Leicester City v Brighton and Hove Albion Preview : Seagulls Eyeing Safety
- The King Power Stadium, Leicester
- Wednesday 23 June: 6pm KO
- Live on Sky Sports
Leicester City drew their first game since the Premier League season resumed. Our preview looks ahead to their home game against Brighton and Hove Albion, who did their chances of avoding relegation the power of good with a home win over Arsenal.
Foxes Closing in on Return to Champions League
Leicester City haven't been in the best of form this year but still look on their way to clinching Champions League qualification. They so nearly won at Watford on Saturday but a last gasp equalizer saw them return home with just a point. That makes it just one win in the last five league games and their chances of claiming second place from Manchester City is looking unlikely. Before Pep Guardiola's side took on Burnley on Monday, they led Leicester by six points and with a much better goal difference.
The Foxes therefore just need to ensure they finish in the top four (or top five if Manchester City remain banned from Europe next season). At the time of writing this preview, Leicester are a healthy eight points clear of Manchester United who are fifth. City have won nine home league games this season and two of the last four. Five of the last six home league fixtures has seen over 2.5 goals scored. That looks a good bet to make here in what should be an open game.
Leicester will want to end the season with a run of good form. They also have an FA Cup quarter final coming up, so it looks like being a busy end to the season. They certainly wouldn't have minded being in this position when the season started ten months ago.
Seagulls Looking to Maintain Momentum
The weekend looked as if it might be a bad one for Brighton. They trailed Arsenal 1-0 at home in the second half but fought back to win the game 2-1. More misery for the Gunners but a great result for the Seagulls. The victory took them to 32 points, five above the relegation zone and with a better goal difference. Now they need to build on that result.
That might not be too easy though as Brighton hae only won two away Premier League games this season and none this year. The last three have been drawn though with decent results at Wolves and Sheffield United. A point at Leicester would be very welcome though and help them in their battle to avoid relegation.
Brighton do regularly score on their travels, only failing to do so twice in their last 11 away league games. The problem is they struggle to keep clean sheets on the road with just one in the last 12 in the league. Leicester know a couple more wins should be enough to take them into the Champions League. They have a good chance of winning this game and getting an important home league win.
- Ten of the last 15 Leicester City home games in the Premier League have seen over 2.5 goals scored.
- Leicester City have scored in 12 of their last 14 home league games, only Liverpool and Manchester City kept clean sheets.
- The Foxes have only won one of their last five league fixtures.
- Nine out of 15 Leicester City home league games have been won this season.
- Brighton and Hove Albion have only lost one of their last six league games.
- The Seagulls have only won two out of 15 away league matches.
- The last three Brighton away league games have all ended in draws but they have gone seven without a win.
- Those three draws just mentioned include avoiding defeat at both Wolves and Sheffield United, both in the top seven.
- Brighton have scored in nine of their last 11 away league games with both teams scoring in each of those fixtures.
- However, the Seagulls have conceded in all but one of their last 12 away league fixtures.