West Ham United v Leicester City Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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West Ham United v Leicester City

Premier League: Sat, 20/04  Stadium: London Stadium

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Leicester City are a generous 13/10 to come away from the London Stadium with all three points with Betfair, and look a good value punt at this price. Both teams have real attacking menace, so over 2.5 goals at 8/11 with Bet365 looks to be further a good look as well.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

West Ham United take on a rejuvenated Leicester City side, as both teams look to close out the season on a high and seal top ten positions and beyond.

Foxes back on track under Rodgers

Prior to last week’s surprise 1-0 defeat against Newcastle United, the Foxes have been in fine form under new manager Brendan Rodgers, winning four matches in a row to give themselves a real chance of seventh place and a potential route into the Europa League.

Their recent games up until the setback against Newcastle have seen the side regain some of the form and flair they showed on their way to the Premier League title three seasons ago. Jamie Vardy has found his form again with a run of seven goals in seven games since previous manager Claude Puel departed, and on-loan Youri Tielemans has hit the ground running since his loan move from Monaco. The Belgium international looks tailor made for the Premier League, and the Foxes will face a real battle to make his stay permanent in the summer with several other Premier League clubs reportedly circling around the talented midfielder.

West Ham limping to the finish line?

In contrast to the Foxes, West Ham have seemed rather disjointed and dispirited in recent weeks, slipping to three successive league defeats and into the bottom half of the table as a result. This has been a somewhat strange turn of events, with the Hammers well in the running for a top seven spot before their recent slump in form, and will be concerning to manager Manuel Pellegrini as he looks to end the campaign on a high as he looks to build momentum for next season.

With away trips to London rivals Tottenham and Watford still to come, there is still plenty to play for in what for long periods has been an inconsistent season for the Hammers.

Team News

West Ham as has been the case all season have a raft of injury problems to contend with, either players returning or potentially being ruled out. Marko Arnautovic is fit again after illness and Aaron Cresswell could also return from a knee problem after missing last week’s defeat against Manchester United. But Manuel Lanzini is a major doubt because of a groin injury picked up in last week’s defeat, with Javier Hernandez and Samir Nasri also struggling with respective ear and calf problems. Jack Wilshere is at least fit after his latest ankle injury but might not be risked.

Leicester have no such problems and have a fully fit squad to choose from. Winger Marc Albrighton is pushing for a return to the starting lineup after coming on as a substitute last weekend after sitting out almost two months through injury.

Tight clash could be edged by Foxes

Both sides are similarly matched in terms of attacking talent and slightly susceptible defences. Leicester have scored in sixteen of their seventeen away games so far this season, whilst West Ham have scored in 22 of their last 23 games against the Foxes at home. The Hammers also rarely keep clean sheets, with only Fulham so far this season keeping less than the five the home team have managed. It all points to a game that promises excitement and goals, and with Leicester in a good run of form barring their defeat last week, they may just pinch all three points and get back on track for the coveted seventh place spot.

Leicester City are a generous 13/10 to come away from the London Stadium with all three points with Betfair, and look a good value punt at this price. Both teams have real attacking menace, so over 2.5 goals at 8/11 with Bet365 looks to be further a good look as well.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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