December 16, 2016
Premier League, Stoke Vs. Leicester City: Preview, Prediction, Probable Lineups, And Betting Tips

Match Preview

Defending champions Leicester City will travel to face Stoke on Saturday in order to play their 17th match of the Barclays Premier League.

Leicester City's hopes of retaining their Premier League title suffered yet another blow when they lost 1-0 to Bournemouth on Tuesday. The defending champions have faltered shockingly this season, as they find themselves in the 14th place on the league table with mere 16 points. Claudio Ranieri's men have enjoyed just one victory in their last five Premier League matches.

Held to a 0-0 draw at their home in the last match versus Southampton, Stoke City now resides in the 12th place of the league table with 20 points. A win at home might take the Potters to upper half of the table, if other match results go into their favor.

Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City and Marc Pugh of AFC Bournemouth compete for the ball during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Leicester City.jpg
Riyad Mahrez and Marc Pugh compete for the ball during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Leicester City. [Image by Dan Mullan/Getty Images]

On previous six meetings between them, both teams have won equal two matches against each other, while the remaining two matches had ended as a draw.

Team News: Stoke City

Injury concerns for Mark Hughes's side are quite big as many players are sidelined ahead of the Saturday's clash. Stephen Ireland and Ibrahim Afellay are both ruled out of the match due to their broken leg and knee injury, respectively.

Stoke City will also be without the likes of Phil Bardsley, Geoff Cameron, and Jack Butland because of their injuries.

Striker Marko Arnautovic is suspended following his straight red card against Southampton which means he is unavailable for Hughes' side in the coming three matches.

Stoke City: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)

Grant - Peters, Johnson, Shawcross, Martins Indi - Whelan, Adam - Shaqiri, Allen, Diouf - Walters

Team News: Leicester City

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel hasn't fully recovered from his broken hand, and he remains doubtful for Saturday's clash against Stoke.

Daniel Drinkwater, who missed the 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth on last Tuesday due to a minor knee injury, probably won't feature in this match as well.

Danny Simpson could return to the first-team action after serving a one-match suspension.

The Foxes haven't shown any glimpses of their last year's glorious form this season. So, the likes of Rihad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy need to deliver match-winning performances if the defending champions want to get positive outcomes.

Leicester City: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)

Zieler - Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Simpson - King, Mahrez, Albrighton, Amartey - Vardy, Slimani

Stoke City vs. Leicester City: Head-to-Head

Total games: 57Stoke City wins: 22Leicester City wins: 17Draws: 18

Stoke City vs. Leicester City: TV Schedule and Channel

In the U.S., the match will be live on NBC Sports Live. For other regions, the TV schedule can be found in the link here.

Stoke City vs. Leicester: Prediction

Marc Pugh #7 of AFC Bournemouth scores the opeing goal during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Leicester City at the Vitality Stadium.
Marc Pugh of AFC Bournemouth scores the opening goal during the Premier League match between Bournemouth and Leicester City at the Vitality Stadium. [Image by Dan Mullan/Getty Images]

Both teams are struggling with their forms at the moment. However, Stoke City looks in better shape than the defending Champions, considering their recent performances. Leicester City has lost last seven of their eight away matches this season, and they are short of confidence at the moment.

With home advantage likely to favor them, Stoke City might clinch a victory in this contest.

Final Predicted Score: Stoke 2-1 Leicester City

Stoke vs. Leicester City: Betting Tips and Odds

  1. Stoke City win: 7/5
  2. A draw: 23/10
  3. Leicester City win: 2/1
  4. Under 2.5 goals: 5/6
  5. Over 2.5 goals: 5/6
  6. Both teams score: 4/6
  7. Both teams fail to score: 11/10
The Stoke vs. Leicester odds were provided by Paddypower.

Key Stats to consider

  • Stoke has won two of their last five matches in Premier League.
  • Stoke has won two of their last six matches against Leicester in all competitions.
  • Leicester has lost seven of their last eight away matches in Premier League.
  • Leicester has won four of their 16 matches in Premier League so far.
  • Leicester has scored five goals in their last two matches against Stoke.
The Stoke vs. Leicester stats were provided by Whoscored.

Stoke City vs. Leicester City: Live Stream

The match can be streamed live online by clicking at this link. The live streaming link will be updated just before kick-off.

[Featured Image by Gareth Copley/Getty Images]