Leicester v Norwich: Foxes given perfect opportunity to relocate mojo

Kasper Schmeichel hasn't conceded a Premier League goal at home in 2016
Kasper Schmeichel hasn't conceded a Premier League goal at home in 2016

Norwich are poor travellers in even poorer form, so there is no excuse for Leicester not to regain momentum...


With Norwich striking just once in their past four away days – three of which were against sides placed tenth or lower – the Leicester win to nil has to be considered a great bet at 2.77/4.

Leicester 1.564/7 v Norwich 6.86/1; The Draw 4.67/2
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Leicester

The Foxes remain in a better position after 26 games than anybody dreamed was possible - even eternally pro-Claudio Ranieri Betting.Betfair correspondents - but the pressure on them is a lot more intense than it was before Danny Welbeck's last-gasp winner at the Emirates two weekends ago.

Whereas they were five points clear of the field, Arsenal and Tottenham are now two points adrift. Still, neither the Gunners nor Spurs have run-in records worth gloating over and Leicester have been impressive throughout the campaign at responding to the few setbacks that they have endured.

A home clash against an out-of-form side is an ideal chance to repeat the trick and there are just three players scheduled to miss out: right back Danny Simpson is suspended following his costly sending off at Arsenal, while Matty James and Jeff Schlupp are injured.


Norwich

Like Leicester, Norwich were the victims of a comeback in their previous Premier League encounter as they surrendered a 2-0 lead against West Ham. However, unlike the table-toppers, their return from that fixture - one point - was an improvement on what they had become accustomed too after six successive defeats in all competitions.

The impact on their Premier League position has been severe. Having climbed all the way from 18th to 14th with three wins in four over the festive fortnight, they are pretty much back where they started, only being kept outside of the bottom three on goal difference, with 19th-placed Sunderland one point further back.

So there is plenty for Alex Neil to worry about, but at least a long list of absentees isn't one of his concerns. As it stands, Andre Wisdom is his sole doubt for the trip to the King Power Stadium, and even the defender hasn't been officially ruled out yet.


Match Odds

In any other season, the opportunity to back the Premier League pacesetters to beat the team fourth from the bottom in front of their fans at 1.564/7 would stand out as bet of the year territory.

Yet even in week 27, there is a lot of scepticism about Leicester's staying power and also a suspicion that they are as liable to botch an assignment such as this as they are a collision with one of the division's elite, having been held at home by Bournemouth and away by hapless Aston Villa since the start of 2016.

Still, that Bournemouth blip was their only one as hosts in eight league showdowns with clubs outside the top five this term and they reacted to their loss against Arsenal in September with a 2-1 triumph at Norwich a week later, and Neil's men were in much fiercer form then than they are now.

The Canaries were so strong on their travels when forcing their way out of the Championship last spring, but have been woeful on the road since October, being left pointless in eight of their nine top-flight outings.


Leicester Win to Nil

The midlanders conceded against both Manchester City and Arsenal, but they were 3-0 up when they did so in the former contest and reduced to ten men when they did it in the latter, so it doesn't alter the reality that they are a far sterner defensive force than at the beginning of Ranieri's glorious reign.

Whereas they managed a single shutout in his first eight Premier League home matches, they have kept four in a row since Christmas, with Man City, Stoke and Liverpool among the opposition silenced.

With Norwich striking just once in their past four away days - three of which were against sides placed tenth or lower - the Leicester win to nil has to be considered a great bet at 2.77/4.


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