Leicester City vs. Zorya Luhansk Betting Preview – Europa League, October 22, 2020

| October 20, 2020 11:25 am PDT

Leicester City and Zorya Luhansk will open their 2020/21 UEFA Europa League accounts when the two sides clash at the King Power Stadium on Thursday, October 22.

The Foxes are expected to claim all three points on Thursday, and with AEK Athens and Braga also in Group G, Brendan Rodgers will be keen for his team to kick things off with a win.

You can find my Leicester City vs. Zorya Luhansk prediction and betting pick below.

Leicester City vs. Zorya Luhansk Odds

Leicester City to Win1.25
The Draw5.45
Zorya Luhansk to Win10.75

Unsurprisingly, the best online soccer betting sites aren’t giving Zorya Luhansk (10.75) much of a chance on Thursday. The Ukrainians come into this game as massive underdogs, with Leicester (1.25) expected to cruise to victory.

Let’s not forget that Zorya had only qualified for the Europa League group stages on two occasions before this season.

Match Preview

Leicester got off to a flying start this term, winning each of their opening three EPL outings. The Foxes saw off West Brom (3-0) and Burnley (4-2) before securing a hugely impressive 5-2 victory over Manchester City, but they head into Thursday’s game on the back of successive defeats.

After firing blanks in recent losses to West Ham (3-0) and Aston Villa (1-0), it is clear that Leicester is significantly weaker without Jamie Vardy. The striker, who netted five goals in his first three Premier League appearances this season, sustained a calf injury and missed the defeat to Villa. It is unclear whether the 33-year-old will feature on Thursday.

Still, Rodgers’ squad should be deep enough to cope without Vardy. Roma loanee Cengiz Under offers a different option in attack, while new defenders Wesley Fofana and Timothy Castagne have both impressed during the early stages of their Leicester careers.

While Leicester is one of the biggest clubs in this year’s Europa League, Zorya Luhansk is somewhat of an unknown quantity, especially on the European stage. Viktor Skrypnyk’s men finished third in the Ukrainian Premier League last term, and although they were only one point shy of second-place Dynamo Kiev, they ended up finishing a whopping 34 points behind champions Shakhtar Donetsk.

However, Zorya has only managed to win one of their six domestic games this season. The team began with back-to-back defeats before securing a draw against Shakhtar. A 5-0 victory followed, but Zorya has since recorded consecutive 1-1 draws.

If Zorya is to get anything from their trip to England, Vladyslav Kochergin is likely to be at the heart of the action. The 24-year-old has bagged three goals and two assists in six league appearances this term, so the Ukrainians will be relying on him to instigate an upset.

Leicester City vs. Zorya Luhansk Betting Pick

Pick
  • Leicester City to Win
    1.25

Of course, the price for the home win is nothing to write home about here. But I just can’t see Leicester slipping up on Thursday. The Foxes’ last two results have been disappointing, so Rodgers will view this game as an opportunity for his players to bounce back and return to winning ways.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Zorya finishes bottom of Group G, and I’m confident the Ukrainians’ Europa League campaign will start with defeat.

Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

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