Hull City v Leicester City tips – Three points for reigning champions
A routine win on Saturday should point the way towards another great season for the Foxes
August 10th, 2016
The 2016/17 Premier League springs into life this weekend and who better to kick-start the action than shock 2015/16 winners Leicester City as they journey to the KC Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.
Bill Shankly famously proclaimed that Carlisle United’s promotion to the top flight of English football was ‘The greatest feat in the history of the game’. Most Leicester City fans will now disagree. Under the guidance of manager Caludio Ranieri, the Foxes went from a club tipped for relegation to the Premier League winners, an accolade won through sheer hard work and team spirit. Who knows whether they can manage another massive shock and grab for themselves the Premier League title for a second successive season. We doubt very much that they can, however they can get their campaign off to the best possible start when they face Hull City this weekend.
Many expected Leicester’s key players to drift off to pastures new and N’Golo Kante did indeed leave for Chelsea, however Vardy remains at the King Power Stadium and Mahrez is still on the books as the Midlands side look forward to another season of success.
They will face a Tigers side which managed promotion via the play-offs at the end of last season. Despite returning to the Premier League at the first time of asking, Hull City are a club in turmoil both in the boardroom and on the pitch. Steve Bruce has left to replaced in a temporary capacity by Mike Phelan and a host of player injuries doesn’t bode well for the next few games. The pre-season campaign was less than impressive and morale will be at a low heading into this game.
Despite this, the bookies are pretty cautious about a Leicester City win and you can back the Foxes at a pretty healthy 11/10 with Betfair to seal the three points in this opening Premier League clash. Ranieri’s men may have lost to Manchester United in the pre-season Community Shield but they were hardly dominated by the Red Devils in that fixture and should prove too much of a handful for Hull City to deal with.
Jamie Vardy was grabbing the headlines for Leicester City last season and we expect him to come to the fore once again in 2016/17, starting with a goal or two at the KC Stadium on Saturday. Vardy managed 24 goals last season and despite enduring a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign, we expect him to impress in this opening fixture against a Tigers defence which will be severely lacking due to injuries. At odds of 17/10 with BetVictor, we recommend backing Vardy on the Anytime Goalscorer market on Saturday.