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Leicester City are having a great season under Brendan Rodgers so far but now it's coming to a crossroads. Do they prioritise the league or go gung-ho for Europa League glory. Our betting predictions might give you a steer of our thoughts.
Slavia Prague Vs Leicester City top free betting tips
Leicester might be the bookmakers favourite to win this game but with team changes expected we're not expecting it to be an easy evening. The below table gives a summarised view of our predictions.
|Slavia Prague Vs Leicester City tips||Our prediction and odds||Bookmaker||Bet here|
|Handicap||Slavia Prague + 1 to Draw @ 29/10||ADD TO BETSLIP >|
|Anytime goal scorer||Abdallah Sima @ 11/4||ADD TO BETSLIP >|
|BTTS||Yes @ 19/20||ADD TO BETSLIP >|
Please note, betting odds are subject to change. Always check with the bookmaker before placing your bet.
Leicester missing key men makes for a tight affair
Both sides come into this round of 32 match in excellent form. For Leicester, they've just dealt Liverpool a hammer blow in their title defence after three goals in seven minutes flipped that game on its head to take the Foxes up to third in the Premier League. Slavia Prague meanwhile are 19 games into their domestic campaign and are yet to taste defeat having dropped just six points in total.
What we expect to see as the two sides lock horns is likely to be a contrasting approach. Both teams will feel they can hurt the other with goals not a problem for either side. At full strength, you'd have to back the English side to come out on top, however, Rodgers faces a real dilemma. His squad is talented but not especially deep; last season they paid the price for that as they dropped out of the top four race. It's something he'll be desperate to avoid repeating this year but, equally, the Europa League is a tournament they could win.
Our predictions are based on the Foxes making a few tweaks to his team. In no way do we think there will be an entire second string put out but we already know that Wes Fofana, James Justin and Timothy Castagne will be missing from the backline whilst Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi are two big names likely to be given a rest. Slavia meanwhile will be going full strength, there is no doubt about that.
They will carry a real attacking threat from several areas but will be without Petr Sevcik, who provided three assists in the group stages from central midfield. The Czech international suffered ligament damage in December. He will, however, be back in contention for the second leg, which will be a boost if they can arrive in England still in the tie.
Expect a close fought encounter with goals
Before we get into the logic that drove our tips, let's just have another look at what they are:
- Bet one: Slavia Prague + 1 goal for a draw, 29/10
- Bet two: Abdallah Sima to score anytime, 14/5
- Bet three: BTTS, 19/20
Our recommended bookmaker for Europa League betting: BET365.
Slavia Prague + 1 for a draw
Let's not beat around the bush here. A full strength Leicester City are better than a full strength Slavia Prague, however, that's not what we think this match will be. We expect the home side to come out all guns blazing with the best possible XI on the grass whilst Rodgers will have one eye on the league, which is understandable given how tight the table is. Even so, with a couple of big players removed from the Foxes and Slavia in sparkling form, we just can't see Leicester blowing them away.
Abdallah Sima to score anytime
The Fortuna Liga might not be up there with the best leagues in the world but when you've got a 19-year-old striker banging in 11 goals in just 14 league matches it's hard not to pay attention to it. The youngster has seven goal involvements in his last five games (four goals). Given Leicester's defence won't be at full strength, Sima will likely get chances and a striker high on confidence won't need to be asked too many times.
Our prediction for BTTS is based on two very simple facts. From the Leicester perspective, even without Jamie Vardy, you have to fancy an attacking quad of Harvey Barnes, Cengiz Under, James Maddison and Kelechi Iheanacho to score goals. At least three of them are in very good form and Leicester will have most of the play. The other side is a look at Slavia; they've scored an average of three goals per game in the league. Factor in their lead creator, Lukas Provod, will probably be up against Daniel Amartey, who has barely played in the Premier League this season, whilst Fofana and Ndidi are also likely out of the team and a clean sheet might be hard to come by.
What you need to know for the kick off
Where can you watch the match?
You can watch the game on DAZN or BT Sport.
What bookies offer the best odds?
Based on the predictions we've made, there is not one bookmaker dominating. SBK, however, do offer competitive odds for all three.
Where is the game being played?
Whilst lots of Europa League games have been moved around, this isn't one. The match will be played at Slavia's home ground, the Sinobo Stadium.
How does the Czech league compare to the Premier League?
In terms of the competition itself, not well. It's simply not even close to the same standard. That doesn't mean there aren't some quality players plying their trade in it though. For example, Tomas Soucek, who joined West Ham last year, was with Slavia Prague just last season.
How did Slavia Prague perform in the group stages?
Slavia finished as runners up in group C after losing two matches, however, they won every home game scoring seven goals across the three matches.