Butland own goal costs Stoke victory at Leicester

Larry Hoffman
February 26, 2018

Riyad Mahrez made his first start for the Foxes in the Premier League since his transfer deadline day shenanigans, which saw Leicester fend off Manchester City's interest, and which saw the Algerian sulk like a teenager having not got his desired move.

Leicester City fought back to grab a point at home to Stoke on Saturday, but it is Jack Butland they have to thank for that.

No side has picked up fewer points on the road this season than Stoke.

The hosts are favourites to win the game, and we are siding with them as our prediction.

The England global diverted in Marc Albrighton's cross into his net to deny Stoke City their first win from their last four games. Neither have won in the Premier League since 20th January but Leicester advanced to the FA Cup quarter finals following a 1-0 win over Sheffield United last weekend. Jamie Vardy's second-half goal was enough to win the game. As a matter of fact, they have only scored four goals within their last seven league games away from home.

Despite their below-par form, Leicester remain comfortably in the top half of the table in 7th. They are just a point behind Burnley in seventh, and European football remains a possibility as the seventh-placed side is likely to earn a qualifying spot in Europa League this season. The Potters are now marooned in the drop zone in 19th position on 25 points from 27 games.

Xherdan Shaqiri equalised for the Potters two weeks ago in their 1-1 home draw with Brighton. Until then, thanks to a lovely goal by Xherdan Shaqiri, Stoke had been on course for a win that would have taken them out of the bottom three.

The Potters have won just twice in their last 29 visits to East Midlands in all competitions and are nearly certain to concede at odds of (1.14).

Leicester's Maguire is sure to be on the plane to Russian Federation this summer and his captain, Wes Morgan, claimed the 24-year-old is England's best defender.

Only Japanese forward Shinji Okazaki will be missing for the Foxes with a knee injury.

The Potters could have the likes of Peter Crouch, Darren Fletcher and Stephen Ireland back for this game.

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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