Leicester City vs West Ham Prediction & Match Preview

Leicester City vs West Ham
England – Premier League
Date: Wednesday, 22 January 2020
Kick-off at 19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET
Venue: King Power Stadium.

Leicester are in urgent need to get their mojo back. Their title hopes seem almost over, but at least a potential top-three finish is stil in their radar. But to keep hold of that, the team needs to return to their winning ways.

Considering home advanatge, desperation, and the struggles of West Ham on the road, the Foxes get the upper hand this match-day.

Leicester City vs West Ham Head-to-head (h2h)

  • The last time these two met, Leicester won on the road, 1-2.
  • Five of the former six wins went to the Foxes.
  • At this venue, the guests have won just twice this past two decades.
  • Since 2004, only once have Leicester failed to find the back of the net at home.

Leicester City vs West Ham Match Preview

The Foxes seemed they were on course to repeat their heroics of their 2015-16 season, in the first half of the league campaign. However, this time around, the job proved to be much more difficult, especially with the form of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

Still, after such a wonferful run, it would be considered a shame if the Foxes were not able to secure at least a Champions League entry. They still are in a position to go after that objective, but need to be careful to not drop anymore careless points.

Leicester City vs West Ham Prediction

Despite being on the road, Leicester had taken the lead against Burnley the last match-day. However, in the second half, the home team hit back with two goals to take the win.

Meanwhile, West Ham were at home, and were held to a 1-1 draw by Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton.

In regards to result this Wednesday, consider the fact that the awe-inspiring Leicester are desperate for the three points. In spite of their recent stumbles, the wounded Foxes are still one of the most dangerous opponents for any team to take on right now.

Moreover, they will have the additional support of the King Power Stadium to cheer them on.

Keep note that Leicester were unbeaten in 14 of their last 16 home games, and their sole two losses this season in front of the home crowd had come against Liverpool, and Southampton (the previous game week).

They did have a seven-match winning run at this venue in the initial stage of the season, and only once have they failed to find the back of the net at this ground since August. The match was against the best defensive side in the league – Liverpool.

In addition, West Ham were winless in 14 of their prior 18 overall fixtures, and an embarrassing 11 of these were losses. Also keep note that the team had a single win this whole season against a team from the top-ten of the PL. 

They were also winless in eight of their previous eleven games on the road, and had failed to score in six of their preceding eleven away match-ups.

Going on, Leicester won the reverse fixture of this upcoming game, and had registered five of the last six h2h wins. They also have lost just twice against this opponent since 2000, and have failed to score only once against them at this ground since 2004.

Taking into account these observations, it’s expected that the Foxes should make a return to their winning ways this Wednesday at home.

On the same note, they used to be the best defensive side in the whole competition, before their tough set of fixtures started. As of now, the foxes are trying to get back into their groove, and we can count on their incredible backline to give their heart out on the pitch.

While a clean sheet for the whole game seems a little too much to ask, to do so for the first 45 minutes is a reasonable enough task, and we believe Leicester are capable to do just that.

Leicester City vs West Ham Betting Tips

  • To Win: Leicester @ 1.60 (3/5)
  • Leicester to Keep a Clean Sheet in the First Half @ 1.40 (2/5).