[18th-Apr-15] Match Preview: Leicester City – Swansea City
Leicester City will be without the services of Zoumana Bagayoko and Conrad Logan, both of whom have long-term injuries while Matt Upson is fit to return to the squad. Swansea are without the suspended Neil Taylor, while Bafetimbi Gomis, the man many see as the replacement for the sold Wilfried Bony, will be out injured after picking up a hamstring problem in last weekend’s fixture against Everton.
An improbable 3 goal win for the Foxes could see them not only lift themselves off the bottom of the table, but out of the bottom 3 for the first time since November. In addition, 3 of their remaining 7 fixtures are against the 3 teams directly above them, giving Leicester a good shot at a great escape. By contrast Swansea have now equaled their best ever finish in the Premier League on 47 points following last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Everton. Gary Monk’s quiet and strong Swansea have been the most impressive side in the mid-table so far this season, needing only a draw out of their last 6 games to break that Premier League club record for points in a season.
Swansea have failed to win at Leicester in the Football League in their last 10 trips with the Swans’ last win coming in 1950. Swansea do come into the game on the back of 3 straight unbeaten but have failed to go 4 straight unbeaten since the start of 2013. The 2-0 loss at West Brom in February was also the only match in the last 10 on the road for Swansea in which they have filed to score in. Swansea have also only kept 3 clean sheets in their last 14 games, but those 3 clean sheets have all come away from the Liberty Stadium.
Leicester are trying to win 3 straight Premier League games since the last time they were in the Premier League over 10 years ago in 2000. Their 8 goals in their last 3 games equals their tally in the 10 preceding matches. The Foxes also had 3 more points in their previous Season in the Premier League in 2003-2004 than they have now but even then they were still relegated at season’s end.
Prediction: Leicester look to be coming on at the right time but Swansea are no pushovers. High-scoring, open game.