West Ham vs Leicester: Foxes to win top-four battle

West Ham vs Leicester: Foxes to win top-four battle

Kick-off: 1405, 11/04/2021

Stadium: London Stadium

TV: Sky Sports

Leicester are fancied to prove a level above West Ham as a fascinating battle for Premier League top-four places hots up at London Stadium.

Both teams finished the last round of fixtures in the leading quartet but we reckon the Foxes are better equipped to sustain their challenge for Champions League qualification.

We’re happy to take 31/20 for an away win as our first West Ham vs Leicester prediction.

A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds

Admittedly, West Ham did claim a surprise 3-0 success at King Power Stadium earlier this season and are coming off a 3-2 win at Wolves.

Goals from star man Jesse Lingard, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen put United in total control inside 40 minutes at Molineux.

Wanderers responded through Leander Dendoncker and Fabio Silva to test the Hammers’ resolve but they held on, despite Tomas Soucek having a goal disallowed for handball in the second half.

Horse racing fan David Moyes had the Grand National in mind when discussing his side’s unexpected push for European football.

Moyes said: “I don’t know if we’re in the final furlong yet, we’ve probably got to go over Becher’s Brook and have some big jumps to go over on the way in.

“Let’s be fair, we’re challenging, after 30 games it’s not a fluke. We are there because we have been playing well enough. If we fall short, we fall short.

“We are thrilled, people are mentioning we are in the top four. We have bobbed in and out of it, so let’s hope we can do everything we can to stay there.”

However, the Hammers do not have a great overall record when taking on other teams at the top end of the table and this could be another occasion when their limitations are exposed.

Looking at the West Ham vs Leicester odds, we like 15/4 for an away win and both teams to score.

Last West Ham line-up: Fabianski, Cresswell, Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Masuaku, Lingard, Noble, Fornals, Soucek, Antonio.

A Look At Leicester City’s Betting Odds

Leicester became the latest team to find Manchester City just too strong when going down 2-0 but there was no disgrace in their display.

Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus did the damage in the second half after both sides had a goal disallowed during the opening period.

“It’s a very good team,” Ayoze Perez told the club website. “They dominate the ball really, really well.

“We stuck to our plan, they didn’t create many chances and they were quite frustrated at some points.

“They could hardly get through us through the middle but a couple of little details, little mistakes can make the difference against a very good team.

“So, we paid for it and it’s a shame because we were doing quite well. But at the end, they were better than us in terms of chances and they got the win.”

One plus point for the Foxes was getting James Maddison on for the final 20 minutes after six weeks on the sidelines and Leicester’s injury problems are now clearing up.

Before losing to the runaway leaders, they had claimed two Premier League wins and a convincing FA Cup victory over Manchester United, so this is still a team in good spirits.

With 10 of their 17 league wins coming on the road, Leicester are past masters at picking opponents off on the break as games open up and that is a scenario we see being played out here.

Let’s add 5/1 for Draw HT/Leicester FT to our West Ham vs Leicester betting tips.

Last Leicester line-up: Schmeichel, Fofana, Evans, Amartey, Castagne, Tielemans, Albrighton, Ndidi, Vardy, Iheanacho, Perez.

Additional stats

Last result:

Wolves 2-3 WEST HAM – Jesse Lingard, Pablo Fornals, Jarrod Bowen

LEICESTER 0-2 Man City

Head-to-head: Leicester 0-3 West Ham, Leicester 4-1 West Ham, West Ham 1-2 Leicester, West Ham 2-2 Leicester, Leicester 1-1 West Ham

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