Leicester looking good for win to end woeful Wednesday record
Championship leaders Leicester City have won just one of their last six home games against mid-table team Sheffield Wednesday.
Nigel Pearson’s Foxes boast the best record on their own turf this term, however, and have dropped just 11 points (including only one defeat) at the King Power Stadium, earning 46 of their 86 in total there. That is why Coral make the East Midlands outfit odds-on favourites at 4/9 for victory.
A combination of a win over Wednesday, QPR losing at in-form and firing Bournemouth, and a draw or defeat for Derby County at Steve McClaren’s former club Middlesbrough, would confirm that Leicester are in the Premier League next season.
In light of what literally looks to be the final hurdle for Pearson, Coral have already opened a special market on how the Foxes will fare on their return to the top-flight for 2014/15. They are odds-on at 2/5 to stay up, and 15/8 to be relegated straightaway.
Leicester are equal 5/6 chances to earn under or over 39.5 points in their first season back in the Premier League. Odds of 6/1 say they will make a top 10 finish, and 200/1 to crash the top six.
Pearson can seldom afford to sell Premier League skins before he has caught the Championship bear – or Owl, to make the metaphor fit his upcoming assignment.
Wednesday, despite that fine recent record against the Foxes, are 13/2 outsiders to snatch the points and delay their opponents’ inevitable promotion.
A draw, the result Leicester earned at play-off chances Wigan Athletic last time out, is a 16/5 shot, but the spoils have only been shared once in the last 13 meetings. Stuart Gray’s Owls have lost their last three on the road, so the Foxes look well set to continue that away misery.
Thoughts turn to likely scorers. Andy King netted on a rare start at the DW Stadium, and once bagged a brace in Leicester’s last home win over Wednesday. He is 3/1 for a goal anytime, and 25/1 for two or more here.
Foxes top-scorer David Nugent has never been on target for them against the Owls, but did grab a double when facing them in Preston colours. Back him to change all that by netting the opener at 4/1, or being on target twice or more at 5/2.
Veteran Kevin Phillips looks set to be an impact substitute, because Chris Wood is deputising for the injured Jamie Vardy. The evergreen frontman has a great return of seven in a dozen outings when facing Wednesday.
Odds of 11/10 say Phillips will grab a goal here, and take 4/1 if you fancy the 40-year-old to round off the scoring.
The Owls have been totally reliant on their strikers to record their last three wins over the Foxes. Leon Best looks their best bet of following in the footsteps of Connor Wickham and Leon Clarke, so back him for a goal anytime, after two in his last four Championship games, at 5/2.
A 2-1 Leicester victory, which would mirror Wednesday’s win in the reverse fixture, looks a sound investment at 15/2, because they have only kept one clean sheet in the last five.