West Ham welcome Leicester City to London on Saturday as they look to end a poor run of form against the Foxes, who are looking to rebound from their first loss in a while, in the Premier League.
Group EPL London Stadium, London, England
Key Stat: Over the last 15 games, West Ham have only picked up 15 points, with just three teams- including the two already relegated sides- beneath them over that span.
Expert Verdict: It's not been a great time of it of late from West Ham. The Hammers are on a run of four losses from their last five games, and because of that, they might just be home underdogs to Leicester. The Foxes had been heating up but were cooled off with a defeat at the hands of Newcastle at home. It's a hard one to call, but the visitors look like they could edge it here. They are trending upward under Rodgers, and a bounce back isn't out of the equation for them.
Manuel Pellegrini continues to have issues with a number of high profile stars, including center back Winston Reid, midfielders Samir Nasri and Jack Wilshere, and winger Andriy Yarmolenko. Striker Andy Carroll and midfielder Carlos Sanchez are also set to miss out again.
West Ham have had a couple of very tough matches in the past two weeks, but they haven’t been blown away in either, and they will hope that Felipe Anderson’s form will carry over to this match after he bagged his ninth goal of the season in the loss away to United last time out. He also has had four assists in a great debut PL season. Providing him some space to operate in will be Chicharito Hernandez. The Mexican forward always seem to make the perfect run at the precise moment, and that frees up his teammates to operate as they would like. He’s also grabbed seven goals of his own already.
West Ham have four losses and a win in their last five matches:
2-1 loss at Manchester United
2-0 loss at Chelsea
0-2 home loss vs Everton
4-3 home win vs Huddersfield
2-0 loss at Cardiff
Defenders:Zabaleta, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Masuaku
Midfielders:Anderson, Noble, Rice, Snodgrass, Lanzini
Brendan Rodgers only has midfielders Bartosz Kapustka and Daniel Amartey, neither of which are favorites of his anyway, that will be missing out here in London.
The Foxes would love to get back on track quickly, and one way to do that is to play to Jamie Vardy’s strengths. They can suck West Ham into a possession based game and then dink the ball over the top for the 15 goal man to run onto. James Maddison is a man that has benefited from a good run of games in the Premier League so far, capitalizing on every chance he has gotten under multiple managers to make his mark in his first season in the top flight. He’s scored seven times and assisted six times in a breakout season.
Leicester have a loss and four wins in their last five matches:
0-1 home loss vs Newcastle
1-4 win at Huddersfield
2-0 home win vs Bournemouth
1-2 win at Burnley
3-1 home win vs Fulham
Defenders:Pereira, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell
Midfielders:Gray, Tielemans, Ndidi, Maddison, Barnes
Through 86 matches, West Ham lead the way over Leicester, though not by too much. The Hammers have 34 wins, 22 draws, and 30 losses against the Foxes.
Here's a look at the last five results:
Oct 27, 2018: Leicester 1-1 WHU
May 5, 2018: Leicester 0-2 WHU
Nov 24, 2017: WHU 1-1 Leicester
Mar 18, 2017: WHU 2-3 Leicester
Dec 31, 2016: Leicester 1-0 WHU
Bet365 have the following odds available for this match:
West Ham are at 11/5 to win, a draw is at 12/5, and a Leicester win is at 6/5.
West Ham come into this weekend as the 11th ranked team in the Premier League on 42 points from 34 matches. This total sees them on the very outskirts of the top seven battle, well away from the bottom but not really that close to the Europa League slots. With that said, they have three winnable fixtures here to close out the season, meaning they could just about sneak in with the right results elsewhere. In their last five matches, they have just one win and three points to show.
Remaining Fixtures: vs Leicester, @ Tottenham, vs Southampton, @ Watford
Leicester will start play in seventh place with 47 points. Currently, they are ahead of Wolves in eighth by goal difference alone as they look to lock up a possible European place, which was unheard of a matter of weeks ago. But with that said, they have some extremely tough matches in this final stretch, so they had better get the points while they can. Prior to the loss on Saturday, they had won four in a row.
Remaining Fixtures: @ West Ham, vs Arsenal, @ Manchester City, vs Chelsea
The Hammers begin play with the total of 27 points to show from their 17 home fixtures so far. That’s good enough for ninth as things sit. They have eight home wins all season, with three of those coming in their past five matches. Over that same stretch, they have ten points to show from 15 on offer there, not a bad total at all for them.
The Foxes come into this encounter with 24 points from 17 away trips, putting them in sixth as far as road games go. This puts them above the likes of Arsenal and everyone else not in the top six, a real accomplishment. They have seven points from their last five matches, including two wins on the bounce, a decent return recently.
Both teams scoring, via Ladbrokes, is at 4/7.
Betfair have Vardy scoring anytime at 2.0.
Leicester aren’t back to title winning form again, and honestly they never ever return there, but they are not a team to be messed with. The Hammers fall against them having conceded too many goals of late to keep it tight at the back.