Premier League Tips: Leicester won't leak and Sunderland won't win

Kasper Schmeichel was recently named Danish Football Player of the Year
Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was recently named Danish Football Player of the Year
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The Opta stats present plenty of positives for Leicester and Marko Arnautovic, but not so many for Sunderland...


"The Foxes have kept six clean sheets in their last seven Premier League home games"

Recommended Bet: Back Leicester to keep a clean sheet against Southampton @ 2.89/5

Stoke v Swansea (Saturday, 15:00)

Marko Arnautovic has scored three times in his last three matches at the Britannia Stadium

Arnautovic scored only five Premier League goals across his initial two campaigns after swapping Werder Bremen for Stoke but has stepped it up for the third, going twice as well as his two-year tally in less than one to emerge as one of ten players to have reached double figures for goals in 2015/16.

The Potters need him to prosper now more than ever before with the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Jon Walters sidelined and Europa League qualification still a possibility and fortunately, as his efforts against Aston Villa and Southampton confirm, he is delivering exactly what they require. Swansea have conceded six times across their last three outings on their travels.

Recommended Bet: Back Arnautovic to score @ 3.39/4


Sunderland v West Brom (Saturday, 15:00)

West Brom have lost just one of their last 12 Premier League meetings with Sunderland

Sunderland have become significantly harder to beat under Sam Allardyce, but they still don't win often enough, which is why they remain stuck in the relegation zone. Their victory rate has actually dropped as the season has unfolded, from three in their first 14 games to three in the last 16 and a mere one in nine most recently.

It is therefore difficult to understand why they are close to the evens mark to beat a West Brom side who are 13 points and seven places better off than them and have a head-to-head record as strong as the one bolded above. The Baggies won the reverse fixture in Allardyce's Black Cats dugout debut and have lost the joint-second fewest away contests of any team outside the top five (five from 14).

Recommended Bet: Lay Sunderland to win @ 2.0621/20


Leicester v Southampton (Sunday, 13:30, Sky Sports 1)

The Foxes have kept six clean sheets in their last seven Premier League home games

The most impressive facet of Leicester's remarkable Premier League leadership is how they evolved from defensively-slack "we're going to score one more than you" merchants when Jamie Vardy was at his most prolific to sudden shutout specialists when they needed to start grinding out results.

Having gone without a clean sheet throughout their opening nine matches and kept only three in the first 18, they have somehow managed nine in 13 since, including three in a row over the past month for a trio of 1-0 triumphs.

Southampton struck twice at Stoke, but have fired blanks on four of their latest eight top-flight away days, last netting on successive road trips in November.

Recommended Bet: Back Leicester to keep a clean sheet @ 2.89/5


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