Kick-off: 1915, 13/12/2020
Stadium: King Power Stadium
TV: Amazon Prime
Jamie Vardy’s late winner at Sheffield United kept Leicester hot on the heels of the Premier League’s leading pack and they will hope to follow that up with victory on home soil.
The Foxes have been more impressive on their travels than at the King Power Stadium this season, with three of their four defeats coming at home.
They have collected more than twice as many points as the Seagulls though and are unbeaten in six meetings with Albion since they won promotion to the Premier League, winning four of them, so a home win at evens is our opening Leicester vs Brighton prediction.
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Leicester got back to winning ways when Vardy’s goal at Bramall Lane secured a first victory in five games in all competitions and a first in three Premier League matches.
Ayoze Perez’s opener had been cancelled out by Oli McBurnie but Vardy struck in the 90th minute to ensure the Foxes start the weekend just three points behind leaders Tottenham.
The goal was also a sweet one for backers of our betting tips, ensuring a clean sweep including a correct score prediction at 8/1.
The late winner was no less than the Foxes deserved, having dominated possession at Bramall Lane, particularly in the first half when both Vardy and James Maddison struck the same post.
Boss Brendan Rodgers said: “I thought it was very much deserved. We hit the post twice and created other chances and our combination play was good, while defending very well.
“We just need that final pass and it came late in the game and wins us the match, and Jamie Vardy is one of the best in Europe in that position.”
A strong finish is nothing new for Leicester, who have scored the most goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season with nine – one more than Manchester United.
With that in mind, let’s back the Foxes to again score the most goals in that period at 5/2 in the Leicester vs Brighton odds.
Last Leicester EPL line-up: Schmeichel, Justin, Fofana, Evans, Fuchs, Tielemans, Maddison, Albrighton, Mendy, Vardy, Perez.
Leicester midfielder James Maddison (knee) is expected to make the squad.
Timothy Castagne (hamstring) and Daniel Amartey (thigh) are close to a return but fellow defenders Caglar Soyuncu and Ricardo Pereira (groin) are sidelined.
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Brighton were again left feeling sorry for themselves as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at home to Southampton last weekend.
Brighton took the lead through a Pascal Gross penalty but Jan Vestergaard headed in an equaliser and Danny Ings then converted a controversial penalty to condemn Albion to their fifth defeat of the campaign.
As is often the case, there was plenty to like about the performance at least and it was the ninth time in 11 matches that there have been goals at both ends in a Brighton match this season.
“We started quite well but I don’t want to take anything away from Southampton,” Gross told the club website. “We deserved the lead but there are small margins that need to go your way in the Premier League.
“We had chances to get a better result and that’s the next step we have to take, we have to continue to make those chances and we have to convert more of them.”
Brighton are missing a striker in the same class as Vardy and we expect that to be the main difference between the teams, so let’s go for a home win and both teams to score at 14/5 as our final Leicester vs Brighton prediction.
Last Brighton line-up: Ryan, White, Webster, Dunk, Veltman, Bissouma, Gross, March, Connolly, Maupay, Welbeck.
Brighton will again be without playmaker Adam Lallana (groin). Midfielders Davy Propper and Alexis Mac Allister have joined in with full training again this week.
Last Premier League result:
Sheff Utd 1-2 LEICESTER – Ayoze Perez, Jamie Vardy
BRIGHTON 1-2 Southampton – Pascal Gross (pen)
Head-to-head: Leicester 0-0 Brighton, Brighton 0-2 Leicester, Leicester 2-1 Brighton, Brighton 1-1 Leicester, Brighton 0-2 Leicester, Leicester 2-0 Brighton
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