Brendan Rodgers To Leicester: Can Foxes Secure Top Half Finish?

Martin Green

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 6:18 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 6:18 PM UTC

Leicester could be galvanised by the arrival of Brendan Rodgers and it opens up some interesting betting markets.

<p>Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is on the brink of a return to the <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/eng/premier-league/" target="_blank" title="Premier League Betting Odds">Premiership</a> as he is heavily linked with the vacant managerial role at Leicester City. The Foxes sacked Claude Puel after a dismal run of results culminated in a 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace at the weekend. It left them 12<sup>th</sup> in the table, but they are just two points behind 10<sup>th</sup> placed Bournemouth with 11 games still to play. The arrival of Rodgers should galvanise this group of players and they might be well placed to secure a top 10 finish by the end of the campaign.</p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=8e57de00-8c0e-4848-b6da-ea2a0f565fb1" target="_blank">888 Sport</a> and <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a" target="_blank">Unibet</a> are offering 6/4 (2.50) on Leicester finishing in the top half of the table and that looks like an interesting set of odds. Since their unlikely title triumph in 2016 they have finished 12<sup>th</sup> and then ninth last season. They have a strong enough squad to climb the table under Rodgers, as their rivals are inconsistent. West Ham are ninth on 36 points, Bournemouth have 34 points and Everton have 30, while Leicester are on 32, with Crystal Palace and Burnley behind them on 30 apiece.</p><p>With players like Jamie Vardy, James Maddison, Wilfred Ndidi, Harry Maguire, Jonny Evans and Kasper Schmeichel providing a strong spine, Leicester should be nailed on for a top half finish and that is why Puel was axed. Rodgers has always had a commitment to exciting, attacking football, at Celtic, Liverpool and Swansea, and he should be able to get the best out of Vardy and his fellow forwards. Celtic will still go on to win the SPL at a canter and dominate domestically, but Rodgers wants another crack at the world’s most popular league and Leicester could be a very good vehicle for him.</p>
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