Don't count out Leicester City just yet. This is a side that's been playing much better of late, which is why they're the soccer betting favorites at home to Stoke City this weekend. Our soccer odds preview is inside.
The Foxes can currently be locked in as +150 favorites at a good chunk of the top online sportsbooks. Some online sportsbooks have them listed as high as +165, however. The Potters will therefore be classified as underdogs for this visit to Leicester, and they can be backed in the +175 to +200 range, depending on where you shop for soccer odds.
Overall this season, the Foxes have had their fair share of struggles, and as such they're at the bottom of the pile when looking at the Premier League table. However, there's still plenty of matches to go, and Leicester's recent form suggests they may not be willing to pack it in just yet.
Indeed, the Foxes have gone unbeaten over their last four league matches, and that includes three wins and a crucial 10 points in total. They've topped the likes of Aston Villa, Newcastle and Hull City while earning an outstanding point in a 2-2 draw at Anfield against Liverpool. Because of this undefeated run, Leicester is now within striking distance of "escaping" from the relegation zone, with still months to go in the campaign. What seemed like a longshot not long ago now seems much more plausible for the newly promoted outfit.
The Foxes have also been active in the transfer market, as they recently reached a deal for former Wigan midfielder Shaun Maloney, while they're also hoping to finalize an agreement for Andrej Kramaric. Leicester has high hopes of avoiding relegation and is apparently willing to spend a bit of money to make that happen.
Though the Potters were 3-0 losers to Arsenal in their most recent taste of action, they've been performing quite well lately. They've recorded three wins, one loss and one draw over their five previous matches across all competitions, which includes a cup win over Wrexham and Premier League victories over West Brom at home and over Everton away from home, one of their best results of the season. They also tied with Manchester United.
So, in the grand scheme of things, Stoke City has been doing well, and they'll be looking to bounce back after a tough defeat to the Gunners.
As of now, the Potters are in 11th place in the Premier League, so they're reasonably safe and don't have to worry too much about relegation, that is unless they go on a terrible run and don't pick up any points over the next few weeks. We don't anticipate that happening though, as they've got an experienced manager in Mark Hughes and some veterans like Peter Crouch and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic who know what it takes to stamp out results when needed.
Premier League Pick
We don't feel particularly good about siding with either one of these teams in this situation. There isn't much value in the two sides, so instead we'll recommend a small wager on the draw with your soccer picks.
These are two feisty outfits, and we don't expect much to separate them here. Leicester has been playing as well as they have all season long, but Stoke has talent and is a side that's known for grinding out results, at whatever the cost. You better believe the Potters are going to be fighting tooth and nail to get at least a point out of this visit, and they'll be buoyed by their recent form. Same with the Foxes, though, which kind of makes this match a wash in our eyes.
While the UNDER 2.5 goals is also worth considering, we like the idea of banking on the draw with our soccer picks in this spot. Best of luck!
Pick: Leicester City 1 Stoke City 1