Defending Champions host Middlesbrough at the King Power

Last updated: November 24, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3.00pm
Venue: The King Power Stadium
Coverage: Not Shown
Home form: LLDWL
Away form: LDWDL
Last season:
Competition: The Premier League

As we approach week 13 of the Premier League season, defending champions Leicester prepare to host Middlesbrough at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Middlesbrough are one place behind the hosts in the league and trail by just a single point. They’ll be hoping to continue their impressive run of away draws while Leicester will be eager to hold onto their undefeated home record.

Chelsea go into this match fresh and on a high, sitting pretty on the top of the table. Diego Costa is top scorer, while Eden Hazard is hitting the dizzying heights of his form from a few seasons back. With no new injuries and an almost completely injury free squad, Antonio Conte must be finding life a breeze in England. Chelsea will surely hit the blocks running and if they start strong, it’s hard to see them not winning this match. They will surely target a weak Tottenham suffering heavily from injuries, while the defence will look to stick tight to Harry Kane and prevent the striker getting close to goal.

Middlesbrough on the other hand will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s loss at the Riverside Stadium. Their away record has actually been better than their home record in recent weeks; they’ve secured draws against Arsenal, Man City and West Ham in their last three games on the road and have managed five all season. It may not be pretty, but the men in red have proven that they know how to grind out a result away from home. We suspect however that Karanka will hoping to go one better this weekend and push for an away win that will take his team two points clear of their hosts.

Team News

It is still uncertain whether or not Islam Slimani will be fit enough to feature in this weekend’s match up. He’s still carrying a groin injury and will undergo a late fitness test to determine whether or not he will take part.

Leicester defender Danny Drinkwater has pleaded guilty after being cited for elbowing Valon Behrami during last week’s Premier League clash at Vicarage Road. He will now face a 3 match ban and won’t be available again until the 13th December.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has spoken out in support of Alvaro Negredo. The ex-Man City forward joined the club on loan from Valencia and hasn’t scored since the opening day of the season despite 10 successive starts. Karanka has however said that he’s happy with the Spaniard’s work rate and is confident that he will find his rhythm soon.

Middlesbrough have an almost fully fit squad to pick from as they approach this Saturday afternoon’s fixture. The only play unavailable for selection is George Friend who’s currently nursing a kneee injury. He’s expected to recover within the next few weeks.

Expected line-ups:

Leciester (4-4-2): Zieler, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Amartey, King, Albrighton, Vardy, Okazaki
Subs: Hamer, Hernandez, Musa, Schlupp, Gray, King, Ulloa
Injured: Schmeichel, Chilwell, Mendy
Doubtful: Slimani
Not available: Drinkwater
Middlesbrough (4-5-1): Valdes, Barragan, Chambers, Gibson, Da Silva, Traore, de Roon, Clayton, Forshaw, Ramirez, Negrego
Subs: Epinosa, Leadbitter, Rhodes, Fischer, Guzan, Downing, Nsue
Injured: Friend
Not available:

So far this season

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Leicester this season Middlesbrough this season
14th League Position 15th
3 (3) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (1)
3-0 vs. Burnley Biggest win 2-0 vs. Bournemouth
1 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (5)
4-1 vs. Man U Biggest Defeat 3-1 vs. Everton
Cristhian Stuani (3) Top scorer Islam Slimani (3)
Álvaro Negredo (3) Assist Leader Jamie Vardy (2)
Y25, R0 Discipline Y18, R0
3 Failures to score 4
3 Clean Sheets 3
7 Both Teams to Score Games 8
9 Over 2.5 Games 4
3 Under 2.5 Games 8
  • Leicester have dropped a fair few points in recent weeks. After week 10 of the campaign they were in 11th position with 12 points from 10 games. 2 games and 2 losses later they’ve slipped down to 14th place.
  • Middlesbrough have managed to secure a few good results on the road this year. They’ve picked up 2 away draws against some tough opposition in the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal.
  • Leicester have proven that they are as tough a team as any to beat at home; all of their victories this season have been at the King Power Stadium. Their away record has been well below par however, losing all 9 of their games on the road in the Premier League.
  • Middlesbrough travel to the King Power Stadium just 1 place behind the hosts. A win this Saturday afternoon would take them 2 points clear of the defending champions and give them their 2nd win in 5 games.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
25/01/2014 Championship Leicester 2 – 0 Middlesbrough J. Vardy 52′
03/08/2013 Championship Middlesbrough 1 – 2 Leicester L. Jutkiewicz 35′
18/01/2013 Championship Leicester 1 – 0 Middlesbrough D. Nugent 70′
29/09/2012 Championship Middlesbrough 1 – 2 Leicester N. Bailey 50′
01/02/2012 Championship Leicester 2 – 2 Middlesbrough D. Nugent 7′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

This one is definitely set to be an interesting encounter, with both teams playing for their places in the league. Leicester will have a bit of a spring in their step from their Champion’s victory earlier this week, however Middlesbrough have proven that they are a tough nut to crack, especially away from home. The bookies are currently tipping Leicester to hold onto their undefeated record at home, however there are currently some good prices showing for a draw, which is by no means an unlikely result. Top prices of 13/5 can be found at Paddy Power .