Leicester City vs. West Ham United Betting Preview – EPL, October 4, 2020
After the last few seasons, it has been no surprise that Leicester has started so well. But it is a shock that the Foxes are unbeaten and top of the league – especially considering they have already had to play Manchester City.
This Sunday West Ham is the opponent and the London side will be still on a high after sensationally thrashing Wolves last weekend.
It looks like West Ham’s 4-0 drubbing of Wolves has influenced BetOnline on the pricing of this weekend’s game. But the 5-2 win that Leicester managed away at Manchester City is also a big factor with these odds. It has made the home win bet a little more attractive though.
Manchester City’s defense just couldn’t cope with Jamie Vardy last week. Even at the age of 34, the England striker was able to confuse Nathan Ake and Eric Garcia all game and finished off with three goals – with two from the penalty spot. He will be relishing the chance to attack a sometimes suspect West Ham backline.
But it is not just Vardy that is doing the business at Leicester. Manager Brendan Rodgers has previously been frustrated at how his side has relied on Vardy to score the goals to achieve victories. But there is a real team effort going on at the moment and that is even more remarkable considering the absence of influential Wilfred Ndidi in the middle of the field.
West Ham will have to hope that its own midfield will play in the same way as it did against Wolves last Sunday. Jarrod Bowen and Pablo Fornals acted more as part of an attacking trio alongside Michail Antonio, but it was the running from deep that Wolves struggled with throughout.
Antonio has been the lone goal scorer at West Ham for a while now, so manager David Moyes will have been pleased to see a group effort from his side as well last week. There is always the possibility of West Ham imploding at any time, however, and the defense could be in for a tough afternoon here.
Prediction and Betting Pick
Leicester City to Win-147
West Ham surprised everyone with the dominating display against Wolves last week that ended in an incredible 4-0 win. But being able to follow up on one good result has consistently been a problem for the team over the years. Playing Leicester away is always a tough game but this fixture could really bring the Hammers back to size.