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Stuart Dalgleish 22nd Apr 2012 - 13:58

They're forever blowing... their chance of promotion

Leicester v West Ham preview - Monday 19:45 live on Sky Sports 1

When Leicester (17/10) and West Ham (17/10, draw 21/10) studied their fixture lists at the start of the season, they both might have thought that this would be a title decider, but it's fair to say that both teams have flattered to deceive.

The Foxes certainly had everybody talking about them with high-profile signings such as Kasper Schmeichel, Matt Mills and Jermaine Beckford (13/2 first goal), while the Hammers started the season with a plethora of internationals in their squad only to see some of them depart by the time the transfer window shut.

Leicester of course had Sven-Goran Eriksson in charge when the campaign kicked-off, but poor results led to his sacking at the end of October and Nigel Pearson returned to the King Power Stadium.

The Wednesday legend has never really gotten his charges on a consistent winning run and as such a play-off charge didn't materialise, next season though if they keep hold of their star players they will definitely be a threat.

As far as West Ham are concerned, they have always been a threat for promotion, but too many dropped points at Upton Park have cost them dearly while Reading's phenomenal run just about killed their hopes completely.

But the important thing for Sam Allardyce's men is that they are still alive, just, and with their fantastic away record they'll head to the Midlands with every hope of taking it to the last game of the season.

It will not be easy still for United, Leicester have not lost at home in ten games and aren't conceding many, but psychologically the players might just have switched off now as they cannot reach the play-offs and only have pride to play for.

It would be a proud moment for the King Power faithful if they can beat a team full of Premier League quality players, and when a team has 'nothing' to play for that can sometimes release the shackles a bit and the squad have no pressure on them.

It could make for a cracking game, certain players at Leicester will probably know that they have to prove to Pearson that they still deserve a shirt for next season, while the Hammers just have to win or it's the play-offs for them.

The side effect to the intense pressure on West Ham to win the game could be ill discipline, challenges could be loose and tempers will flare. It’s a game between two of the teams with the most red cards in the league; West Ham have seen red six times this season, while Leicester have had an incredible nine dismissals in the league - 6/1 for either team to go down to ten men surely appeals.

Goals should be on the menu, and I think 2-2 has appeal at 12/1, but I think the safer bet although a short price should be 4/6 on over 2.5 goals in the game.

West Ham have one of the in-form strikers in the division in Ricardo Vaz Te (7/2 first goal) and the Portuguese ace is 2/1 to score at any time in an away win.

The Match Winner for this game is for Big Sam's side to win and there to be three or more goals in the game, we've enhanced the price from 13/5 to 3/1!



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