Leicester – Brentford Predictions
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Leicester 2-2 Brentford
Date: 07.08.2022 | Match at: 14:00 | League: ENGLAND: PREMIER LEAGUE – ROUND 1 | Tip: Under 3.5 Goals | Odds: 1.39 | Bookie: Unibet.
Leicester – Brentford Match Preview
- When Leicester City beat Wolves 1-0 on the opening day of last season, fans and pundits alike were marvelling at the success manager Brendan Rodgers, with an FA Cup and Community Shield in the trophy cabinet, was delivering to the King Power Stadium. However, a sobering eighth place finish last campaign presented the Foxes with a dose of reality, with zero summer signings likewise contributing to a sense of apprehension brewing in the East Midlands.
- Only Manchester City (3.29) saw more goals on average per game than Brendan Rodgers’ side last season (3.18), so fans of the Foxes might be hoping for another goal-soaked encounter if they are to overcome a typically resilient Brentford this Sunday. In fact, Leicester won 2-1 in both legs of this fixture last season – the only occasions these sides have met in the league since the turn of the century.
- Thomas Frank’s visiting men will be attempting to avoid second-season syndrome when they raise the curtain on their 2022/23 campaign. After failing to win away from home in the league for five months between October and March, the Bees assembled an impressive final six games on the road to conclude their debut Premier League season (W4, L2) – including a brilliant 4-1 thrashing of West London rivals Chelsea.
- The free transfer of Burnley captain Ben Mee will certainly bolster Brentford’s back line as they look for their first win over Leicester since 1953, and perhaps correct the alarming statistic that the West Londoners conceded the opening goal in 13 of their 19 away games last season – only Everton and Southampton fared worse.
- Players to watch: With no new Leicester additions to keep an eye on, look out for James Maddison to continue his fine form from last season – he scored in both games of this fixture last campaign. Meanwhile, eight of Brentford striker Ivan Toney’s 14 competitive goals last season came away from home.
- Hot stat: Five of Leicester’s previous six competitive wins saw both teams score.