It is a Premier League top-four clash on Sunday as West Ham host Leicester City at the London Stadium. West Ham go into the game in fourth place and are the surprise team of the season. They lead fifth-place Chelsea by one point in the table and race for Champions League qualification. Leicester City sit third going into the weekend. They are four points ahead of West Ham in the standings and five above Chelsea.
Brendan Rodgers will hope his team do far better than they did at the King Power Stadium against West Ham earlier this season. The Hammers thrashed Leicester City 3-0 in October as Michail Antonio, Jarrod Bowen and Pablo Fornals all got onto the scoresheet.
West Ham have won just two of their last six games against Leicester City in the league. They go into the game unbeaten in back-to-back games in the league. The Hammers are in form going into the game following their 3-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers a week ago.
Leicester City fell 2-0 to Manchester City last time out. Rodgers’ team capitulated in the second half of the season a year ago. Their fall from the top four will be on the team’s mind going into the final eight games of the campaign. Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are within an arm’s reach of the top four. Those teams could be the big winners this weekend if West Ham and/or Leicester City drop points.
West Ham vs Leicester City Betting Odds
West Ham go into the weekend in good form having taken 10 points from the last 18 on offer to them. David Moyes’ team were guilty of conceding goals during that six-game run, however. They allowed nine goals to opponents while scoring 11 of their own.
Leading sportsbooks have West Ham at odds of 2/1 to win at home versus Leicester City on Sunday. Surprisingly, West Ham go into the match with the second-best home points total in the division. They are unbeaten in four straight home games with three of those matches finishing in wins. They Hammers are +8 in goal difference on their own turf at the London Stadium.
Like West Ham, Leicester City took 10 points from their last 18 on offer. They outscored opponents 11 to nine during that six-game timeframe. The Foxes were disappointing against Manchester City last weekend losing 2-0.
Rodgers’ team are at odds of 7/5 to claim an away win against the Hammers. Leicester City have the Premier League’s second-best away points total with 34 points taken on the road. They are unbeaten in six straight games on their travels. The Foxes are unbeaten in eight of the last 10 matches in the league versus West Ham. The sides are at odds of 23/10 to finish in a draw on Sunday.
West Ham vs Leicester City Team News
Moyes’ loan signing of Jesse Lingard from Manchester United in January is being hailed as the transfer of the season. The attacking midfielder has six goals and four assists in eight games for the Hammers. Lingard was written off a long time ago by fans of Manchester United, yet he is showing just how good he can be. Reports this week indicate West Ham want to make the loan into a permanent deal.
Four players are ruled out for Moyes going into the weekend. Centre-back Angelo Ogbonna has a foot injury. Midfielder Declan Rice is ruled out with a knee problem. Back-up goalkeeper Darren Randolph has a groin strain and forward Andriy Yarmolenko has a knee injury.
There is hope that forward Michail Antonio will be available. However, he is likely to miss following another thigh muscle injury. There are even reports on Friday claiming Antonio is finished for the season due to his continued thigh injuries.
Rodgers has four players ruled out for the game as well. The Leicester City manager will be without winger Harvey Barnes, defender Caglar Soyuncu, full-back James Justin, and defender Wes Morgan. Justin and Morgan are long-term absentees. Rodgers is likely to be without winger Cengiz Under as well. The on-loan Roma player is suffering from a thigh injury.
West Ham vs Leicester City Prediction
Both teams to score: YES @ 3/4 - BET NOW
Sunday’s game is massively important for both clubs. Leicester City are third but could still drop out of the Champions League places if they lose points once more. West Ham are clinging onto the fourth-place position. Just one point has them above Chelsea. Chelsea and Liverpool play on Saturday which will heap pressure on both West Ham and Leicester City. Seven of the last 19 league games between West Ham and Leicester City ended with both teams scoring goals.
Jesse Lingard to score anytime @ 11/4 - BET NOW
Lingard is a man renewed. Seriously, who would have though Lingard would go to West Ham and thrive? He has contributed to 10 West Ham goals in the league since arriving in January. In just eight games this season, Lingard has accounted for 20% of West Ham’s scoring by tallying goals or creating them. Where was this player at Old Trafford? That is what most Manchester United fans are asking right now.
Over 2.5 goals scored @ 1/1 - BET NOW
Six of the last 10 matches in the Premier League between West Ham and Leicester City finished with over 2.5 goals scored. These teams have found the back of the net with regularity in league fixtures against one another. All four of West Ham and Leicester City’s last four fixtures in the league ended with more than 2.5 goals tallied, including the Hammers’ 3-0 win earlier this season.
West Ham are playing well, but Leicester City will be a serious threat on Sunday. The Foxes play far better on the road than at home. The Foxes have taken 12 more points on the road than at home in the league. West Ham have taken just four more points at home than on the road. Sunday’s game at the London Stadium could be the fixture of round 31.
West Ham vs Leciester Tips
Here are our West Ham vs Leicester tips for Sunday's Premier League match at the London Stadium.
1. Both teams to score: YES @ 3/4
2. Jesse Lingard to score anytime @ 11/4
3. Over 2.5 goals scored @ 1/1
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