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          Leicester City vs Middlesbrough: Betting Tips, Match Prediction & Preview

          Leicester City welcome Middlesbrough to the King Power Stadium this Saturday in the Championship. The Foxes look to extend their lead at the top of the table, whereas Middlesbrough look to get out of the tight mid-table.

          These odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.

          Leicester already have a more than healthy lead at the top of the Championship but will be looking to add another three points to their haul. Middlesbrough, however, need a win to get into the top half of the table and to get back into the Play-off conversation.

          Leicester currently sit top of the Championship after 31 games. The Foxes have 24 wins, three draws and four losses, leaving them on 75 points, already 11 points ahead of second-place Southampton and 12 points ahead of third-place Leeds.

          The Foxes have the best attacking record so far this season, with 66 goals in 31 games, giving them an average of 2.13 goals a game. Leicester also have the best defensive record, conceding just 23 goals and keeping 11 clean sheets.

          Middlesbrough, on the other hand, currently sit 12th in the Championship. In 30 games, Middlesbrough have 12 wins, five draws and 13 losses which leaves them on 41 points, six points from Sunderland in the final Play-off place.

          Boro have scored 44 goals in 30 games, but their top scorer, Josh Coburn, has just five goals, the third-lowest of any top scorer in the league. Middlesbrough have faltered defensively this season, conceding 42 goals and keeping six clean sheets.

          Leicester and Middlesbrough have met 93 times in their histories, with the first meeting coming back in 1899. The Foxes have the better record in the fixture with 35 wins in comparison to Middlesbrough’s 30 wins, the other 28 games ending in a draw.

          Middlesbrough’s win in the fixture back in November was their first win in the fixture since 2002. This hasn’t been a particularly high-scoring fixture of recent, with only one game in the last five between the two having over three goals.

          Team News

          Leicester City Team News

          Enzo Maresca only has one injury to manage this weekend, that being the injury to Wilfred Ndidi who isn’t likely to return before April. Kelechi Iheanacho is also still on international duty having helped Nigeria finish as runners-up at AFCON.

          Middlesbrough Team News

          Michael Carrick, on the other hand, has a couple of injury concerns. Isaiah Jones, Alex Gangura, Emmanuel Latte Lath, Tom Smith and Darragh Lenihan are all unavailable, with the latter two out for the rest of the season.

          Form Guide

          In their last five games in all competitions, Leicester have four wins and one draw.

          The visit from Ipswich Town saw an own goal from Leif Davis give Leicester the 1 - 0 lead at halftime. Despite having four more shots on target, Jeremy Sarmiento grabbed a goal in the 89th minute to grab a 1 - 1 draw for Ipswich.

          The Fourth Round of the FA Cup saw Leicester host fellow Championship side Birmingham. After a goalless first half, Jamie Vardy, Yunus Akgun and Dennis Praet all scored in the 3 - 0 win for Leicester despite Birmingham having 19 shots with six on target.

          Back in the Championship, it was a visit from Swansea. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall gave Leicester an early lead in the third minute with a penalty from Stephy Mavididi and goal from Akgun giving The Foxes the 3 - 0 lead going into the closing stages. Joe Allen grabbed a goal in the 95th minute for Swansea, but Leicester held on for the 3 - 1 win.

          The trip to Stoke saw goals from Patson Daka and Kasey McAteer give Leicester the 2 - 0 lead at halftime. In the second half, Daka completed his brace and Vardy recorded his own brace late on in the 5 - 0 win for Leicester.

          A penalty saw Daka on the scoresheet for Leicester again, giving The Foxes another early lead. Ricardo Pereira then doubled this lead ten minutes into the second half. Emmanuel Dennis did get Watford into the game, but Leicester managed to hold on for the 2 - 1 win.

          Leicester also face Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday for the midweek Championship clashes.

          In their last five games in all competitions, Middlesbrough have one win, two draws and two losses.

          Joe Bryan opened the scoring for Millwall in the tenth minute, but Lukas Engel grabbed a goal to make it level at halftime. Jones gave Middlesbrough the lead early in the second half and a 95th-minute goal from Marcus Forss secured the 3 - 1 win for Middlesbrough.

          The visit from bottom of the table Rotherham saw Cafu give Rotherham the lead early in the second half. Forss was on the scoresheet again from Middlesbrough late on to grab a 1 - 1 draw for Middlesbrough.

          Despite carrying a 1 - 0 aggregate lead into the second leg of the League Cup Semi-final, the trip to Stamford Bridge was one to forget. Morgan Rogers did get on the scoresheet late on, but a brace from Cole Palmer, goals from Enzo Fernandez, Axel Disasi and Noni Madueke and an own goal from Jonny Howson gave Chelsea the 6 - 1 win.

          Back in the Championship, Middlesbrough hosted Sunderland. Forss scored yet again for Middlesbrough, giving Boro the lead just after the hour mark. However, Nazariy Rusyn grabbed a goal in the 83rd minute to force a 1 - 1 draw.

          Samuel Silvera grabbed a goal in the 92nd minute for Middlesbrough, but with the early goals from Jason Knight and Matty James, Bristol City held on for the 2 - 1 win.

          Middlesbrough take on Preston on Wednesday for the midweek clashes.

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          Where to watch

          Due to laws in the U.K. Leicester vs Middlesbrough will not be broadcasted, but it can be followed via radio on BBC Five Live or TalkSport.

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          Last updated 13/04/2024