Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews West Ham v Leicester City and provides us with his best bets for Saturday’s Premier League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
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West Ham v Leicester City Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 20/04/19
- Time: 15:00
- Venue: London Stadium
- Channel: N/A
There’s nothing better at the end of the season than a mid-table clash, they can be like watching paint dry or they can be absolutely bonkers with goals galore. This game certainly has the potential to be a bit bonkers. West Ham will be desperate for a win having only manged 1 win in their last 5 games.
Leicester have been in great form of late with just 1 defeat in their last 5 games and they’ll be confident of another good result as they aim to finish in 7th place this season. City have looked rejuvenated since Brendan Rodgers has come in and he has managed to get the best out of Jamie Vardy and James Maddison in his short reign.
West Ham could be without Manuel Lanzini after he limped off during their 2-1 defeat to Man Utd last weekend.
Pellegrini will definitely be without Winston Reid, Andy Carroll, Andriy Yarmolenko and Carlos Sanchez as they all recover from injury, while Robert Snodgrass is suspended.
Marko Arnautovic could come back into the side after missing the Man Utd clash through illness.
Brendan Rodgers is likely to be without long-term absentee Daniel Amartey, as he continues to recover from a long-term ankle injury
Fan favourite Marc Albrighton could make a return to the starting line-up having appeared as a second-half substitute against Newcastle last Friday.
Potential West Ham Starting XI: Fabianski; Zabaleta, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Rice, Anderson, Noble, Diangana, Arnautovic; Hernandez
Potential Leicester City Starting XI: Schmeichel; Pereira, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Ndidi, Gray, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy
Head To Head
- In the reverse fixture, Leicester were held to a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium, equalising in the 89th minute courtesy of a deflected Wilfred Ndidi strike
- The Foxes have had the upper hand in the last five Premier League fixtures, winning two of their last five games, the Hammers only winning on one of these occasions.
- Although the visitors have certainly had the upper hand in recent times, West Ham have beaten Leicester 52 times in 131 competitive games since 1919.
Key Stats & Facts
- No team in the PL can match Leicester’s 5 red cards this season.
- West Ham have beaten Leicester in just 2 of the last 10 competitive head to heads.
- West Ham have conceded 2 or more goals in their last straight matches.
- West Ham 3/10
- Draw 13/5/
- Leicester City 10/1
This could turn out to be an enthralling encounter and I think we can see goals in this game. Both teams to score is 8/13 which is short so I think backing both teams to score and over 2.5 market which 1/1 (BoyleSports) is a good way to go for this match. This bet would have landed in 2 out of West Ham’s last 4 home games and 4 out of Leicester’s last 4 away games.
Another angle I like is for Jamie Vardy to find the back of the net again on Saturday. Vardy has been rejuvenated by Brendan Rodgers and he has 7 goals in his last 7 games scoring 2 in his last away game. He is currently 5/4 (Bet365) to score at any time on Saturday.
Leicester currently have a good grip on 7th place and I think that they’ll definitely be looking to win this game to keep hold of that position. West Ham on the other hand might just be looking forward to the end of the season with them being safe for another year. I think the motivation for Leicester to win will get them over the line and add to West Ham’s current misery. Leicester to win the match is 13/10 (Bet365).