Leicester City vs West Ham United betting tips & preview
Saturday’s evening Premier League kickoff sees Leicester City welcome West Ham United to the King Power Stadium with both mid-table clubs looking to bounce back from suffering back-to-back defeats either side of the international break.
Game: Leicester City vs West Ham United
Venue: King Power Stadium
Kick-off: Saturday, 27th October, 5.30pm
Leicester City’s season has so far been strewn with inconsistent results, alternating back-to-back wins with back-to back defeats for the last eight games. It should be noted that three of their four wins have been against bottom-five teams Newcastle, Huddersfield and Southampton, who have managed just one win in 27 games between them. Manager Claude Puel might gain some comfort from the fact that two of Leicester’s defeats were a consequence of playing a third of the game with ten men, while they remained competitive for the opening hour of their defeats to Everton and Arsenal before crumbling in the latter stages.
West Ham appeared to have bounced back from their nightmare start to the season that saw them lose all of their opening four fixtures. The first international break allowed coach Manuel Pellegrini chance to regroup, and his players responded with a dogged goalless draw against Chelsea in between eye-catching 3-1 victories over Everton and Manchester United. Those wins eased the Hammers away from the relegation zone, but that momentum has stalled after successive 1-0 defeats at the hands of Brighton and Tottenham Hotspur.
Leicester City’s home advantage makes them favourites in in the bookmakers’ eyes, with SBOBET offering best odds of 6/5. The same bookmaker offers only 9/4 on West ham springing a surprise, but more attractive odds of 14/5 are available with Pinnacle. Anyone predicting a stalemate between these two teams can get 12/5 with BetVictor for the draw.
Leicester have brought some of their troubled inconsistency on themselves with a lack of onfield discipline that has brought three red cards, the only team in the Premier League to suffers such a fate, and their defeats against Bournemouth and Everton were both influenced by the dismissal of captain Wes Morgan midway through the second half. Five of Leicester’s next six league games are against teams currently below them in the division, so Puel will see this game a a springboard towards a successful run and a climb up the table.
Since West Ham conceded nine goals in their opening three Premier League games, Pellegrini has found a way to tighten up his defence, and they have not conceded more than a single goal in any of their last six outings. Unfortunately, a lack of quality in front of goal has meant that three of those games resulted in 1-0 defeats, while it is perhaps ironic that their only clean sheet this season has come against inform Chelsea.
Free Betting Tip: Draw at 3.40 with Bet365 from Premier League Investor
Jamie Vardy continues to be the spearhead of most of Leicester’s most successful attacking ideas, but the England striker desperately needs help from elsewhere. James Maddison has matched Vardy’s tally of three goals, and his arrival from Norwich City had been a major coup for Claude Puel, while Rachid Ghezzal’s midfield inventiveness has been a welcome bonus. The absence of the suspended Wes Morgan might be a blessing in disguise, allowing the more mobile Jonny Evans time to create a defensive understanding with the ever-reliable Harry Maguire to shore up Leicester’s leaky defence.
West Ham United are perhaps too reliant on the attacking threat of Marko Arnautovic, because when he fails to deliver, the Hammers seem to lack alternative goalscoring options, with only Andriy Yarmolenko (2 goals) and Filipe Anderson (1) adding to the Austrian’s four goals. He had started to forge an attacking partnership with Yarmolenko, but the unfortunate Ukrainian now faces six months on the sidelines after rupturing his Achilles in Saturday’s defeat against Spurs. He joins an injury list already including Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshire, Manuel Lanzini, Andy Carroll and Winston Reid, all of whom would make a positive impact to Pellegrini’s current lineup.
Free Betting Tip: Under 2.5 Goals at 1.90 with 888 from WeBET