Kick-off: 1500, 31/08/2019
Stadium: King Power Stadium
Leicester and Bournemouth will both be relatively content with how they have started the new Premier League campaign and there may not be much between these teams.
Home advantage proved decisive in each meeting last term, but five of their six previous encounters ended in stalemate and another tight tussle could be on the cards.
Punters can get 3/1 for a draw at King Power Stadium and that is our opening Leicester vs Bournemouth prediction.
A Look At Leicester City’s Betting Odds
Leicester followed up decent draws against Wolves and Chelsea by securing a 2-1 success at Sheffield United, thanks to clinical strikes from Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes.
“It was a great win for us,” declared Brendan Rodgers. “Over the last couple of years, they’ve had great momentum here Sheffield United.
“It was a performance with good resilience. We showed good quality, but you’ve also got to show your mentality here.”
James Maddison will have impressed watching England boss Gareth Southgate by setting up Vardy’s opener and the midfielder netted in Wednesday’s EFL Cup tie at Newcastle, where the Foxes won on penalties.
“He’s at a really high level this early in the season is James,” added Rodgers. “He’s a player of quality and I’m sure Gareth will have been having a good look at him.”
Looking at the Leicester vs Bournemouth odds, we reckon 6/1 for Maddison to break the deadlock is a value pick.
Last Leicester EPL line-up: Schmeichel, Soyuncu, Evans, Pereira, Fuchs, Tielemans, Maddison, Choudhury, Praet, Vardy, Perez.
A Look At Bournemouth’s Betting Odds
Bournemouth also progressed via spot-kicks in midweek after failing to capitalise on numerous chances versus League Two Forest Green in normal time.
However, the Cherries have managed to hit the target in three straight Premier League fixtures and are playing some good football.
Eddie Howe’s side followed up a 1-1 draw with Sheffield United by winning 2-1 at Aston Villa and played their part in an entertaining encounter when beaten 3-1 by Manchester City.
Reflecting on last Sunday’s game, Howe said: “We did have our chances. Compare this game to our previous encounters against City, I think that’s the most we’ve created by a long way.
“I thought we were a constant menace to them. The lads left everything on the pitch, which is all I can ask of them. We’re frustrated to lose, of course, but a lot of positives to take.”
Josh King has scored in two of the last three games against the Foxes and 9/4 for him to net at anytime is worth adding to our Leicester vs Bournemouth betting tips.
Last Bournemouth EPL line-up: Ramsdale, Cook, Ake, Daniels, Smith, Mepham, Lerma, Fraser, Billing, King, Wilson.
Newcastle 1-1 LEICESTER (2-4 on pens) – James Maddison
BOURNEMOUTH 0-0 Forest Green (3-0 on pens)
Head-to-head: Leicester 2-0 Bournemouth, Bournemouth 4-2 Leicester, Leicester 1-1 Bournemouth, Bournemouth 0-0 Leicester
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