Leicester City v West Ham United: All you need to know
The Hammers head into the final week of the season on Saturday with a trip to mid-table Leicester City. With three games to go David Moyes’ men still need points to make sure of their Premier League status and they will be targeting three of them at the King Power Stadium.
David Moyes has confirmed that Andy Carroll is in this squad for Saturday’s trip to Leicester City, and the striker will compete with Marko Arnautovic, Chicharito and Jordan Hugill for a starting position.
James Collins and Pedro Obiang are back in training following their injuries, but Saturday’s game will come too soon for them to make a comeback.
Winston Reid, Sam Byram and Michail Antonio remain on the long-term injury list, although Joe Hart is available again after he was ineligible for last weekend’s visit of Manchester City.
Leicester are expected to be without Wilfred Ndidi, while Marc Albrighton is suspended after being sent-off at Crystal Palace last week.
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It became vividly clear last weekend that Leicester have taken their foot off the gas as this Premier League season draws to a close. They were humiliated away to Crystal Palace, losing 5-0 to follow on from a home draw to Southampton to make it four games without a win in the Premier League.
They may hold a comfortable position in the top half of the Premier League, but that defeat will have hurt manager, players, and fans alike. Claude Puel will undoubtedly have given them a few stern words in the aftermath of that match, and we’re expecting a much more lively showing from The Foxes on Saturday.
This isn’t good news for West Ham, who remain in danger of relegation from the Premier League. They come into their final three games of the season 15th in the table, just three points clear of the last of the drop spots and in poor form themselves.
The Hammers were duly hammered at home to Manchester City last weekend, with that 4-1 loss following on from an identical scoreline away to Arsenal the weekend before. They haven’t won in four matches now and end the season with hostings of Manchester United and Everton, so more points are by no means guaranteed.
Away from home West Ham’s form is quite atrocious really. They are winless since the middle of January in their Premier League away days, losing four of their five matches since then and shipping a huge 16 goals in the process. They have managed to score themselves in each of their last ten trips away to be fair, but have conceded an average of 2.3 goals per game during that time and kept just one clean sheet.
Leicester’s home form has deteriorated recently, but they have managed to find the net in seven of their last eight league games at the King Power Stadium and have only lost once. Admittedly four of their last five have ended all square, but they will feel confident putting a few past West Ham’s shaky back line.
Keeping a clean sheet will be another matter though. The Foxes have conceded in four of their last five home games, only keeping a clean sheet against Southampton. This makes a Both Teams to Score bet look good value, so we’re going for that along with a 3-1 win for the hosts.
Jamie Vardy continues to impress for Leicester and has scored in four of Leicester’s last six league matches, netting half of The Foxes total goals during this period. We’re backing him to find the net for the 18th time this season.