Leicester City v West Ham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
May 01, 2018
King Power Stadium - Premier League
Leicester look to recover from a 5-0 drubbing by Crystal Palace in their last game, as they host West Ham in the Premier League. The Hammers face being dragged back into the relegation battle, as they sit just three points off Southampton in 18th place.
Honours were even the last time the two sides met, with Marc Albrighton's 8th minute strike cancelled out on the stroke of half time by Cheikhou Kouyate.
Kaspar Schmeichel and Shinji Okazaki both missed Leicester's defeat to Crystal Palace, with the Foxes suffering a further blow as Wilfred Ndidi suffering a potentially season ending hamstring injury. With fellow midfielders Vincent Iborra and Matty James also out, Claude Puel's options are somewhat thin on the ground.
Michael Antonio is set to miss the remainder of the season, having suffered an injury against Southampton, joining Winston Reid, Sam Bryan and Pedro Obiang. The Hammers should be able to welcome back Andy Carrol and James Collins, neither of whom are likely to be fit to start, but may well feature as substitutes.
Leicester City v West Ham Preview and Predictions
Leicester's bid to earn a Europa League finish has come off the rails in recent weeks, with three defeats and a draw in their last four games, including one against league rivals, Burnley. Puel's side have suffered from a number of key players' injuries, with options in central midfield a real problem.
West Ham have done little better, having won just once in their last eight games. David Moyes' side don't have the luxury of Leicester's strong start to the season, meaning that another loss this weekend could prove a real problem for the Hammers. Despite having a theoretically strong squad, the likes of Marko Arnautovic, Manuel Lanzini and Joao Mario have struggled to find any kind of consistency, meaning that despite the former's decent goal return, he has failed to come up with the goods when it matters most.
Moyes has also had to deal with a squad that has been decimated by injury, with key players such as Carrol and Michael Antonio failing to get much game time this season. This has a further detrimental impact on consistency, as well as tactics and fatigue levels. The manager may feel that with a fully fit side he would have done much better this season, but, if the Hammers are leapfrogged by Southampton this weekend, it will come as little solace.
For Puel, the remainder of the season has little more to play for than pride. Leicester could be overtaken by Newcastle if they lose at the weekend, although a win could well see them overtake Everton. The manager's appointment appears to have been accepted as a good move regardless of what happens over the next few games, meaning that he may well be experimenting for next season.
According to league position, this game should be an easy one for the Foxes, however, West Ham will have had the importance of winning drummed into them over the last week, making the result all but certain.
Jamie Vardy to score anytime at 11/10
The Leicester man hasn't scored in two games, but got four in four before that, and is his side's biggest threat.
Leicester to win and both teams to score at 3/1
West Ham have scored in all of their last five games, but have also conceded in all but one of them.