Premier League: West Ham vs Leicester Preview

West Ham

28 December 2019 live

18:30 UTC

Premier League

Leicester

 

West Ham United have conceded 3+ goals in each of their last three Premier League (PL) home games, and haven’t kept a cleansheet in any of their last five (2.4 conceded per-match on average). However, the ‘Hammers’ are unbeaten in half of the league games they have entered as betting outsiders this season (W4, D2, L6).
Just one of the above victories attained as outsiders came here at the London Stadium though (W1, L3). As such, West Ham fans must fuel their optimism on the fact that ‘Hammers’ boss Manuel Pellegrini has lost only one of seven fixtures vs Leicester City on the touchline (W3, D3, L1).
Leicester have won each of their last four away games vs opposition currently outside the top-four by a 2+ goal margin. Furthermore, eight of Leicester’s 12 PL victories so far this term have produced a margin of over 1.5 goals, while the Foxes’ last three away league victories have seen them specifically win the second half 2-0.
A strong start is crucial again for Leicester though, as all three of the Foxes’ prior away league defeats this season came after a lost first half. In addition, Leicester have only recovered one away point (of a possible 12) from a losing position at half-time this term (Away HT: W3, D2, L4).
Players to watch: Both of West Ham’s home league victories this term have seen an Andriy Yarmolenko goal contribute to two 2-0 victories.
Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has scored in eight of his last 11 PL appearances, and could make it a goal in six straight away league games here.
Stat attack: West Ham are currently conceding 1.06 second-half goals per-match on average (PL only).

Only Liverpool (19) have received fewer than Leicester’s 20 bookings this season (1.05 per-match).
All five prior H2Hs between the coaches saw both teams score and produce over 2.5 total match goals (W2, D1, L2).

 

What time is kick off?
The match begins at 18:30.