Anyone with even a passing interest in the football would have noticed the unfamiliar name of Leicester City near the top of the Barclays Premier League table.
Every year there seems to be an unlikely team that makes a strong start in the league only to fade away after a few over-achieving weeks. However, Leicester City do not appear to be going anywhere.
The Foxes’ presence amongst the league’s elite is great news for the club’s supporters and good for the Barclays Premier League as a whole but what does it mean for those who like to bet?
Best betting on Leicester
Well, Leicester have been catching the eye of punters – not for their displays on the pitch but for their performances in certain betting markets. So, let’s take a closer look.
Both Teams to Score
Both teams to Score or Goals Galore; call it what you like, this is one of the most popular betting markets right now and Leicester are the top performing Premier League team in this market.
Coach Claudio Ranieri was so impressed when his team kept a clean sheet recently that he famously took them all out for a pizza. That tells you all you need to know about the rarity of a Leicester shut-out.
Leicester score goals and Leicester ship goals – just look at the stats.
Percentage of Leicester games in which both teams scored:
That’s a combined total of 90.9% – a full 9% better than their closest rivals Norwich. The only team with a higher total in all of the major World and European leagues is Scottish club St Johnstone who weigh in at a huge 92.3%.
In addition, Both Teams to Score and Leicester to win has a current strike rate of 45.5%. Only four clubs in the top leagues can better this.
Over 2.5 goals
The other area where Leicester excel is in the Over2.5 goal category. So once again, let’s look at the stats.
Percentage of Leicester games in which more than 2.5 goals were scored:
That’s a combined total of 72.7% – second only to Chelsea in the Premier League. Only three of the Foxes’ 11 games have failed to pay out in this market and their last four away games have all been winners.
So while Leicester have been grabbing the attention on the pitch, eagle-eyed punters have been cashing in at the bookies.
Look out for value bets featuring Leicester City
If we look at Leicester’s next Premier League game at home to Watford (Saturday, 7th November 2015 15:00pm), we can see that Betfair are currently offering 8/11 for Both Teams to Score which equates to a percentage chance of 57.89%.
So far this season, both teams have scored in 80% of Leicester home games so that’s a 22.11% (80-57.89) value swing in your favour!
The best betting website for this is Betfair. With out a doubt Betfair.