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Leicester have been going about their business quietly this season, though in truth have been absolutely exceptional as they’ve maintained their high standards with just one defeat in their last 16 games.
They come into this second leg off an impressive 2-1 victory over midlands rivals Aston Villa, even if their opponents were missing captain Jack Grealish.
The 0-0 draw in the first leg has kept this tie very much in the balance, though the lack of an away goal for the Foxes means they have to come out and win this game.
Slavia Prague sit top of the Czech league by a comfortable eight-point margin as they’ve managed to remain unbeaten from their 20 domestic games so far.
It’s not been as easy in Europe though as they’ve won just four of their nine matches when including Champions League qualification, and when facing English opposition they don’t have the best record.
They’ve lost four of their five visits to England and conceded a huge 15 goals across those four defeats, the most recent coming as a 4-3 defeat at Stamford Bridge in the 2018/19 Europa League to eventual winners Chelsea, though we’d be surprised if they could cause this Leicester backline as much trouble as they did in that game.
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The Foxes have conceded just twice in total across their last six outings, and after a sluggish start to the season on home soil, they’ve now won four of their last five games at the King power which should stand them in good stead here against a team that have struggled on the road at times this campaign.
The Czech outfit have won 12 of their 15 unbeaten games at the Eden Arena this season, though have already lost three times on the road in Europe this campaign, conceding 11 goals across those defeats to Midtjylland, Hapoel Be'er Sheva and Bayer Leverkusen.
On that basis it’s certainly not inconceivable that Brendan Rogers’ chargers manage a couple of goals here on their way to victory.
James Maddison is touch and go for this game having been withdrawn at the weekend against Aston Villa, and although Rogers’ insists the change was made as a precaution, he also confirmed that it was the same hip injury that Maddison had been operated on last season.
Regardless, Leicester still have a strong 50% win rate when Maddison has been out of the side in the league since the start of last season (52% when he does start), so we think they’ll be able to cope, and considering all three Slavia Praha defeats this season have come by at least two clear goals, the same outcome is extremely well priced here.
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