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Swansea to slow down Leicester title challenge

| 24.04.2016

Leicester City go in to their game with Swansea City knowing they need just eight more points to secure the Premier League.

However, recent results suggests that the Swans will be able to pick up a surprise victory against the 1/2 favourites for the title.

In their last three meetings with teams in the top half of the table, the Welsh club have gone unbeaten.

Furthermore, they have won two of those encounters, besting Arsenal 2-1 and Chelsea 1-0.

The fact that they are playing away from home also works in Francesco Guidolin’s favour, with his side only losing one of their last four outings on the road and winning twice.

Similarly, Leicester needed a late controversial penalty to earn a draw against West Ham in their last match and this ended a run of five wins without conceding.

It appears the Foxes are not as an invincible as it once appeared and their cause will further be hampered by the loss of Jamie Vardy.

The England international game will miss the match through suspension following his sending off against the Hammers.

Claudio Ranieri sets his team up around Vardy, utilising the forward’s pace, while his likely replacement Leonardo Ulloa doesn’t offer such agility and this is likely to have a detrimental effect on the league-leader’s tactics.

Defenders of the Foxes will point out that they beat Swansea 3-0 when they met at the Liberty Stadium earlier in the term.

However, that result was solely inspired by Riyad Mahrez, with his hat-trick enough to defeat the Swans.

Mahrez is not in the type of blistering form he had when he took apart Ashley Williams and company and Ranieri won’t be able to rely solely on the winger.

The Algerian international has only found the net once in his last five appearances, while he has just three goals to his name in 2016.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.