There are several reasons to suspect that Leicester are going to extinguish West Ham’s slim chances of second place with a victory at the King Power Stadium in Monday’s televised Championship tie…
West Ham have far more at stake in the east midlands on Monday night, with only three points enough to take their challenge for a top-two finish to the final day, however Leicester look the more appetising prospect at 17/10.
The Foxes have a remarkably strong record at home to the division’s top teams, triumphing on four of the five occasions that they have hosted top-six opponents, overcoming the likes of Southampton, Blackpool and Birmingham.
In addition, they are currently enjoying their longest unbeaten run in front of their fans of the campaign, winning five and drawing three from eight since a shock defeat to Barnsley in January.
West Ham are slight favourites at 6/4 and the Championship’s best travellers, but they were held last Tuesday by Bristol City and have won just three of their last 11 fixtures at any venue.
Leicester have kept clean sheets in each of their last three home games but that streak looks likely to end against a Irons side that have fired just one blank away to a club below them in the table, that being Millwall way back in September.
Both teams to score is consequently well fancied at 4/6, and if the reverse fixture at the Boleyn Ground – which finished 3-2 in Sam Allardyce’s men’s favour – is a guideline, an entertaining contest should ensue.
West Ham’s last four away encounters have averaged three goals and this one is 4/5 to produce over 2.5 goals. Two of Leicester’s five home wins against top-eight clubs have wound up 2-1 and this is 10/1 to follow suit.