The Premier League is back with a bang for its 31st week of action-packed football. On Sunday, West Ham is set to face a mighty challenge in Leicester in their own backyard. West Ham has so far enjoyed a good season despite hiccups in the middle whereas Leicester is looking to recover from a mammoth loss that they suffered at the hands of Man City.
Even though Leicester has a sizeable advantage going into this game, West Ham are known to put up a strong fight when faced against big teams.
West Ham vs Leicester City Football Odds and Predictions: Predicted winner
|Leicester City||West Ham||Predicted Winner|
|FcTables||Chances of Win: 39%||Chances of Win: 32%||Leicester City|
|Oddschecker||Odds: 6/4||Odds: 28/3||Leicester City|
|FiveThirtyEight||Chances of Win: 41%||Chances fo Win: 39%||West Ham|
FCTables known for giving out spot on predictions have given 32% chance to West Brom whereas Leicester is tipped to grab 3 points with 39% chance for this clash.
According to Oddschecker, hosts are given best odds of 28/13 in contrast to that of the favorites who have favorable odds of 6/4.
On the other hand, FiveThirtyEight have gone on to predict West Ham as the front runners in this interesting clash with a 41% chance whereas Leicester has been given a decent chance of 33% to emerge victorious.
West Ham vs Leicester City Football Odds and Predictions: Predicted line-up
The predicted lineup for this exciting clash is as follows:
West Ham: Fabianski, Craig Dawson, Cresswell, Issa Diop, Masuaku, Mark Noble, Soucek, Coufal, Lingard, Fornals and Jarrod Bowen.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Jonny Evans, Amartey, Fofana, Castagne, Ndidi, Tielemans, Albrighton, Ayoze Perez, Jamie Vardy and Iheanacho.
West Ham vs Leicester City Football Odds and Predictions: Offensive and defensive stats
Looking at West Ham’s attack, it seems that the arrival of Jesse Lingard has been in a blessing in disguise for the side. He has scored 6 goals and has assisted on 3 occasions in the 8 games along with 78.9% success in passes along with 1.1 dribbles and 1.1 key passes every game so far.
He will have to be backed up by the likes of Fornals and Bowen who haven’t yet found their form for the team.
Jarrod Bowen has been proactive in the middle with 7 goals and 3 assists in 32 games along with 73.8% pass success. Pablo Fornals has scored on 4 occasions for the side with a rating of 6.68 this season.
The Leicester attack will be led by England striker Jamie Vardy who has scored 14 goals and assisted on 7 occasions so far this season. He is expected to return to the eleven and is looking for scoring opportunities with a rating of 7.07 in this season.
James Maddison has returned to form with 11 goals and 6 assists in 33 games for the side and will be a key candidate in creating chances against West Ham.
Kelechi Iheanacho has given clinical performances in the recent games with 12 goals and 3 assists but will have to create more scoring opportunities for the team to come out on top.
Leicester City is ahead.
The West Ham’s midfield has a huge job in hand if they have to score three important points over the weekend. Mark Noble is yet to assist in 21 appearances and usually likes to shoot from the distance. In addition to this, he has 86.7% pass accuracy and 0.4 tackles per game.
Tomas Soucek might seem to be weak in passes, but he more than covers it up with his strong passing and dribbling skills besides his 13 goals in 41 outings. He creates 1.7 shots on target per game and has 7.40 rating in this season.
Youri Tielemans strengths include dribbling, long shots along with providing vital contribution in terms of defense. He has scored 10 goals and has assisted on 3 occasions so far along with a rating of 7.02.
Wilfred Ndidi has also been an important candidate in the lineup with decent numbers. He has 1 goal and 3 assists in addition to a passing rate of 86.2% in addition to 2 aerial duels won per game.
Leicester City is ahead.
The backline of Diop, Cresswell and Coufal will have to throw in a formidable challenge against Leicester. The Center back Issa Diop has 84.2% pass success along with 3.3 clears per match which might turn out to be significant in the coming match.
Aaron Cresswell is a versatile player for the team who not only defends but creates chances. He has 7 assists in 33 games at 78.7% pass accuracy along with 1 tackle and 2.1 clears in the recent past. Vladimir Coufal is an asset to the team with his intercepting skills with three man of the match performances in 42 games so far.
Leicester’s defense was shaken when they played City last week. Wesley Fofana has 85.4% pass success along with 1.6 tackles per game, 2.2 interceptions per game and 3.5 clears per game which makes him a perfect match for the full center back.
Jonny Evans returning to the side does make a huge difference with the left back doing a fine job on the backline. The star defender has a rating of 6.78 in 36 games. Timothy Castagne strength is to tackle consistently and clears the ball instantly. He has incredible numbers and is rated close to 6.85 in this season.
Leicester City is ahead.
West Ham vs Leicester City Football Odds and Predictions: Recent form
West Ham didn’t have one of the best starts to the season with back-to-back defeats against Arsenal and New Castle. But they were back on track with important wins against giant sides. Despite getting labelled as the underdogs, they have punched above their weight that has helped them stay afloat in the top 5.
In their recent most clash, they held on to a 3-0 lead even when Wolves made inroads with two goals in the end to keep their 4th spot in the table intact. They have scored 48 goals and have conceded 37 goals in 30 appearances averaging 1.6 goals per game.
On the other hand, Leicester have slowly and steadily consolidated their top 3 spot in the points table. This not only instills them with confidence but also gives them an opportunity to play in the Champions league. They put up monumental performances in February and March when they took down the challenges of Liverpool, Aston Villa and Sheffield United pretty easily.
In their last game against City, the hosts had no answer for City’s attack with the latter team decimating the 3rd placed team with no mercy. They have secured 17 triumphs and 8 defeats in 30 games so far.
West Ham vs Leicester City Football Odds and Predictions: Head-to-head
Matches: 24: West Ham: 8 Leicester: 9 Draw: 7
Last 5 meetings: West Ham – 1, Leicester – 2, Draw – 2.
Recent Meeting: West Ham defeated Leicester by a 3-0 margin in a Premier League fixture.