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It’s not been the start of the season that Zorya would have hoped for after a blistering campaign last year. They’ve won just one of their opening six matches and sit ninth in the table, and it’s not exactly going to get much easier here.
Leicester have gone off the boil after an explosive start to the season as they look to go one better than their fifth places finish last term.
Leicester To Win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1
Successive defeats to nil when hosting West Ham and Aston Villa is not what Brendan Rodgers would have been expecting after their 5-2 demolition of Man City, though there will be serious questions asked if the Foxes can’t get back to winning ways here, though it may not be as straightforward as you might think.
In July last year Zorya appointed former Werder Bremen boss Viktor Skripnik, who’s 1.67 points per game from his 45 matches in charge is the best record for any Zorya manager in history.
What’s more, in the two previous seasons that the Ukrainian side made the Europa League group stages (2016/17 and 2017/18), they managed to keep games tight despite a dismal W2-D2-L8 record across those two seasons.
11 of those 12 games saw less than three goals at an average of just 1.83 per game, despite facing all of Man United, Fenerbahçe, Feyenoord and Athletic Bilbao.
Noticeably, Zorya only have five goals in the Europa League, with four of those coming on home soil so although they might not get taken to the cleaners, they shouldn’t prove too much of a threat to the Leicester backline.
Jamie Vardy will almost certainly be out for this clash as even if he is declared fit, they wouldn’t risk him here when they have Arsenal at the weekend.
Without their talisman the Foxes looked devoid of any attacking potency when facing Villa on Sunday, with Kelechi Iheanacho an Islam Slimani not even close to the levels required.
Leicester To Win And Under 2.5 Goals
Without that goalscoring prowess that Vardy brings, we’re reluctant to get behind the Leicester on a handicap, especially considering they’re now goalless in two.
They should, however, prove too much for the Ukrainians all things considered and a bet to get behind the narrow Leicester win looks the way to go.
The Multibet exact score looks to hold value in case Zorya manage to find a way through one way or another, and at a longer price the match result and ‘Unders’ looks worth backing.