Leicester City v FC Porto tips: Success for Foxes in first ever Champions League home game
Champions League football comes to Leicester for the first time ever, however can the Foxes seal the three points on their home debut?
September 27th, 2016
Leicester may not be flying high in this season’s Premier League but they enjoyed an excellent opening to their Champions League campaign a fortnight ago when they put Club Brugge to the sword with a 3-0 win in Belgium, however they need to bounce back from their 4-1 weekend thrashing to Manchester United, a five-minute collapse in that game seeing them go into the break 4-0 down.
Following the final whistle, Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri was less than happy about the manner in which his side failed to concentrate during set-pieces.
“It is not possible to concede three goals from corners,” he said. “That means you are not concentrating. We are usually very solid at corners and free-kicks, it was very strange. Until now we have been very strong, we have made some mistakes. I can understand that they score with headers, that they are very tall, but to score a smart goal from a corner is not possible.”
The Leicester boss will be urging his men to wipe this defeat from their minds and concentrate fully on the matter in hand, that is winning tonight’s match in front of an expectant home support. Nevertheless they will be facing what are perhaps the strongest side in the group, the Portuguese seeing off Roma in the qualifying play-offs to make it through to the group stages.
While the visitors should not be written off, they struggled to contain FC Copenhagen in their Champions League opener and had to settle for a draw on that occasion, however they will certainly ask plenty of questions of a Foxes defence which have leaked eight goals in their last two outings.
Despite winning 3-0 away to Roma, the Portuguese aren’t at their best away from home with just two of their last six Champions League away games ending in victory. Leicester are pretty strong at the King Power Stadium and we believe that a capacity crowd can cheer them onto a second successive European victory tonight at odds of 13/10 with Paddy Power.
That may not seem like a generous price, however why not go for a Leicester win-to-nil at 11/4 with Coral, given that Ranieri will need to focus on his rearguard ahead of tonight’s match. The Foxes have been less than solid at the back although they have managed three clean sheets since the start of the season, one of these being against Arsenal last month.
Looking at goalscorers, Jamie Vardy would usually spring immediately to mind, however the England international was taken off at the interval in the defeat to Manchester United and he hasn’t managed to find the net in any of his last four appearances, therefore we’ll be looking to new-boy Islam Slimani to do the business for the hosts tonight, the 28-year-old getting himself off the mark by banging in a brace in the 3-0 win over Burnley.