Leicester City v Stoke City
Saturday, Feb 24 – 12:30
Leicester rebounded from their embarrassing 5-1 defeat to Man City, by beating Championship side Sheffield United 1-0 in the FA Cup last Friday. The Foxes have experienced a mixed bag of results in the Premier League over the last few weeks, losing to both Man City and Everton, and drawing with Swansea City. Earlier this week, manager Claude Puel insisted that the Riyad Mahrez transfer saga is now a thing of the past, and the talented winger is expected to regain his regular spot in Puel’s starting XI. Leicester head into tomorrow’s match eighth on the leaderboard, with 35 points from 27 matches this season.
Stoke City were held to a 1-1 draw when they hosted Brighton a fortnight ago, with a last minute penalty save from Seagulls’ keeper Matt Ryan costing Paul Lambert’s side a much needed three points. Stoke appear to have improved under Lambert, but their relegation battle is far from over. A win tomorrow could see the Potters move clear of the drop zone however, which will put them in a strong position for their next fixture with fellow strugglers Southampton. Stoke are currently 19th in the Premier League table, where they sit on 25 points.
Let’s take a look at the stats:
- Leicester City have lost just one of their last seven matches against Stoke City in the Premier League (W3 D3) – the defeat coming in January 2015.
- The Potters have only managed to win two of their last 29 competitive matches away at Leicester (D16 L11) – both victories have come in their last 10 clashes.
- The Foxes won five of their first eight games in the Premier League under Claude Puel (D2 L1) – they have only won two of their last 10 (D3 L5).
- Stoke are without a win in eight away matches in the Premier League – their longest winless run in the competition since September 2015.
- Leicester City have a shot conversion rate of 14.3% in the Premier League this season – only Man City (16.3%) boast a better record.
- Jamie Vardy has netted four times in his last four matches in the Premier League – his longest scoring run since his record breaking 11 in 2015.
- Leicester have lost six league matches in which Vardy has scored this season – thats double the amount of an other Premier League player.
- Leicester’s Wilfried Ndidi has attempted 34 shots without scoring in the Premier League this season – more than any other player.
- A Paul Lambert side has failed to score more than one goal in a match in 22 Premier League fixtures – the longest run of any manager in the competition.
- Jamie Vardy has found the back of the net in three of his last five games against Stoke in the Premier League – scoring in each of the last two at home.
Leicester look certain to finish in the top half of the table come the end of the season; however, their form has been up and down recently, Claude Puel will be looking to put that right today with a convincing win over strugglers Stoke. Paul Lambert played down the Brighton result, but he will have been gutted to not take all three points. Stoke are looking much better defensively under the Scot, but its hard to see where the goals are going to come from. Leicester have a great record against the Potters, and should prove too much for them to handle tomorrow.