Premier League: Leicester City v Bournemouth Preview

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Leicester City v Bournemouth

Saturday, Mar 03 – 15:00

Leicester City held Stoke City to a 1-1 draw in their last league game, with Jack Butland making a howler of a mistake in the 70th minute to gift the Foxes a point. Manager Claude Puel admitted that his side had not done enough to win the match, and aside from the ever present Jamie Vardy, Leicester’s forwards have been a little off the pace recently. The Foxes are now without a win in five competitive matches, and sit eighth in the Premier League table on 36 points.

Bournemouth bounced back from their 4-1 defeat to Huddersfield Town by holding Newcastle to a 2-2 draw last weekend. The Cherries were 2-0 down for the majority of the match, before netting two goals in the last 10 minutes to salvage a point. Eddie Howe praised his players for changing the system and getting back into the game, and it was obvious that the result felt like a win for the ambitious Bournemouth manager. Howe’s side are now 11th on the leaderboard, just one point behind 10th placed Watford.

What the stats tell us:

  • Leicester have never managed to defeat Bournemouth in the Premier League, with four of the five fixtures between these two clubs ending in a draw. The last time Leicester beat the Cherries was back in 2014 in the Championship.
  • In fact, the Cherries have faced no other Premier League side without a defeat in as many matches (5 level with Swansea). Leicester are only winless in more games against Bolton (6).
  • There have only been five goals in the five fixtures between these two clubs in the Premier League – with Jamie Vardy scoring both of the Foxes’ two.
  • Leicester City have only lost one of their last eight matches at home in the Premier League (W4 D3).
  • Bournemouth have collected 13 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season – more than any other side (level with Everton).
  • The Cherries have scored in each of their last nine games in the Premier League – scoring 18 overall.
  • Bournemouth have scored 11 of their last 12 goals in the second-half of their Premier League matches – eight of those have come after 70 minutes.
  • Eddie Howe has only used 21 players this season yet Bournemouth have the fourth highest amount of different goalscorers in the league (14).
  • Jamie Vardy has seen Leicester lose in six of the games in which he’s scored this season – twice as many as any other Premier League player.
  • Jermain Defoe could be set to make his first Premier League start since December – he’s netted in four of his last seven matches against the Foxes.

Leicester had Stoke on the ropes in their last match but failed to deliver the finishing blow, despite having plenty of chances to go ahead. The Foxes still look dangerous going forward, but it just hasn’t been clicking for them recently. Bournemouth have a fantastic record against Leicester in the Premier League, but only had themselves to blame for wasted opportunities in the reverse fixture (0-0). The Cherries have been poor away from home this season however, and could struggle to keep Leicester quiet for 90 minutes. Jamie Vardy didn’t score in the last fixture, so we’re expecting him to put that right tomorrow.

Photos: Getty

Stats: Opta