Friday night football is back. Leicester City will travel down south to face David Moyes’ West Ham United under the London Stadium floodlights and another defeat for the Hammers will send more shockwaves across east London. Unfortunately for the hosts, they are going up against one of the Premier League’s form sides in Leicester.
Prior to Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at home against Manchester City, the Foxes had gone five top flight games without defeat. Away from the King Power Stadium, Leicester have been solid for the most part of the campaign. Claude Puel’s side are unbeaten in four away fixtures and another positive result looks likely this weekend.
New Manager, Same Issues For Struggling Hammers
Anybody expecting West Ham to benefit immediately from Moyes’ appointment was sorely mistaken – the Hammers were very disappointing against Watford on Sunday afternoon. A short turnaround ahead of Friday’s clash with Leicester is hardly ideal but with a difficult run of fixtures approaching, victory here is an absolute must for West Ham.
The Hammers face Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham in December and it is probably going to get worse before it gets better. There was no sign of the usual ‘bounce’ that a new manager can give last weekend and Moyes cannot afford to drop too many points in these games. There is an ominous mood around the club and the jury is already out on whether Moyes is the right man for the job.
At the time of writing, West Ham are available at 7/4 to secure a huge three points here but it is hard to back the home side on current form. Throw their poor record against Leicester into the mix too and punters may want to steer clear. The Foxes are unbeaten in their last six competitive fixtures against the Hammers.
Manchester City Setback Shouldn't Affect Leicester
Leicester will take some beating on Friday evening. Yes, they were second best when losing to Manchester City last weekend but the Foxes should be proud of their efforts. Conceding just two goals to Pep Guardiola’s men is an achievement in itself given how the Blues have demolished their Premier League rivals this season. A bounce back against West Ham in what is a winnable game looks likely.
After his early season exploits, Jamie Vardy has gone off the boil in recent weeks. With just one goal since the end of September, the Leicester star is due a big game and he could lead by example here. Vardy made a positive impact in Leicester’s Friday night trip to Arsenal on the opening weekend and another evening clash in London may spark the Foxes man into life; the England man is priced at 29/20 to score.
After a hit and miss start, Puel has brought some much-needed balance to this Leicester side and the former Southampton manager deserves plenty of credit. The Foxes are now playing some superb stuff and a positive result looks likely this weekend. Barring a Moyes miracle, it should be a successful Friday evening for the visitors.
WEST HAM UNITED 1-2 LEICESTER CITY (Priced at 17/2 with 888sport)
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*