Simon Mail previews second-placed Leicester's home game against Norwich and expects Brendan Rodgers' side to maintain their winning run...
"Leicester have the best defensive record in the Premier League and the Foxes can keep a clean sheet in a victory against Norwich. The hosts have only conceded ten goals in 16 matches while Norwich have scored just 17 goals."
Leicester v Norwich
Fantastic Foxes heading for Champions League
Liverpool are on course to win the Premier League for the first time but if the leaders slip up Leicester appear well placed to take advantage. The Foxes pulled off an extraordinary upset, winning the title in 2016, but Brendan Rodgers' current team are on track to surpass their total of 81 points which saw them crowned champions.
Leicester are second in the table, eight points behind Liverpool, with a crucial match to come against Jurgen Klopp's side on Boxing Day. Their current form is outstanding with the Foxes clinching a club record eighth successive league win after thrashing Aston Villa 4-1 on Sunday. Jamie Vardy has been in unstoppable form with the former England international striker scoring 16 goals in 17 appearances this season.
Norwich's leaky defence likely to lead to relegation
Norwich won the Championship last season to secure their return to the Premier League but Daniel Farke is learning the hard way the challenges of competing at the highest level in England. The Canaries resisted the temptation to splash the cash during the summer and an inexperienced team have struggled to handle the demands on them this season.
It was always going to be difficult for Norwich to avoid relegation and the side are likely to be fighting throughout the campaign to avoid an immediate return to the Championship. Second bottom and four points from safety, Norwich have struggled defensively with 34 goals conceded in 17 matches. Their 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United at Carrow Road last weekend was a major setback after squandering a 1-0 half-time lead.
Hosts extremely short-priced favourites
Leicester are overwhelming favourites with good reason although few will be rushing to back them at slim odds of 1.26. The Foxes are on a brilliant winning run and have also beaten Norwich in their last three top-flight meetings. Everything points to a home win but there is no value whatsoever in siding with them in this market.
Norwich are 15.0 outsiders but even these huge odds offer no interest at the King Power Stadium. The Canaries have only managed one away victory this season and it is extremely difficult to make a case for them doubling this tally at high-flying Leicester. The odds are huge for a reason and a Norwich victory looks completely unrealistic.
The draw is also available at a big price with 7.06/1 on offer but again does not appeal. Leicester have only drawn once at home this season, with seven wins from their eight matches and will have too much quality for their opponents. Rodgers' side should see off Norwich but an alternative bet is necessary to back Leicester.
Leicester have the best defensive record in the Premier League and the Foxes can keep a clean sheet in a victory against Norwich. The hosts have only conceded ten goals in 16 matches while Norwich have scored just 17 goals. Five of Leicester's last seven wins have been to nil and this looks a strong bet at 2.16 against struggling Norwich.
Vardy has been in exceptional form for Leicester with the striker finding the net in each of their last eight league games. In three of their last five games, Vardy has been the first goalscorer. The Premier League's top goalscorer should have plenty of chances to score this weekend and is worth backing at 11/5 to open the scoring again.
No side has conceded the first goal in more Premier League games this season than Norwich (10), with the Canaries going on to lose every single one of those. It is 1/5 for the visitors to concede first again this weekend.
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P/L 2019-20 season
Back Leicester to win to nil at 2.166/5
Back Jamie Vardy to be first goalscorer @ 11/5