West Ham United vs Leicester City
English Premier League
Date: 28 December 2019, Saturday.
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 Central European Time
Venue: Olympic Stadium (London).
West Ham and Leicester City look for redemption after suffering defeats on the boxing day.
The Hammers had a lead but eventually squandered it and fell to a 1-2 defeat to Crystal Palace on Thursday.
Meantime, sloppy defending ended Leicester’s unbeaten home run with a 0-4 defeat to Liverpool, despite controlling majority of the game.
West Ham United vs Leicester City Match Preview
Pressure is now sky high on Manuel Pellegrini after West Ham fell 1-2 at Palace. The Hammers are now just spot above relegation zone after losing 8 of their last 11 Premier League games (2W, 1D).
Moreover, the Chilean is overdue with a win at home, their last dating back to September versus Manchester United (2-0). The win-less run at home currently stand at 5 games with a draw and 4 losses.
Good news for punters is the stat that all those 5 games saw both teams scoring.
Leicester is sitting at second on the log, but they could be displaced by Manchester City if they win against Wolves on Friday.
Boxing day’s 0-4 defeat to Liverpool is their first home defeat of the season after bagging 7 wins and 2 draws in previous 9.
The Foxes are coming to the match on back-to-back defeats, with their most recent away game resulting in a 1-3 defeat at Manchester City.
The onus is high on both sides to bag three points here, for two different reasons.
West Ham United vs Leicester City Head-to-head Stats (h2h)
Last season’s league clashes between the sides resulted in draws – 2-2 at Olympic Stadium and 1-1 at the King Power Stadium.
West Ham are unbeaten in the last 4 h2h meetings versus Leicester, however three of them are stalemates.
Six of the last 8 h2h meetings saw both teams scoring.
However, West Ham are win-less at home against Leicester since 2014; drew 2 and lost 2. All the four games saw both teams finding the back of the net.
West Ham United vs Leicester City Prediction
Leicester City were humbled by Liverpool on boxing day by a massive margin but expect them to bounce back with a strong performance this Saturday.
The opportunity is there for Brendan Rodgers and his men as West Ham is a side that struggled both home and away this season. The Hammers are due with a home win since September (1D, 4L).
From a punters point of view, what interests me the scoring stats of both teams. West Ham did score in all home games since the matchday 1 defeat (0-5) against Manchester City. Meantime, Leicester found the back of the net in every road game expect in a narrow 0-1 defeat at Old Trafford.
Couple this with h2h, we have a safe bet in both teams to score.
It is also useful to remind the games involving these two sides saw goals coming in pair in the second half. Four of last 5 home games of the Hammers saw over 1.5 goals in the same half and the same numbers applies to Leicester’s away games.
Priced in the region of 1.85 odd, West Ham and Leicester to see Over 1.5 goals in the second half is a strong value bet for brave punters.
West Ham United vs Leicester City Betting Tips
Both teams to Score @ 5/8 (1.62)
Over 1.5 goals in the second half @ 6/7 (1.85).