By News Team
26th November 2020
We’ve got two Premier League fixtures to dig our teeth into on Monday as Leicester host Fulham before Aston Villa travel to West Ham.
Ahead of the games, we preview both and take a look at the latest odds.
Foxes to bounce back from Liverpool defeat
Despite losing 3-0 to reigning champions Liverpool last weekend, Leicester are still in and amongst the teams fighting it out at the top. They have so far proven to be solid contenders in the division this season, while also having impressed in this year’s Europa League. They’ll be keen to bounce back immediately from the Liverpool defeat when they face Fulham on Monday.
With Fulham having kept just one clean sheet in the league this season, Brendan Rodgers’ men will likely be on the front foot as soon as the whistle goes and looking at star striker Jamie Vardy to add to his tally of eight goals in the division for the season. Youri Tielemans and James Maddison should have key roles to play in midfield, with Tielemans having completed 590 passes this season and having been a pivotal figure in the Foxes’ good form. Leicester are strong favourites to win at 8/15 and Vardy is 5/2 to score first with William Hill’s enhanced odds, having previously been priced at 21/10.
Fulham, meanwhile, have been less than impressive this season with major attacking and defensive errors leading to their downfall in games and leaving them near the bottom of the table. Scott Parker will be feeling the pressure as his side currently have just four points from a possible 27. They have failed to capitalise at pivotal points in games, missing key penalties, and have struggled to get off the mark this season.
Recent performances have been slightly more encouraging, but Fulham have still been unable to snag a result. They are priced at 11/2 to beat the Foxes, but Parker’s men will have to come on leaps and bounds if they are to have a serious impact in this one.
Barkley absence to hit Villa hard
Aston Villa have been one of the surprise stories of the Premier League season so far. In flashes, they have looked like a Villa team of old and manager Dean Smith can only be applauded for what he has done at the club as they prepare for Monday’s clash with West ham. A few brilliant summer signings have turned a team that was on the brink of relegation into a solid top-flight team.
Villa have averaged 2.38 goals per Premier League game this term with their biggest win coming against reigning champions Liverpool with that stunning 7-2 victory. However, their most recent defeat to struggling Brighton will dampen their spirits along with the news of Ross Barkley’s hamstring injury. Barkley had been shining for Villa, gelling brilliantly with Jack Grealish and Ollie Watkins – he’ll be a huge miss against West Ham, with Bertrand Traore likely to deputise.
West Ham, meanwhile, will welcome Villa to east London with hope of continuing their positive run of recent results, having won the last two. David Moyes’ men have also taken points off Manchester City, Spurs and Wolves this season, while narrowly losing out to Liverpool. The Irons are therefore 13/10 favourites to grab three points on Monday, while Villa are 2/1. This will be a tight game with both teams in a similar vein of form and similarly placed in the table, so a draw at 5/2 isn’t off the cards.