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Reds set to inflict more misery on Leicester

Fri, Feb 24, 2:53pm by Staff Writer

Leicester’s round-26 home match against Liverpool will gain plenty of attention this weekend after the struggling Premier League champion sacked manager Claudio Ranieri on Friday.

Leicester said its board ‘reluctantly feels that a change of leadership, while admittedly painful, is necessary in the club’s greatest interest.’

The sacking comes just nine months after Leicester won their first ever Premier League title.

The side’s fortunes have changed dramatically since then and the Foxes are now just two points above the relegation zone in 17th spot on the ladder.

William Hill is tipping Liverpool to compound Leicester’s woes this round, paying $1.60 for a Reds win, $5.50 for a loss and $4 for a draw.

Chelsea host a much-improved Swansea as the league leaders look for their first win over the Welsh club this season.

Chelsea, who lead the Premier League by eight points, could only manage a 2-2 draw at Swansea in September.

Swansea appointed Paul Clement as manager last month and the former Chelsea assistant has already made his mark with a slicker looking line-up.

The smart money is still on Chelsea to take the points, with $1.22 for the win against $13 for a loss and $6 for a draw.

The Manchester derby between City and United was postponed after Manchester United booked a League Cup final appearance against Southampton the same weekend.

Arsenal were to have played Southampton this week, and the break could go either way for Arsene Wenger’s beleaguered Gunners.

The postponement gives Tottenham an opportunity to jump into second place with a home win over Stoke.

Spurs have looked in good form of late and should have no trouble dispatching Stoke, with $1.36 on offer for a win, $8.50 for a loss and $4.75 for a draw.

Everton are looking to extend their unbeaten Premier League streak to nine matches when they host Sunderland.

Last-placed Sunderland are on $8 for an unlikely win, with Everton at $1.40 and $4.60 for a draw.

Ronald Koeman’s men are in fine form, having scored 13 goals in just three Premier League matches on home soil so far in 2017 and the Toffees will fancy their chances of maintaining their superb scoring streak when they play host to the Black Cats.

West Bromwich Albion should take the points from their home encounter with Bournemouth.

Bournemouth have lost their last three games, taking just two points from a possible 18 this year and is paying $3.60 for a win, with West Brom at $2.05 and $3.40 for a draw.

Crystal Palace can’t count on home-ground advantage when they host Middlesbrough after winning just twice at home this season just four times in the last 14 months.

Regardless, Sam Allardyce’s side is expected to be too strong for 14th-placed Middlesbrough, paying $2.10 for a win and $4 for a loss with $3 for the draw.

In other matches, Hull should edge Burnely at home, paying $2.15 for a win, $3.60 for a loss and $3.20 for a draw.

Watford are no certainties to hold out West Ham at home, with $2.50 for a win against $2.80 for a loss and $3.30 for a draw.

Suggested Bet: Take Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham all to win at $2.65

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