Leicester City hosts Brighton & Hove Albion at the King Power Stadium on June 23, 2020.
Leicester drew with Watford, 1-1, in their first assignment back since the English Premier League went into a three-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. It marked the fifth time in six games that the Foxes dropped points. Leicester has one win, three draws, and two losses during that period. On the other hand, Brighton upped their chances of returning to the Premier League next season after they picked up a 2-1 win over Arsenal in their first game back from the break. The Seagulls head to this match five points over the bottom three, before the Aston Villa vs Chelsea game.
Leicester City enters this weekday matchup with a record of 16 wins, 6 draws, and 8 losses. They are currently in third place in the English Premier League team standings with a total of 54 points. They are six points behind second-place Manchester City and are a far 29 points behind league leader Liverpool. The Foxes only have two wins in their last nine matches and they have left the door open for Chelsea to beat them to the final Champions League spot.
In their last assignment, Leicester City was disappointed to leave Saturday’s home match against Watford with a 1-1 draw. Leicester had 15 shots but only two were on target. The Foxes controlled 68% of possession time and also had seven corner kicks. Ben Chilwell scored what looked like the winning goal in the 90th minute but Watford’s Craig Dawson to deliver the equalizer three minutes later.
Jamie Vardy leads Leicester City with a total of 19 goals on the season. Ayoze Perez has scored a total of seven goals this term while James Maddison has netted six times. Harvey Barnes leads the team with six assists while also scoring six goals while Youri Tielemans has five assists and three goals this term. Vardy has also contributed four assists for the Foxes.
Leicester City is the third-best scoring team in England with a total of 59 goals this season. Their defense is also ranked third overall with 29 goals conceded and their +30 goal difference is also #3 in the Premier League. The Foxes have issued a total of 42 assists this term.
Brighton head to this match in 15th place in the English Premier League team standings. They have a record of 7 wins, 11 draws, and 12 losses for 32 total points this season. Brighton has put themselves five points above the danger zone and they hope to get more points to ensure their return to the top flight next season. However, they will need to step up here as the Seagulls have picked up just a total of 11 points from their away games this season. Brighton is winless in their last seven matches with four draws during that period.
In their last match played, Brighton picked up its first league win of 2020 after ten tries. They are just 1-6-3 over that period and their 2-1 win over Arsenal last weekend should be a morale booster. Brighton only had 42% of possession time against Arsenal but they made the most of it with six shots on target, converting on two. Lewis Dunk netted the equalizer in the 75th minute while Neal Maupay stunned Arsenal by converting on a pretty feed.
Neal Maupay leads Brighton & Hove Albion with a total of nine goals on the year. Lewis Dunk and Leandro Trossard each have netted three times for Brighton. Pascal Gross leads the team with four assists while also scoring two goals while Dunk and Trossard each have three assists for the squad.
Brighton ranks 12th in scoring with a total of 34 goals scored this season. They are also 10th in defense with a total of 41 goals conceded. The Seagulls have a total of 20 assists this term, good for 14th overall. Their goal difference of -7 is also ranked 12th in the English Premier League.
Demarai Gray and Kelechi Iheanacho came off the bench against Watford but both should be pushing to play in the starting XI on Tuesday night. Denis Praet has recovered from a calf injury and could be an option for Rodgers. Likewise, Ayoze Perez who did not suit up against the Hornets could figure in a role in the starting XI. However, Ricardo Pereira is expected to miss the rest of the season for Leicester City.
For Brighton, Solly March could play after Aaron Mooy suffered an ankle injury against the Gunners and missed the second half of the match. Unless Graham Potter decides to make drastic changes for this mid-week match, the rest of the starting lineup should be the same for Brighton.
Brighton should be feeling good about themselves after their dramatic win over a tough opponent in Arsenal and should head to this match with plenty of momentum. However, Leicester City isn’t Arsenal and while the Foxes aren’t title contenders this season, they are ought to prove that they are among the league’s elites and will be among the teams to watch next year.
The Seagulls do not enjoy playing against Leicester City as they are winless in their last five matches against the Foxes with four losses during that period.
The last time these teams played was on November 23, 2019, and Leicester City won that match 2-0. Brighton has lost seven out of its last 12 away matches in England.
I think that Brighton is going to struggle here and Leicester City is going to take advantage of their mistakes. I think that we will be seeing these teams score more than two goals in this match with Leicester City owning most of the scores and ending up with the three points in this Tuesday matchup.
PREDICTION: LEICESTER CITY
The total has gone over 2.5 goals in five out of the last six English Premier League home matches played by Leicester City. The total has also gone over 2.5 goals in seven out of the last 11 away matches of Brighton in England.
PREDICTION: OVER 2.5 GOALS
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