By William Hill
Last Updated: 7th January 2020
Leicester City will host West Ham this Saturday at 5:30 pm, in what will be a tough outing for the Hammers. Manuel Pellegrini’s side will be looking to secure a win over the Foxes, who will be sturdy opposition to overcome on home turf.
Leicester vs West Ham: Odds and predictions
Claude Puel’s side are wagering as 23/20 favourites in our betting tips, with West Ham punting as 12/5 outsiders, and a potential draw on the cards projected at 12/5.
While West Ham will have to make the trek to the King Power Stadium, they still bear an impressive attacking front to pose Leicester City plenty of defensive issues.
Players like Marko Arnautovic have been keen converters in front of goal, but our traders are taking a specific focus on the providers, chiefly Felipe Anderson.
The Brazilian has been great in his striking ability but also in his link-up with those in more advanced positions, such as Javier Hernandez.
The man they call ‘Chicharito’ has been sidelined with an injury in recent games, and the clash against the Foxes could be the perfect tonic for his blues.
Our first Leicester vs West Ham predictions sees the Mexican finding his way onto the score-sheet, if picked, with the odds trading at 11/2.
Yet, Leicester have also impressed on the offensive front, despite a stop-start beginning to their campaign.
Jamie Vardy is no longer the sole runner in Puel’s set-up, with younger players like Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison coming to the forefront.
The latter man is betting at 6/1 to score for the Foxes and has created more goalscoring chances in the Premier League this season than any other English player, with the playmaker providing two assists in the process.
The former man, Ndidi, is our pick to snuff out the Hammer’s attacking moves.
Leicester vs West Ham head-to-head: (most recent first) Leicester 0-2 West Ham, Leicester 1-1 West Ham, Leicester 3-2 West Ham, Leicester 1-0 West Ham, Leicester 2-2 West Ham
Leicester vs West Ham match betting: score, double result, scorer tips
Predicted score: West Ham to win 2-1, odds trading @ 10/1
The Foxes may be playing on home turf, but the first match bet in our Leicester vs West Ham predictions see Felipe Anderson and co emerging as narrow victors.
A strong midfield pairing of Mark Noble and Declan Rice is forecast to be enough to snuff out any of Leicester’s counterattacks.
Where West ham might be undone is with the pace present in the Foxes’ offence, and there is a strong chance that the Hammers could leak a goal via the blistering speed of Kelechi Iheanacho.
Yet, since a run of three successive Premier League clean sheets in January, Leicester have kept just four in the following 23 games, conceding 43 goals
Pablo Zabaleta’s leadership at the back should ensure that Leicester are kept at arm’s length, with our traders swaying in the favour of a 2-1 win.
Double Result: Draw/ West Ham, tipped @ 13/2
While we have predicted Leicester to be in stronger form on home turf in the first half, our traders see West Ham growing into the second half to become the dominant side.
In previous fixtures, Leicester have upped the ante in front of their home fans, but consider this: West Ham have won three of their last six games, and have repeatedly threatened in the attacking third, even on the road.
With the experience of Noble and Zabaleta, combined with the youth and talent of Rice and Arnautovic, we’re forecasting Puel’s to be unable to keep up the effort for the full ninety minutes in our Leicester vs West Ham predictions.
Predicted scorer: Marko Arnautovic to score first, odds @ 5/1
The Austrian has been directly involved in West Ham’s Premier League goals this season, and with three goals and one assist to his name, if the Hammers are to win away from home, they will need their star man to operate at peak efficiency.
Arnautovic has proved to be not only effective as a lone striker but also as part of an attacking trio.
He will be without his sparring partner Andriy Yarmalenko who has been sidelined for at least six months with an ankle injury, forcing him into a slightly different position than he has played in his opening starts.
Yet to undermine his ability on Puel’s part would be foolish.
Our Leicester vs West Ham predictions and betting tips are projecting him to come up with the goods in front of goals on Saturday and you’ll be hard pressed to find a better match pick anywhere else.
Leicester vs West Ham stats: Opta
- West Ham haven’t won back to back away league matches against Leicester since April 1997, when they had a run of four wins at Filbert Street.
- West Ham have lost seven of their last 10 away games in the Premier League (W2 D1), although one of those victories came against Leicester last season (2-0).
- Leicester lost their last home Premier League game against Everton – they haven’t lost consecutive PL matches at the King Power Stadium since September 2017 after losing to Chelsea and Liverpool.
- West Ham have lost more points from winning positions than any other Premier League team this season (6).
- Leicester boss Claude Puel has lost both of his home Premier League matches against West Ham, losing 3-1 in February 2017 with Southampton and 2-0 with the Foxes last season.