Leicester are bidding to make it two pre-season friendly wins in a row when they take on Bursaspor in Austria this evening.
The Foxes are looking to build on a 4-1 victory over Vasalunds, which they secured in the final game of a mini-tour to Sweden, as they continue their preparations for the start of the Championship season.
However, Bursaspor are likely to offer stiffer competition than that provided by their previous opponents, meaning the scoreline is unlikely to be so comprehensive.
While Vasalunds ply their trade in Sweden’s Division One Norra, which is the equivalent of League One in England, Turkish side Bursaspor play in their country’s top division.
Not only that, but Bursaspor finished last season’s Turkish Super Lig in third, marking them out as significantly superior opposition.
According to bwin’s 3Way football betting market, the match is likely to be a close-run thing, with Leicester the slight favourites to edge the tie.
Odds on Leicester success are 29/20, with a Bursaspor victory priced at 31/20 and a draw at 9/4.
The Foxes’ summer recruitment drive, spearheaded by manager Sven Goran-Eriksson, has marked them out as serious challengers for the Championship title this season.
Second-favourites to go up as champions following the arrivals of big-money transfers including Paul Konchesky, Sean St Ledger, Kasper Schmeichel and Matt Mills, their pre-season form – which also includes a 1-1 draw with Malaga – suggests Eriksson will be able to quickly gel a successful team out of his new recruits.
With this in mind, the best bet could be on Leicester to continue building momentum and secure a win against Bursaspor.
A successful £25 free bet on Leicester to beat Bursaspor, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £61.25.
However, with defensive solidity being one of Bursaspor’s main attributes last season – they conceded the second-fewest number of goals in the league – it could be that the match is a low-scoring affair.
As a result, a bet on there being under 2.5 goals scored in the match at odds of 22/25 could also reap dividends.
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