Preview - Leicester vs Swansea Feb 3

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Match Day 26
Leicester City vs. Swansea City
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
23:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: King Power Stadium

Leicester City:
Last five matches form: L W D W L
Average goals per match: 1.5
Average goals against per match: 1.4
Top Scorer: Jamie Vardy (11)

Swansea City:
Last five matches form: W W D L W
Average goals per match: 0.7
Average goals against per match: 1.4
Top Scorer: Jordan Ayew (5)

The new manager affect is a much discussed topic when it comes to football, with the pro's and cons of replacing the man at the top a polarising issue. In the case of Leicester City and Swansea City though, the fresh impetus and ideas brought in by a new boss certainly seems to have had a galvanising effect. The pair clash this weekend at the King Power Stadium in what looks set to be an entertaining encounter.

Following the departure of Craig Shakespeare, Leicester have become a resurgent force under Claude Puel, winning six of their last twelve in the league to propel themselves 11 points clear of the relegation zone. Their main attribute remains their attacking prowess, with the likes of Jamie Vardy making them a thrilling side to watch on the counter at times.

Having looked something of a lost cause when plummeting towards the foot of the table under Paul Clement, hope now seems to spring eternal for Swansea since the appointment of Carlos Carvalhal. Victories over both Liverpool and Arsenal in recent weeks are results which would scarcely have seemed credible only a month ago, and they will head to Leicester with their tails up. With Andre Ayew joining Wilfried Bony in returning to Swansea, and his brother Jordan Ayew hitting form, we would certainly expect the Swans to improve on their average of 0.7 goals per game in the remainder of the campaign.

Sitting pretty in eighth, Leicester City are the better side on paper and will be expecting to win this. They may however be a little unsettled by the absence of Riyad Mahrez following the will he/wont he saga of his proposed switch to Manchester City. Swansea are improving and seem to possess a genuine togetherness and we can see them battling to a point.

Prediction: Leicester City 2-2 Swansea City


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 13 - 3
Shots on target: 5 - 1
Corner Kicks: 3 -3
Possession: 60% - 40%

Fousseni Diabate was booked for Leicester City in just the third minute here, but referee Anthony Taylor kept his cards in his pockets for the remainder of the game.
A classic smash and grab raid from Swansea City here, with the Swans netting with their only shot on target in the game. Having dominated possession and comfortably won the shot count, Leicester can count themselves a little unfortunate not to take all three points.
Leicester's two-pronged attack didn't take long to make an impact in this game as Kelechi Iheanacho played through Jamie Vardy to finish expertly. At that point it looked like potentially being a long afternoon for Swansea.
It didn't quite turn out that way though, as whilst Swansea struggled to create much, they held firm to keep Leicester at bay. If Swansea were to get back into the game, it always looked as though a set piece would be the most likely route to goal. Sure enough it was a corner which brought the equaliser as Federico Fernandez made the ball his to head home in the 53rd minute.
Every point can make a big difference in the final reckoning, and this draw was enough to lift Swansea outside of the bottom three, albeit only on goal difference. This was however yet another positive result under new boss Carlos Carvalhal, and they now look to have genuine prospects of clambering out of trouble.
For Leicester this was another solid performance, despite the disappointing result and they continue to look well placed for the remainder of the campaign. They could do with Riyad Mahrez returning sooner rather than later though, as his creativity was a miss here.

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