Best Odds: 5/2
We’re at the business end of the season now, and that means every single minute of every single remaining game counts for something. In the instance of the game we’re going to talk about today, West Ham vs Leicester, both teams have outside hopes of qualifying for the Europa League next season. In order to do so, they need to finish seventh and hope that Manchester City beat Watford in the FA Cup Final – which may sound pretty simple, but as it turns out, it could get pretty complicated.
West Ham probably didn’t think that qualifying for Europe was a realistic possibility at the start of the season, and even know, they’re widely considered to be the underdogs in the race for seventh. Alas, you just can’t count them out of any race, especially when you consider some of the wins they’ve put together this season. The summer transfer window is going to be really important for them, but beyond that, they’ll be dying to bring European football back to London Stadium once again.
Lanzini’s groin injury means he is unlikely to feature, with Cresswell and Arnautovic also both being doubts for the home side. Antonio is expected to start, with questions being raised over whether Issa Diop will feature in this one.
It’s been a year of tragedy for Leicester City Football Club, which is why qualifying for Europe after going through something like that would feel so fitting. They’ve got the infrastructure, they’ve got the star power, and they’ve got a new manager that seems to be riding a wave of momentum right now. They lost their last outing, sure, but given how tight it is between the Foxes and the teams around them, nobody should count themselves out of this race just yet.
Albrighton made an appearance against Newcastle but isn’t expected to replicate that here, with Evans’ return meaning that the only real injury concern for the club is Daniel Amartey.
Factors to Consider
- In their last meeting back in October, these two teams drew 1-1.
- West Ham have won two and lost four of their last six games.
- Leicester have won four and lost two of their last six games.
- West Ham have scored seven goals and conceded 11 in their last six games.
- Leicester have scored 12 goals and conceded six in their last six games.
Both of these teams have nothing to lose and both of them are going to go for it, so logically speaking, we should be in for a pretty fun game at London Stadium. We can see the Hammers thriving off of their home crowd by building a nice lead throughout the first hour or so of the game, only for the Foxes to hit back and start to build some momentum towards a comeback. In the end, we’re predicting that they share the spoils, which isn’t exactly a result either team wants.
Best Odds: 5/2
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