Fulham – Leicester SOCCER PICKS
Fulham and Leicester City meet at Craven Cottage, in a match for the 15th round of the Premier League. There is no record of direct confrontations between these two teams in the last 3 years. The last match was played on 10-29-2013 and ended with the score: Leicester City (4-3) Fulham. In this game the home factor may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results achieved at home and as a visitor.
The home team is currently in the 20 th position of the league, with 8 points won, after 2 wins, 2 draws and 10 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Southampton, by (3-2). In the last match, they lost in an away match against Chelsea, by (2-0). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 1 draw and 11 losses in away matches; against 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 defeats in his stadium. In the last 6 home league matches Fulham has a record of 2 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses, so they have won 7 points out of 18 possible. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-1 (3 out of 6 matches). Their defense has not been very solid, since they suffered at least one goal in each of the last 10 matches for this competition. This is a team that scores only few times and was only able to open the scoring in 3 of its last 14 matches for the Premier League, of these 3 came to rest in advantage in 2 and won at the end of the 90 ‘in 1. In 14 matches in this competition, he only got 1 comeback in the 11 games in which he suffered the first goal.
Fulham left for this match with a 2-0 defeat against Chelsea, registering the third slight in the last four matches played in the English championship. The last victory won was against Southampton, 3-2. In this home game, coach Claudio Ranieri must organize his team in a 4-4-2, benefiting possession of the ball and organized attacks, mainly on the flanks. Aleksandar Mitrovic is the great highlight of Fulham, with 7 goals scored in the English championship. For this game the local coach can count on all his players.
After 6 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses, the away team is currently in the 8 th position, with 21 points won. In the last match, they have won at home against Watford by (2-0), after in the previous match they have tied tied in an away match against Brighton & Hove Albion, by (1-1). This is a team that, oddly enough, was better stronger than at home, as in the last 30 matches they register 7 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses in away matches; against 5 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses at their stadium. In the last 7 away league matches Leicester City has a record of 3 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses, so they have won 10 points out of 21 possible. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 14 matches in this competition, they have only 2 comebacks in the 8 matches in which they have suffered the first goal. In the last 9 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 5 of their 10 goals between minutes (76’-90 ‘).
Leicester City comes into this game with a 2-0 victory at the Watford reception, returning to the triumphs after two straight matches without beating the English championship: the goals were scored by Jamie Vardy and James Maddison. Outside the home team, the visiting team has only 3 wins in 7 matches. In this game away from home coach Claude Puel will have to maintain the usual 4-2-3-1, benefiting a low block and passes in depth towards Jamie Vardy: this player is the great highlight of the visiting team, with 5 goals scored. For this game the coach can not count on Amartey, Maguire and Ghezzal, all with physical problems.