iBet: Back promotion contenders Leicester
Leicester v Middlesbrough, kick off 7.45pm
Back Leicester at 8/11
This is a tasty encounter between two of the genuine promotion contenders in The Championship and I fancy the home side to get the job done. Nigel Pearson’s Leicester have been excellent at home, especially at the King Power Stadium, where their only defeat since October has come at the hands of Cardiff. The only other game they have lost on home soil was against Crystal Palace who were in a rich vein of form at the time and they have hit a purple patch themselves of late with 18 goals in their last five fixtures in front of their home fans. Middlesbrough are a genuinely good side at this level, but their away form has hit the skids recently. They have lost four of their last five on their travels and have also conceded 14 times in their last eight games. Only Palace have scored more home goals than Leicester while they also have the second best defence at this level, while Tony Mowbray’s Boro have lost more away games than anyone else in the top nine.
Maria Sharapova dished out her second 6-0, 6-0 victory of the week to reach the last 32 of the Australian Open and you have to fancy her to take care of Venus Williams in this morning’s third round clash. The 6ft 2in Russian is in the other half of the draw to Serena Williams and defending champion Victoria Azarenka and is a best price of 8/1 for the title with Sporting Bet, which will look a good price if she wins today. She’s as short as 5/1 elsewhere. You can back her to reach the final at 7/4, which also looks a fair price.
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