Host Foxes as a Valuable Pick vs. Struggling Black Cats

Leicester City players

Kevin Stott

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 3:19 PM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 4, 2017 3:19 PM UTC

Jamie Vardy and Leicester City welcome Sunderland to King Power Stadium in Leicester for EPL matchweek 31. It is a good opportunity to try to make a little money backing the red-hot Foxes, especially with the hosts 5-0 under the new manager.

Leicester City vs. Sunderland

Jamie Vardy (9 goals) and defending EPL champions Leicester City (9-6-14, 35 GS-47 GA) host to 20th-place Sunderland (5-5-19, 24 GS-51 GA) Tuesday at King Power Stadium. Soccer odds show host Leicester City healthy -222 favorites here with Sunderland +733 and a Draw +333 with the Total 2½o -131. The Foxes come in on a 5-game win streak in all competitions after parting ways with manager Claudio Ranieri and replacing him with Craig Shakespeare and fleeing the Relegation Zone shadow earning 12 of a possible 12 points in matches in England’s top flight.


Sunderland AFC

Jermain Defoe (14 goals, +250 Anytime Goalscorer, at Paddy Power) and likely soon-to-be-relegated—they’re 8 points from safety—Sunderland (2-1-11 Road, 10 GF-25 GA) pose a threat here with nothing to lose. However, manager David Moyes, GK Jordan Pickford and the Black Cats have been weak on the Road and this lousy team have been outscored 9-0 their L4 matches going 0-1-3 and Sunderland has scored just 4 goals since Jan. 17, meaning 8 clean Sheets in 9 games for opposing GK’s and heavy profits for the BTTS (No, -125, Bet365) props backers. On Saturday, Sunderland lost 1-0 at Watford.


Leicester City FC

Leicester City (8-3-4 Home, 24 GF-18 GA) awoke at the perfect time, not only cementing its EPL existence for next season but also ousting Sevilla from the UEFA Champions League where the Foxes advanced onto the current Round of 8. The Foxes (WWWWW) have outscored opponents 13-4 under new boss Shakespeare and Leicester City won 2-0 Saturday in Matchweek 30 vs. Stoke City as striker Vardy (-125 Anytime Goalscorer, at Bet365) and Wilfred Ndidi tallied for the hosts. 


EPL Series History, Trends & Best Betting Approach

In EPL play, 13th-place Leicester City is 23-14-24 (96 GF-82 GA) lifetime against Sunderland and 16-6-8 at Home (58 GF-34 GA) against the Black Cats. Leicester City is 2-2-1 (W-D-L) the L5 EPL meetings (SUND 2-1 LC, SUND 0-2 LC, LC 4-2 SUND, SUND 0-0 C, LC 0-0 SUND) with a deeper handicapping dive revealing that Sunderland (LDLLL) hasn’t won at Leicester since 1984—scoring just 1 goal this millennium—going 0-2-5 and being outscored 15-5 the L30+ years as both clubs bobbed between the EPL and Championship.

With GK Kasper Schmeichel, Riyad Mahrez (5 goals), Shinji Okazaki, Danny Drinkwater, captain Wes Morgan (Back) and a manager whose club has produced an EPL-first 3+ goals in his first three games at the helm, this is a great spot to grab Leicester City for your betting pick. Wherefore art thou, my Leicester City cash?


Predicted Final Score: Leicester City 3 Sunderland 0Free Soccer Pick: Leicester City -222 Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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