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West Ham vs Leicester Prediction & Betting tips
West Ham United and Leicester City open the 13th round of the 2017/2018 Premier League season on Friday night. Both clubs are in the lower half of the table before this encounter. After five consecutive winless games, West Ham United are relegated, with Leicester scoring four points ahead of them. Away, “The Foxes” have shown acceptable performances in the past few weeks and have been in unfamiliar positions for four games without defeat. Will their series continue in the Olympic Stadium?
West Ham :
In early November, the responsible West Hams responded to the negative series of their club and dismissed coach Slaven Bilic. Since then, David Moyes (former coach of Everton FC and Manchester United) has been coaching the Hammers. Last weekend, Moyes made his debut. Against Watford FC his team had to accept a 0-2 defeat. They met their opponent at eye level, but allowed too many chances to score. In the Premier League West Ham United is currently on a relegation zone. They could only win against Huddersfield Town and Swansea City, otherwise there were three draws and seven defeats.
With 25 penalties, West Ham United has the weakest defense in the entire league. They have conceded 11 goals in their last four games, an average of 2.75 goals per game. In the home Olympic Stadium, the “Hammers” lost three of the five home games. Most recently, they dropped out of the court twice in a row. In the home game of David Moyes against Leicester City defender Jose Fonte and right-back Sam Byram fall out due to injury. The use of Mikhail Antonio is still questionable.
Leicester City is ranked 12th in the Premier League after 12 games. They have an overall record of three wins, four draws and five defeats with a slightly negative goal difference of 16:18. In mid-October Craig Shakespeare was on leave as a Leicester coach. Under him, according to the club responsible in recent times no progress had been recognizable. His successor is the Frenchman Claude Puel. With him, the team has so far won a win, a draw and a defeat. Away, the “Foxes” showed last acceptable performance. They have been unbeaten in four away games. Their top scorer this season is center-forward Jamie Vardy with six goals scored.
Last Saturday, Leicester City lost 2-0 at home to Manchester City. Against the favorites and leaders they could hardly create scores. Next Friday, the offensive Leicesters needed a significant increase in performance. Claude Puel will have to do without center-back Robert Huth. Summer transfer Adrien Silva is also locked until the new year. The away game against West Ham United last season won Leicester City 3-2.
West Ham vs Leicester head to head matches
18.03.17 PL West Ham Leicester 2 : 3
31.12.16 PL Leicester West Ham 1 : 0
17.04.16 PL Leicester West Ham 2 : 2
22.09.15 CC Leicester West Ham 2 : 1 (1 : 1)
15.08.15 PL West Ham Leicester 1 : 2