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Heroes to zeroes? Tough period in store for Foxes

LEICESTER in the bottom three, eh? The champions facing relegation.

They could actually be in the bottom three come kick off time on Saturday though for that to happen Hull and Sunderland would both have to have won earlier and while that’s not quite of Elvis is the Loch Ness Monster proportions, it’s pretty unlikely.

Fact is, they’re in a dogfight. Claudio Ranieri’s been saying it often enough, though because he says it with a smile on his face, no one seems to be overly perturbed.

The run-up to Christmas starts with a showdown with Manchester City at the King Power and Leicester fans have to be fearing the worst.

Wednesday’s clattering by Porto can be argued away because players like Mahrez and Vardy weren’t picked. Problem is, even with Mahrez and Vardy in the side, Leicester are struggling and City could run riot.

Yes, Pep’s got an absentee or two after they lost their heads against Chelsea but they’ve got enough about them to win this well.

A slightly riskier punt is Burnley to beat Bournemouth on Eddie Howe’s return to Turf Moor.

It’s too simplistic to think that the Cherries’ 4-3 win against Liverpool last week means they are now unbeatable and dogged Burnley can prove that point.

The Clarets have won four of their eight home matches this season – Liverpool are among their victims, too. And Bournemouth’s away form isn’t the greatest.

One-match form is a risky guide so my advice is don’t get carried away with Bournemouth’s brilliant comeback triumph against Jurgen Klopp’s Reds and get on Burnley at a nice price.

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Match in Focus


Eibar v Alaves

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Eibar have won five of their seven home matches
Expert verdict
Eibar have a terrific home record this season and Jose Luis Mendilibar’s team should gain another three points when they host Alaves in this Basque derby. Alaves have enjoyed themselves since their return to Spain’s top-flight but a trip to Ipurua will not be easy.