Leicester City vs Brighton and Hove AlbionEnglish Premier League, KO: 18:00 Jun 23, 2020, King Power Stadium
BRIGHTON gave their survival hopes a massive shot in the arm by beating Arsenal but now face a tougher task when they visit high-flying Leicester.
I fancied the Seagulls for a weekend win thanks to Arsenal's injury and suspension troubles and they came up trumps, although Neal Maupay made me sweat until stoppage-time before grabbing the winner.
It was a much-needed triumph for Graham Potter's men, who had gone 10 games without a win before lockdown, and other results went their way at the bottom to help them move five points clear of danger.
They might need that cushion over the next few weeks as four of their next five games are against sides in the top five – Leicester, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City.
It looked like the Foxes would return with a win on Saturday when Ben Chilwell rifled home the opener in the last minute at Watford. But they conceded a leveller in stoppage-time, with my hunch of both teams to score being proved correct when it looked like neither side would get on the scoresheet.
The dropped points allowed Chelsea to move within three points of Brendan Rodgers' side so the Foxes boss (below) will be determined to avoid another slip-up against the Seagulls as his side bid to finish in third.
How the bookies view it
Despite their triumph at the weekend, Brighton are 9/2 outsiders with BetVictor for a win at the King Power while the draw is 29/10 with Unibet. Leicester's best price is 3/4 with Genting while a Foxes win to nil is priced 7/4 at Sportingbet. Rodgers' men have kept clean sheets in their last two home games so that price looks pretty decent.
Recent head to head
Leicester are unbeaten in their last five meetings with Brighton, winning four of those games, and claimed a 2-0 victory at Amex earlier this season (below).
They have also beaten the Seagulls in the last two games at the King Power, although the Brighton's last victory in this fixture came in a 4-1 thrashing at Leicester's home back in 2014.
Players to watch
With the short turnaround between games, both managers could make a few changes. Winger Demarai Gray impressed off the bench for Leicester at Watford and may get the nod here. He's 3-1 for anytime scorer at Paddy Power but may offer better value for an assist at 5/1 with Ladbrokes, given he got one at the weekend.
Maupay was Brighton's livewire against Arsenal and looks their best bet for a goal here. The Frenchman is 13/5 with Betway to claim his 10th of the season.
Anything else catch the eye?
Both sides aren't renowned for putting the boot in so try under 2.5 cards at evens with Bet365. I didn't get much joy from corner bets at the weekend but I'm drawn to the 3/1 William Hill are offering here on each team winning over one corner in each half. Brighton won 10 corners against Arsenal and Leicester seven in their clash at Watford so that seems overpriced.
This English Premier League match between Leicester City and Brighton and Hove Albion will be played on Jun 23, 2020 and kick off at 18:00. Check below for our tipsters best Leicester City vs Brighton and Hove Albion prediction.