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Leicester City v Bournemouth: Back the Foxes to end their season on a high

Jamie Vardy has rediscovered his goalscoring form since Shakespeare took charge
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Despite a heavy defeat to Spurs on Thursday night, Evan Bartlett believes last season's champions can end on a high...


"With Shakespeare's future and a top half finish at stake, as well as Bournemouth's patchy away record, you have to fancy the Foxes to put Thursday night's result behind them and end their season on a high."

Leicester City v Bournemouth
Sunday 21 May, 15.00


Leicester City

Since Leicester's owners took the no doubt difficult decision to part company with Claudio Ranieri they have seen their side transformed back in to something like the champions of last season. The Foxes had slipped into the relegation zone after defeat to Swansea and had just lost the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie against Sevilla.

But victory over Liverpool in Craig Shakespeare's first game in charge sparked a run of seven wins in 10 matches which has seen them shoot back up the table and in with a real chance of finishing in the top half.

When Shakespeare took over, Leicester were on 21 points after 25 games. They are now on 43 after 37 meaning they have more than doubled their tally in half the time. The owners will feel their decision has been more than vindicated.


Bournemouth

These two sides have enjoyed some symmetry in the last few months of the season. With defeat at home to West Brom at the back end of February, Bournemouth fans must have been fearing the worst too. The Cherries were on a run of six losses in seven games and were just four points clear of relegation. With 12 games left and no signs of improvement there even seemed to be pressure growing on manager Eddie Howe.

Since then however Bournemouth have looked like a different side all together. A combative 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, best remembered for Tyrone Mings' boot and Zlatan Ibrahimovic's elbow, seems to have turned things around.

Spurred on by the goals of former Manchester United trainee Josh King - he's scored 12 in his last 14 games - the Cherries have moved up to 10th and look well set for another good season next year.


Match Odds

Leicester come into this one as [2.02] favourites after a strong recent run of home form that was only ended on Thursday night by a rampant Spurs side.

Bournemouth have only won three times on the road this season and were winless away from home in seven before a 1-0 victory at the already doomed Sunderland last weekend. The visitors come into this one as [4.3] outsiders while the draw is [3.8].

With Shakespeare's future beyond this season still under consideration there is absolutely no chance he won't have his players fully prepared for this top 10 decider. Leicester have won five of their home games since the interim boss came in and have beaten every side outside the top seven they have faced - both home and away - bar a 2-2 draw at in-form Crystal Palace.

With Shakespeare's future and a top half finish at stake, as well as Bournemouth's patchy away record, you have to fancy the Foxes to put Thursday night's result behind them and end their season on a high.


Over/Under 2.5 Goals

Both these sides have been in free-scoring form of late with overs landing in six of Bournemouth's last seven and eight of the twelve Premier League matches since Shakespeare took charge at Leicester.

The market reflects this too, however, with overs trading at a short [1.67] and unders at [2.3]. If you fancy another goalfest, over 3.5 goals can be backed at [2.7].


To Score

As well as Josh King's excellent run, Jamie Vardy has rediscovered some of his form from last season. The England international has scored eight goals since Shakespeare took charge and can be backed to open the scoring at 9/2 on the Sportsbook.


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