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After six consecutive wins, it looked as if Leicester were beginning to build some serious momentum. However, the international break clearly came at completely the wrong time for Brenden Rodgers’ men as they’ve now lost two of their last three winless matches, with the exception coming as Jamie Vardy managed a last gasp equaliser against Braga a week ago.
The good news for the Foxes is that late equaliser has meant that they qualify for the last 32 of this competition with two matches to spare, and one win from their last two matches will ensure top spot in this group, and Zorya aren’t in the kind of form that should worry Leicester.
Although the international break came at the perfect time for the Ukrainian side, with them having won both games since by 3-0 scorelines, they are still quite a miserly W4-D5-L5 this season and currently sit in the bottom half of the Premier League.
What’s more, all three of their league victories, albeit by convincing margins, all came against the current bottom four in the league, so we’re sceptical of their chances here, especially seeing as they went down 3-0 in the reverse fixture.
Although it seems as though Leicester may be heading into a tricky patch, they still undoubtedly have the quality to pick up all three points in this game, so we’re surprised to see them as long as they are.
Leicester To Win And Both Teams To Score
While the number of goals has started to decrease in England, and across Europe, as the season has worn on, Leicester still often see a fair few high scoring games. Indeed, on the road, the Foxes have seen a minimum of three goals in six of seven matches now, while at all venues it’s still a high 11 of 15 matches that has seen ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ come in.
While Zorya rarely face sides of Leicester’s quality, they still have to go toe to toe with Dynamo Kiev and Shakhtar Donetsk in their domestic league, both of whom they’ve scored against and actually taken a point off.
Scoring six since the international break will fill them with confidence, and we certainly wouldn’t be surprised if they scored here against a side that have let in two or more in each of their three matches since returning from international duty.
Harvey Barnes To Score Anytime
What works in Zorya’s favour, even more, is the likelihood that Brendan Rodgers will ring the changes with the fixtures still coming thick and fast.
The likes of Jamie Vardy and James Maddison could be benched with qualification already secured, though Harvey Barnes will likely be playing from the off having been benched on Monday night and coming on to score a consolation.
That’s now two in two for the Englishman as he looks to have come on leaps and bounds this term. He looks a good price to add to his tally here and cement his place in Rodgers’ first team.