Leicester vs Napoli: Foxes yet to fire

Leicester vs Napoli: Foxes yet to fire

Kick-off: 2000, 16/09/2021

Stadium: King Power Stadium

TV: BT Sport

Leicester are yet to find their best form this season and look short of confidence as their Europa League campaign gets under way on Thursday night.

The Foxes have lost two of their first four matches in the Premier League, losing 4-1 at West Ham last month and 1-0 at home to Manchester City on Saturday.

Napoli are flying high in Serie A so we think the Foxes may have to settle for a draw at 12/5 as our opening Leicester vs Napoli prediction.

A Look At Leicester City’s Betting Odds

It has not been a terrible start for Leicester thanks to wins against Wolves and Norwich but the inconsistent Foxes are yet to find their rhythm.

Kasper Schmeichel kept them in the game against the champions at the weekend but they were eventually undone by a Bernardo Silva goal as City gained revenge for their Community Shield defeat last month.

Leicester did cause City a few problems early in the second half but a Harvey Barnes header hit the top of the bar before Jamie Vardy had a goal correctly ruled out for offside after rounding Ederson.

Barnes and James Maddison are still to score or produce an assist this season while Kelechi Iheanacho, who ended last season in such good form, is yet to be handed a start.

New signing Patson Daka has only made one appearance off the bench too so Leicester have looked too reliant on Vardy once more.

Manager Brendan Rodgers may opt to freshen things up but that would mean bringing in players who are short of game time so chances may be at a premium against a well-organised defence.

With that in mind, backing under 2.5 goals at 21/20 looks a worthy pick from the Leicester vs Napoli odds.

A Look At Napoli’s Betting Odds

Napoli ended last season with a nine-match unbeaten run which propelled them up to fifth place and they finished just two points behind Serie A runners-up AC Milan.

That momentum has been maintained under new boss Luciano Spalletti, who has begun his reign with three straight wins, the most notable of which saw them come from behind at half-time to beat Juventus 2-1 on Saturday.

Only one of their six goals has been scored in the first half and that came in the 39th minute at Genoa so a cagey opening could be in store.

Leicester may take some time to get going if Rodgers freshens up his line-up and we’re expecting a slow burner at the King Power Stadium.

For our final Leicester vs Napoli prediction, let’s back a goalless first half at 2/1.

Additional stats

Last result:

LEICESTER 0-1 Man City

NAPOLI 2-1 Juventus – Matteo Politano, Kalidou Koulibaly

Head-to-head: N/A

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