Hull City vs Leicester by Ashjkc
Leicester has surely lost the services of Ngolo Kante, but has made the acquisition of Mendy, who is quicckly adapting to the playstyle of the last EPL champions. Nigerian man Ahmed Musa is already proving his potential by scoring a brace against Barcelona. Leicester still plays with the same composure, dynamism, efficiency and effectiveness that helped them win the league in the previous season. They surely lost against a superior M.United but they have played with great team spirit. The team is almost fully prepared and set against Hull, with the exception of defender Huth, who serves his last 3-games ban this afternoon. I believe that Leicester will make quite some changes to the side which lost the community shield, with the placement of Hernandez and Wes Morgan defending strongly against Hull. Vardy and Okazaki are the usual options upfront.
Hull are the on the contrary, tehnically the extreme outsider to win the EPL. It is currently managerless and is the only [I stress on ONLY] premier league side which has not acquired players at all during the transfer period. The other negative factor is the number of missing and unavailable players: Allan McGregor, Michael Dawson, Moses Odubajo, Alex Bruce, Harry Maguire[doubtful], Shaun Maloney [doubtful] is way too long for an EPL kickoff against a crowned-champion side. There is no doubt that morale will be extremely low this afternoon for the newly promoted side.
BBC Match of the Day commentor even argued that: "There can't ever have been a more scrambled preparation for a Premier League season than Hull City's.
"What should be a day of celebration and optimism will instead be one of protest against the club's owners, which - although entirely justified and understandable - will only make things harder for caretaker manager Mike Phelan and his woefully thin squad.
"Leicester, meanwhile, look to have strengthened - even after N'Golo Kante's departure. Claudio Ranieri has cover for every position, and although he insists that an alien visit is more likely than a title defence, they should be up there somewhere.
"Given the Tigers' turmoil, the champions might even lead after the first weekend."
Even Hull manager says it's too difficult to win by this statement:
Hull caretaker manager Mike Phelan on whether his squad is capable of competing with Leicester: "I would say no, simply because of the injuries - and the injuries are not short term. Most of them are longer term than we expected.
"It's a small squad, but small squads before have worked well together. There definitely need to be additions to this football club.
"At the moment it is all purely picking up the phones, trying to find the targets - new targets because people we went for earlier in the pre-season have now moved on and gone to other clubs.
"We have to start again, I know it's a short window, the pressure is on now to do some business."
This is equally my opinion that Hull will be trashed badly this afternoon and because of the lack of preparation, there will be a lot of goalscoring opportunity by Leicester.
Such a price will rarely be available for such a game scenario. Leicester to win at odds 1.91 against a side which is coming to the EPL unprepared is a gift to punters. Cheers, Ashjkc
|Leicester FT win||Bet365||1.91||9||2-1 LOST (-9 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.