EPL Soccer Picks: Capper Expects Tense Low Scoring Affair for Leicester City vs. Hull City

Lee Phelps

Thursday, March 12, 2015 4:01 PM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 12, 2015 4:01 PM UTC

It's The Foxes versus The Tigers in the Premier League this weekend and William Hill's Lee Phelps is picking his best bets for the relegation battle. He has gone for some nice odds in his free picks too.

The dreaded cloud of relegation has hung over both of these teams during the season, with Hull finally giving themselves some respite and Leicester seemingly unable to get a fight going, which is something you should consider when looking over the soccer odds.

Hull City had a dreadful September through to January, but with just one loss in the last five and two wins and draws, the eight points has taken them to 27 and given them a chance of Premier League football in 2015/16.

The Foxes have picked up one point from a possible 18 just when they need to be picking up nine from those games and it they are entering the point of return, if they’re not already there.


The Tigers have given manager Steve Bruce a new contract which is an interesting move with the side currently three points worse off than last season, having spent plenty to improve the squad. However it’s a move backed by the Hull fans as Andy Mills wrote on the Hull City Supporters Trust website: “Steve Bruce is viewed as being a great manager of Hull City. I am delighted to see that he has agreed to sign a new contract to keep him at the KC Stadium for the next three years.

“This news will make for a very good atmosphere in the Hull City camp before this crunch game and I sincerely hope that Steve Bruce’s week ends in victory for his team.

“I believe if Hull take all three points away from the King Power Stadium we will most certainly secure our Premier League status.”

So confidence is good amongst fans and with the recent goals from N’Doye and Jelavic, you get the sense Bruce’s men will stumble over the line to safety, but I’m not sure this will be a game that will count towards that.

Steve Bruce's side have won just one of their last 13 Premier League away matches, with five draws in there, they have failed to score in seven of their last 10 league games on the road.


Leicester City
I’ve been waiting for a Foxes’ revival for most of the season, having seen what they are capable of against Arsenal, Everton and Manchester United earlier in the season. But the facts are that Leicester have won just three of their last 25 Premier League home matches, with 12 draws, including losing six of the last eight.

Nigel Pearson's side have scored just three goals in their last eight Premier League games at King Power Stadium, but the omens are good when it comes to the weekend’s opponents, having lost just one of their last seven league meetings with Hull.

It seems every week a different player issues a rallying cry in the Media. This week it was Matt Upson’s turn: "I don't analyse games in a different way, whether it is Hull at home or Manchester City away the preparation has to be the same.

"We need to be fearless. The moment you let fear creep into your game it has a negative impact.

"We have nothing to lose so let's go out there and give it our best.

"Let's have a real belief about us with the ball and build that confidence game by game to get results."


Soccer picks
There’s an interesting stat about red cards in this match up, with five shown in the last six matches, including two in the game at the KC Stadium in December, so it may be worth looking at that or high booking points.

Despite Upson’s words, I’m expecting a nervy, tense match with few goals. Leicester are the third worst home scorers and Hull are the third worst for away goals.

For my soccer picks I’m going with a draw here and low goals.

Free soccer pick: Draw and Under 2.5 goals 3.75 (11/4)

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