Kick-off: 1400, 31/01/2021
Stadium: King Power Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Leeds have been great to watch in the Premier League this season, but their high-pressing style of play is tailor-made for Leicester to counter-attack.
Even without injured striker Jamie Vardy, the Foxes have pace all over the pitch and are fancied to carve open United on the break, as they did in a 4-1 win at Elland Road.
We’re happy to take 5/6 for City to prevail as our first Leicester vs Leeds prediction.
A Look At Leicester City’s Betting Odds
Leicester’s run of five straight wins in all competitions was halted by Everton, but they again impressed in that 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.
James Rodriguez put the Toffees ahead against the run of play after half an hour, but Youri Tielemans levelled things up on 67 minutes.
Jordan Pickford should have done better with that effort, but he did make several good saves as the Foxes piled on the pressure, having 65 per cent of possession and 19 attempts on goal.
Brendan Rodgers said: “There is probably no-one in the world who offers that penetration of the last line which Jamie Vardy does, so we have to play in a different way and I thought we did that.
“We showed that courage to keep playing, getting on the ball and keep attacking the game, while restricting Everton to hardly any opportunities.”
City beat Southampton and Chelsea in fine style in their last couple of home games and look worth sticking with.
Looking at the Leicester vs Leeds odds, we like 29/20 for the Foxes to be a threat going forward throughout this contest and score in both halves.
Last Leicester line-up: Schmeichel, Justin, Fofana, Evans, Castagne, Tielemans, Maddison, Albrighton, Barnes, Ndidi, Perez.
A Look At Leeds United’s Betting Odds
Leeds seemed to benefit from a 10-day break when ending a run of three straight defeats by winning 2-1 at Newcastle.
Miguel Almiron cancelled out Raphinha’s sweetly-struck opener, but Jack Harrison’s fine strike four minutes later proved decisive.
Marcelo Bielsa was delighted with the victory, stating: “It was very important for us to win.
“The majority of teams go on runs similar to the one we have had – and some longer and more difficult. The quicker you get out of one of these runs, the better.”
However, Leeds once again looked vulnerable from set-pieces, with Magpies skipper Jamaal Lascelles going close three times from corners.
“There wasn’t an improvement on this,” admitted Bielsa. “Because they didn’t score, it doesn’t mean that we are defending them better.”
Jonny Evans has always been capable of popping up with the odd goal from such situations, so 12/1 for him to score at any time is worth a speculative punt in our Leicester vs Leeds betting tips.
Last Leeds line-up: Meslier, Ayling, Cooper, Llorente, Alioski, Dallas, Harrison, Phillips, Bamford, Raphinha, Rodrigo.
Everton 1-1 LEICESTER – Youri Tielemans
Newcastle 1-2 LEEDS – Raphinha, Jack Harrison
Head-to-head: Leeds 1-4 Leicester, Leicester 3-1 Leeds
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