Leicester City vs. Slavia Prague – Europa League, February 25, 2021
Following a closely-fought goalless draw in the first leg, Leicester City hosts Slavia Prague for the second leg of their Europa League Round of 32 tie on Thursday, February 25.
The Czech champions gave a good account of themselves last week, although the Foxes’ EPL quality is expected to shine through this time around.
I share my Leicester City vs. Slavia Prague prediction and betting pick below. But first, let’s check out the bookmakers’ odds.
Leicester City vs. Slavia Prague Odds
You can’t exactly blame the leading online sportsbooks for making Leicester (1.51) the overwhelming favorite to win this one, but Slavia Prague (6.25) will surely be confident of upsetting the odds.
Given that Jindrich Trpisovsky’s side pushed the Foxes all the way last week, the big price for the draw (3.95) is bound to generate plenty of interest.
Leicester City vs. Slavia Prague Preview
Three days after securing a goalless draw in Prague, Leicester cemented their status as one of the EPL’s in-form teams by claiming a hard-fought win over Aston Villa.
Goals from James Maddison and Harvey Barnes got the job done on Sunday, with the former taking his tally for the season to 11 goals and ten assists and the latter notching up his 13th goal of the campaign.
Even without star striker Jamie Vardy firing on all cylinders, Leicester is still a serious threat in attack.
Of course, with Manchester City ten points clear at the top of the Premier League table, the Foxes’ chances of winning the title are slim. But with a six-point gap between them and fifth-place Chelsea, Champions League soccer is on the cards for next term.
Rodgers’ side edged the possession stats at Sinobo Stadium, yet Slavia created the bulk of the goalscoring opportunities. Still, Leicester is expected to advance to the next phase without any real problems on Thursday.
Harvey Barnes and James Maddison this season pic.twitter.com/lDx03tU9ob— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) February 21, 2021
Trpisovsky’s men will probably feel that they deserved to win the first leg – or at least score a goal. In total, Slavia recorded 14 shots last week, yet the hosts were unable to punish the visitors.
Abdalla Sima – who has 14 goals in 21 appearances this term – remained a constant threat throughout the match, while Jan Kuchta and Peter Olayinka also showed what they could do. But ultimately, Slavia was unable to generate a first-leg advantage.
The Red and Whites were held to a 1-1 draw by Teplice in their previous outing. However, their lead at the top of the Czech First League still stands at eight points.
In fact, the club from the capital remains unbeaten on home soil this season, having registered 16 wins and four draws in 20 league matches.
But can Trpisovsky’s men carry their domestic fortunes onto the European stage? Well, they certainly won’t find life easy at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester City vs. Slavia Prague Betting Pick
Leicester to Win1.51
Following a tight first leg, I’m expecting Slavia to give the Foxes a run for their money again on Thursday. But I’m confident that Leicester will be able to get the better of the Czech champions this time around.
Rodgers’ men are currently enjoying an impressive unbeaten streak in all competitions – and I can see them extending that run when Slavia comes to town.