Match: West Ham United vs Leicester City
League: English Premier League
Date: 28 December 2019, Saturday.
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 Central European Time
Venue: Olympic Stadium (London).
West Ham vs Leicester: West Ham and Leicester City are seeking acquisition after suffering losses the day after Christmas.
The Hammers had an advantage, but they finally wasted it and fell to a 1-2 loss to Crystal Palace on Thursday.
Meanwhile, a careless defense ended the undefeated Leicester circuit with a 0-4 loss to Liverpool, despite most of the game control.
Leicester City was humiliated by Liverpool the day after Christmas by a massive margin, but expects them to recover with a solid performance this Saturday.
The opportunity is there for Brendan Rodgers and his men, since West Ham is a team that has had problems both at home and away this season. The Hammers are expected to have a home victory since September (1D, 4L).
From the point of view of the bettors, what interests me are the scoring statistics of the two teams. West Ham has scored in all home games since day 1 (0-5) against Manchester City. Meanwhile, Leicester has found the bottom of the net in every road game scheduled in a 0-1 loss to Old Trafford.
Add to that h2h, we have a safe bet on both teams to score.
It is also worth remembering that the parties that involved these two teams saw goals two in the second half. Four of the last 5 home games of the Hammers have scored more than 1.5 goals in the same half and the same numbers apply to games outside Leicester.
With a price in the odd region of 1.85, West Ham and Leicester to see more than 1.5 goals in the second half is a strong bet for the brave punters.
Manuel Pellegrini is now under pressure after the fall of West Ham 1-2 at the Palace. The Hammers are now just above the relegation zone after losing 8 of their last 11 Premier League games (2W, 1D).
In addition, the Chilean has long awaited a home victory, his last September date against Manchester United (2-0). The home race without wins currently has 5 games with a draw and 4 losses.
The good news for bettors is the statistics that all these 5 games have seen both teams score.
Leicester is second in the standings, but Manchester City could move them if they win against the Wolves on Friday.
Liverpool’s 0-4 loss to Liverpool is their first home loss of the season after winning 7 wins and 2 draws in the previous 9 games.
The Fox arrive for consecutive losses, their last away game resulting in a 1-3 loss to Manchester City.
The burden of proof is high on both sides to get three points here, for two different reasons.