By News Team
28th February 2020
After a bumper week of European football to consume, it’s time for the Premier League to once again take centre stage, kicking off with Leicester’s trip to take on Norwich on Friday night.
Leicester too short to get excited about
A huge 26 points separate Norwich and Leicester in the table, with the Foxes on track to qualify for the Champions League, though their pursuit of the title fizzled out thanks to Liverpool’s dominance.
It’s, therefore, no surprise to see Leicester priced up at 8/11 to win the game. However, three points on the road is no certainty for Brendan Rodgers and Co. after a tough few weeks on the pitch.
The Foxes have won just one of their previous six games in the league and even that came against an out-of-sorts West Ham side at the King Power Stadium back in January.
Defeats at Burnley and draws against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea have shown their frailties, with the absence of Wilfred Ndidi in the middle a major headache for Rodgers.
Vardy party to resume?
With Kelechi Iheanacho likely to miss Friday night’s game through injury, the pressure on Jamie Vardy – who has been linked with an England return – to find form again will be immense.
He may still be joint-top scorer in the Premier League with 17 goals, but he has failed to find the back of the net in his last nine games in all competitions, allowing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to catch up.
Vardy has been enhanced to 7/2 to score the first goal and you can be sure he will be doing everything he can to end his goalless streak in front of the travelling Leicester supporters.
Those expecting some James Maddison magic can also take advantage of the enhanced 9/1 available on him to score from outside the penalty box.
Back Buendia to bag an assist
While Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell have been the Norwich players grabbing the plaudits on the rare occasions the Canaries earn victory, its Emiliano Buendia who creates the most goals.
The Argentine, who has been forced to spend time on the bench in recent weeks, has created more chances than any other Norwich player and has been told to react to manager Daniel Farke’s ‘tough love’.
Having helped the club to promotion to the Premier League last season, he will be keen to help them remain there by being Norwich’s creative hub, with a return to the first team expected.
His magic could be imperative as to whether Norwich get anything out of the match and Buendia to grab an assist in the game is 7/2, with Pukki another striker looking to find the net once again.