EPL Betting Preview: Leicester City vs. Norwich City – Friday, February 28, 2020

by Boris Angelov | February 26, 2020 |

Leicester City (-130 @ BetOnline) will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they visit rock-bottom Norwich City (+330 @ BetOnline) on Friday, 28 February 2020. 

Even though the Canaries were not so far away to hold off Liverpool’s push right after the winter break, Daniel Farke's men have failed to score in their last three Premier League matches. 

The Foxes, on the other hand, have won only one of their last six Premier League matches and are winless in four (2 draws, 2 defeats) in all competitions. 

Norwich City have surprisingly ended Leicester City's eight-game winning streak when these two sides met earlier in the season – 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium on 14 December 2019. However, the Foxes have won three of their last four matches against Norwich City, with the Canaries’ last victory dating back in March 2011. 

Norwich City Betting Preview 

Norwich City have won just once in their last 14 Premier League matches, losing eight, and remain seven points off safety. If they don't win the majority of their 11 remaining Premier League games, last season's Championship winners will quickly return to the second tier of English football. 

The Canaries are constantly in the relegation zone since Matchweek 8 and they occupy the last (20th) position since a 1-0 loss at Aston Villa on Boxing Day. 

Daniel Farke is without the long-term injured goalkeeper Timm Klose, full-back Sam Byram and winger Onel Hernandez, while German defender Christoph Zimmermann is a doubt. With that said, Daniel Farke is expected to continue with the center-back pair of Grant Hanley and Ben Godfrey. 

Emiliano Buendia, who was left on the bench in the last three matches, will most likely return to the starting lineup as the Argentinian will start for Lukas Rupp. 

After he scored in back-to-back league games against AFC Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur last month, Norwich City's top goalscorer Teemu Pukki (11 goals in 26 EPL matches) will be keen to end his goal-scoring drought, as the Finland forward failed to score in his last three league appearances.

You can get odds of +120 @ BetOnline on Teemu Pukki to score against Leicester City on Friday. 

Leicester City Betting Preview 

Brendan Rodgers' men have failed to score in their last two matches since the winter break and they'll hope to score for the first time since a 2-2 home draw with Chelsea on 1 February. 

Leicester City have won only two of their last nine matches in all competitions and this includes a disappointing defeat to Aston Villa in the League Cup semi-finals. However, the Foxes still find themselves in an excellent position to claim Champions League football next season as they remain six points above fourth-placed Chelsea and nine points above fifth-placed Manchester United.

Jamie Vardy will try to score for the first time since a 3-1 loss at Manchester City before Christmas, meaning that the Leicester City ace has failed to score in his last eight appearances. However, the 33-years-old Englishman remains one of the leading goalscorers in the Premier League this season (17 goals and four assists in 25 matches) and BetOnline rate him at -153 to score at anytime.

Brendan Rodgers is without injured midfielders Daniel Amartey and Nampalys Mendy, but Hamza Choudhury should come back after suspension as he was sent-off in the goalless draw at Wolves. 

Wilfred Ndidi returned to training and if the Nigerian is fully fit, he should start as a defensive midfielder behind James Maddison and either one of Youri Tielemens or Dennis Praet. However, Brendan Rodgers revealed that the club will be cautious over rushing Wilfred Ndidi back into the starting lineup.

Leicester City's boss fielded a 3-5-2 formation against Manchester City last weekend, but will likely revert to his preferred 4-1-4-1 against Norwich City. 

Possible Starting Lineups of Norwich City and Leicester City 

Norwich City: Tim Krul – Max Aarons, Ben Godfrey, Grant Hanley, Jamal Lewis – Alexander Tettey, Kenny McLean – Emiliano Buendia, Ondrej Duda, Todd Cantwell – Teemu Pukki. (4-2-3-1) 

Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel – Ben Chilwell, Caglar Soyuncu, Jonny Evans, Ricardo Pereira – Hamza Choudhury – Harvey Barnes, James Maddison, Dennis Praet, Ayoze Perez – Jamie Vardy. (4-1-4-1) 

Betting Prediction 

Manchester City already lost at the Carrow Road earlier this season and leaders Liverpool also had some difficulties to win there 1-0 two weeks ago. This pretty much suggests that Brendan Rodgers' side simply cannot afford to underestimate their opposition, even though Norwich City are rock bottom, and we believe Leicester City's comprehensive quality should be sufficient enough to end their winless run. 

Spooky Express Free Pick: Leicester City -130 @ BetOnline for 7/10 Units 

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