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Leicester vs Swansea: Mahrez crisis spells double trouble for Foxes

Leicester vs Swansea Match Preview and Predictions

Leicester take on resurgent Swansea hoping to heal the wounds left by Riyad Mahrez's failure to join Manchester City on transfer deadline day.

The Algeria winger was left out of the squad that went down 2-1 at Everton and was left frustated as his club fended off several bids until City pulled out of the deal. Mahrez has not trained since.

Swansea temporarily moved out of the relegation zone on Tuesday when they defeated Arsenal 3-1, but dropped back in again when Stoke picked up a point from a goalless draw with Watford. Despite their form, Swansea are 17/20 to drop down to the Championship.

Match-up history

The Foxes beat Swansea 2-1 at the Liberty earlier in the season and have won all three Premier League encounters on home territory.

Claude Puel's men are 3/4 to make it four in a row, but the first of our free football tips is for Swansea to win or draw at 23/20 in the double chance market.

Swansea are on a high after beating Liverpool and Arsenal, and although they parked the bus against the Reds, expected goals data shows they outscored the Gunners 1.80 to 1.08 in terms of quality chances, their second highest total of the season.

Team news

Leicester boss Puel has confirmed Mahrez will not feature this weekend.

Swansea re-signed Andre Ayew from West Ham and also snapped up Andy King from Leicester on loan, although the Wales midfielder is ineligible under the terms of the agreement.

Match facts

Swansea's attack has undoubtedly been improved with the acquisition of Ayew who brings creativity and goals to the Welsh strugglers.

Ayew scored 12 in 34 appearances in his first spell at Swansea and we like the odds of 7/2 for the Ghana striker to score any time on his second debut.

The last of our Leicester vs Swansea predictions is for Swansea to win and both teams to score at 9/1. New Swans boss Carlos Carvalhal has engineered two incredible victories against top-six sides and with Mahrez's state of mind under scrutiny, it could be the time to strike.

Leicester top the both teams to score table at 60% and with Swansea starting to show more purpose up front, goals could be on the cards.

Betting tips and predictions

Swansea to win or draw in double chance @ 23/20

Andre Ayew to score any time @ 7/2

Swansea to win and both teams to score @ 9/1

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Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Football