Leicester City v Bournemouth Betting Tips and Odds – 21/05/17

Leicester City v Bournemouth Betting Tips and Odds – 21/05/17

Leicester City v Bournemouth Betting Tips and Odds

In our Leicester City v Bournemouth betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

Overview

Craig Shakespeare’s Leicester City host Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth at the King Power on Sunday afternoon, as both bow down in their final game of the Premier League season. Leicester City were going through a massive decline compared to last season before a massive turn around saw them climb all the way up to eleventh in the table. A shocking defeat in their last game has been a massive blow to their confidence though, which could alter the outcome of this fixture. Bournemouth have had loads of ups and downs this season but have transformed what looked like a potential relegation fight at one stage in the campaign. Losing this game would see them be overtaken in their tenth place position though, so they will want to stay strong. These two sides last met in December where a single goal won the tie for The Cherries.

Marc Pugh scored in the thirty-fourth minute back in December to defeat Leicester City

Leicester City have been like two very different teams this season

The situation for Leicester City has been a tough one to take for all involved, including most neutrals who were disappointed to see the side fail to match the incredible sorts of results they played to last season. Likeable manager Claudio Ranieri led them to the title in the last campaign but couldn’t reach heights anywhere as close this time around, leading to his eventual dismissal in late February. Rather than hunting someone down capable of taking the Italian’s place, the club’s owners put assistant manager Craig Shakespeare in charge until the end of the season. Although it was a decision that divided the fans’ view, it certainly had a positive reaction, as they defeated Jurgen Klopp in their first game under Shakespeare.

While Ranieri was still at the helm, The Foxes were beginning to slip into the relegation zone, with a defeat to also relegation-threatened Swansea City looking like a deciding fixture which would see them move into the Championship next season. The arrival of Craig Shakespeare had them completely transformed, winning six games in a row. Losing away to Everton, Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham in recent weeks have seen them show their weaker side again once more, but it’s to be expected as they have achieved survival from relegation and have nothing left to play for. They played valiantly in attempting to move to the later stages of the Champions League too, losing 1-0 away to Atletico Madrid, before holding Diego Simeone’s side to a 1-1 draw. Jamie Vardy has got back to his usual prolific form, netting twelve times.

Leicester City fell to their worst result of the season on Thursday night, as they lost 6-1 to Tottenham Hotspur

Bournemouth are safe this season, but need to think carefully about transfers

After lots of hype in his first full term in the top tier of English football, Eddie Howe has faced the task of avoiding what many call ‘second season syndrome’ where recently promoted teams have faltered in their second attempt at the big time. It would be more than fair to say that they haven’t quite hit the heights as with last season, where they looked likely to build on a sixteenth place finish that had lots of positives to take. They currently sit tenth, but it’s only been the past few weeks where they’ve been able to finally settle in to some reliable form, as for the most part of the season, they could only manage four wins from twenty-two games, with relegation looming. Poor form from Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Hull City and Swansea City has helped them to keep clear from the bottom three, but they should be given some credit.

It was clear at the start of March that Eddie Howe had to drastically change his side’s fate, as they’d gone through the last eight without picking up a single win. He rallied his player sufficiently, taking a point away to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United before going unbeaten for the next four fixtures. An expected double defeat to Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea was expected but they made up for it with three wins and a draw in their last four games. The Cherries have had to go without usual striker Callum Wilson for a lot of the season, as he’s been hampered by injuries, but Joshua King has stood in for him in recent weeks, netting sixteen goals for the club, with fourteen of those finishes coming in their last sixteen fixtures, which shows just how crucial he’s been.

Joshua King scored in the eighty-fifth minute to snatch three points at home to Burnley

Odds

If you’re backing Leicester City to get an expected win, they’re best priced at 19/20 with Bet365. If you’d prefer to go for a draw, SkyBet are offering odds as high as 14/5. If you think there’ll be some last day of the season madness and the away side come out on top, Bournemouth to win are best priced at 31/10 with BetVictor.

Recommended Bets:

Leicester City to win (Best priced at 19/20 on Bet365) – BET HERE

Over 2.5 goals (Best priced at 7/10 on Betfair) – BET HERE

Jamie Vardy to score anytime (Best priced at 11/8 on Paddy Power) – BET HERE

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See all the goals from Leicester’s shocking 6-1 defeat to Tottenham here: