Kick-off: 1930, 22/01/2020
Stadium: King Power Stadium
TV: BT Sport
Leicester are enduring a dip in form but are expected to get back on track when they host strugglers West Ham at the King Power Stadium.
The Foxes have lost four of their last six games but are still well on course for a return to the Champions League.
West Ham have struggled to break down the division’s best defences and a home win to nil at 33/20 is our opening Leicester vs West Ham prediction.
A Look At Leicester City’s Betting Odds
Leicester missed the chance to move level with Manchester City in second place on Sunday when they wasted a first-half lead to lose 2-1 at Burnley.
Harvey Barnes put the Foxes in front as they dominated the opening 45 minutes and they had plenty more chances, the best of which was a Jamie Vardy penalty which Nick Pope saved.
Despite ultimately leaving Turf Moor with nothing, there was plenty to like about Leicester’s performance and manager Brendan Rodgers is not too concerned by recent results, having also scored first in a 2-1 loss to Southampton in their previous home game.
Reflecting on the Burnley game, Rodgers said: “I thought we deserved to win the game, we just didn’t take our chances. That was a mixture of their keeper making some brilliant saves and our finishing.
“I always thought we were a threat in the game, we had that fluency back.
“I don’t lose the fact of where we are and where we sit. We’ve had a few blips but we’ll get our confidence back and get back to the level we know we can play.”
Early goals could be important here, with first-half strikes being a feature of plenty of their recent matches and the same applies for West Ham.
There were more goals in the first half when Leicester won 2-1 in the reverse fixture last month and the same bet appeals at 2/1 in the Leicester vs West Ham odds.
Last Leicester line-up: Schmeichel, Soyuncu, Evans, Pereira, Fuchs, Maddison, Barnes, Mendy, Praet, Vardy, Perez.
A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds
West Ham also wasted a lead at the weekend as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home against Everton.
The Hammers were good value for the first-half advantage given to them by defender Issa Diop, but Everton hit back almost immediately through Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Boss David Moyes said: “I thought the first half was better than the second half, we had our chances in the first half but didn’t take them.
“Every point is really important at the moment, we’re in a tight part of the division. There’s been small improvements, we’re not conceding too many goals.”
Scoring goals on their travels has often been a problem, though. In eight away league games against teams which began this round of fixtures above them in the table, West Ham have only scored four goals.
They suffered 2-0 defeats at both Wolves and Everton while Leicester have won by that score on four occasions already.
Let’s back a 2-0 home win at 15/2 as the last of our Leicester vs West Ham betting tips.
Last West Ham line-up: Randolph, Cresswell, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Diop, Lanzini, Snodgrass, Noble, Fornals, Rice, Haller.
Burnley 2-1 LEICESTER – Harvey Barnes
WEST HAM 1-1 Everton – Issa Diop
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