Leicester vs Stoke City by Luke
It's obvious Leicester plays much better since the Italian coach left the position earlier this Year, as the team proved it away to West Ham last time out by taking 3:2 victory. They didn't have more of the ball possesion neither did threaten more than their opponents, but somehow looked like much more mature side and always knew what they wanted on the field.
The Foxes took the lead in 5th minute via Mahrez and doubled up the lead two minutes later via Huth, while the hosts temporarily replied via Lanzini in 20th minute, but Vardy reinstalled two goals lead before the halftime break. Players of West Ham only managed to reduce again, in 63rd via Ayew, but that was all. Leicester is now at fifteenth position having six points more than relegating worried Hull City and if they continue in the same manner, they'll be safe very earlier than the last rounds of Premier League.
Hosts should be playing in 4-4-2 formation with Vardy and Okazaki as forwards. Central defender Molla Wague (no performance for the first team for now anyway) remains injured, while doubtful for this match are central defender Wes morgan (27/1) and midfielder Nampalys Mendy (4/0).
Stoke City, on the other side, didn't manage to get a proper result in front of own fans against way more stronger and superior Chelsea last time out two weeks ago. Visitors took the lead in 13th minute via Willian, with the hosts responding in 38th from a penalty kick taken by Walters and managing to hold onto that result for a longer time.
However, Blues took the victory with a late goal from Cahil in 87th minute, deservedly must be said since they attacked and dominated the game for the most of the time, while the hosts stood playing with a man less in last moments of the game when defender Bardsley got excluded. Stoke is now at ninth position having twelve points more than relegated Hull, but without chances to get involved into the battle for European positions.
Visitors are set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation with Berahino as striker, plus Arnautovic, Allen and Sobhi as offensive midfielders. Midfielder Stephen Ireland (no pefrormance anyway) continues to be injured and long term absentee, while suspended for this match is right defender Phil Bardsley (15/0). Right back and sometimes central defender Glen Johnson (16/0) is doubtful.
- Leicester have scored at least 3 goals in their last 3 matches (Premier League).
Leicester have won four consecutive matches since Claudio Ranieri's sacking and I don't see the team stopping here. They are far away from a safe side in relegation battle and with competitive motive being on their side, I definitely see them a bit more motivated, but also a bit more quality side here.