Preview - Leicester City vs Bournemouth March 03 2018

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Match Day 29
Leicester City vs. Bournemouth
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
23:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: King Power Stadium

Leicester City:
Last five matches form: W L D L D
Average goals per match: 1.4
Average goals against per match: 1.5
Top Scorer: Jamie Vardy (13)

Bournemouth:
Last five matches form: D W W L D
Average goals per match: 1.2
Average goals against per match: 1.5
Top Scorer: Callum Wilson (7)

Eighth meets eleventh at the King Power this coming Saturday with both Leicester City and Bournemouth having few injury concerns. Looking at the recent form of the two sides, this may prove to be an entertaining affair.
Leicester City can certainly relax and play their football as their current points total of 36 puts them well clear of the relegation dogfight, and Claude Puel's men should really be looking up rather than down.
Things are not quite so secure for Eddie Howe's men but a run of eight points from their past five games nevertheless puts the Cherries five points clear of the bottom three and looking highly likely to maintain their Premier League status for another year.
Bournemouth's games have certainly featured plenty of goals lately, but not always at the right end. Beaten 4-1 against Huddersfield in their last away outing, there were again worrying signs at the back against Newcastle at home last weekend. Much of the talk in the aftermath of that game surrounded The Cherries excellent comeback from 2-0 down, but had Newcastle not squandered a number of chances, Bournemouth's late strikes would have been no more than consolation goals.
We expect both sides to find the score sheet here, with Leicester City led by Riyad Mahrez - who looked much more like his old self last time out - to come out on top.
Prediction: Leicester City 3-1 Bournemouth

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  21 - 9
Shots on target: 4 - 3
Corner Kicks:  13 - 1
Possession: 56% - 44%

Adrien Silva and Harry Maguire were booked for the home side with last weeks goal scorer Dan Gosling seeing yellow for Bournemouth.

Leicester would have been most hard done by had they come away with nothing here, having bossed possession and won the shot count by a resounding 21-9. They very nearly did lose it though, only salvaging a point with a late…late equaliser.

Bournemouth certainly came to play at the King Power, showing a notable attacking intent from the off. Junior Stanislas and Joshua King both causing problems and registering attempts on goal.

Leicester were themselves looking dangerous though as Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez both failed to make the most of decent opportunities. The home side were just about getting on top when the defining moment of the opening period came.

Continuing to be a nuisance, King was brought down in the box by Marcus Albrighton and referee Lee Probert duly awarded a spot kick to the visitors. Back on his feet it was King himself who slotted past Kasper Schmeichel to give the visitors the lead in the 35th minute. 0-1 at the break.

The second half was pretty much all Leicester City as they desperately sought a way back into this match, with Bournemouth only offering a sporadic threat on the counter. Despite a number of good chances though, Bournemouth kept their lead intact….until the 97th man.

In the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately, it was Riyad Mahrez who saved the day. Handed a free kick ion a dangerous position, the Algerian found the bottom corner to break Bournemouth hearts.

Both of these sides look pretty safe in mid table with Leicester City sitting eighth and Bournemouth eleventh.

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