise 2-0 home league defeat against Reading last Saturday.
Eriksson’s men, who are bwin’s 5/1 second favourites to top the second tier of English football, will be desperate to prove that the Reading result was just a blip. They bagged 48 goals at home last season, more than any other side in the Championship, and striker David Nugent, one of nine acquisitions over the summer, could help repeat a similar haul.
Punters who expect Leicester to have no problem breaking through the shaky Robins rearguard could also bet on them to win by at least two goals at a tempting price of 23/20.
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