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Leicester vs West Ham: Go for Hammers to be outfoxed

Leicester vs West Ham Match Preview and Predictions

Leicester host West Ham on Saturday night with both teams aiming to end two-match losing runs in the Premier League.

[All odds correct at time of publication]

The Foxes lost 2-1 at home to Everton and looked to be on course for an unlikely win at Arsenal after an impressive first-half performance but there was only one team in it once the inspirational Mesut Ozil had equalised just before the break.

The Hammers went down 1-0 to both Brighton and Tottenham despite having higher expected goals tallies than both of their opponents.

Match information

When is it? Saturday 27th October

What time is kick-off? 17:30

Where is it being played? King Power Stadium

Which channel is it on? BT Sport 1

Who is the referee? Michael Oliver

Leicester vs West Ham Betting Tips

Here are our best tips for Saturday's match for which we have a range of other markets available:

The lowdown

Leicester were outstanding in the first 45 minutes at the Emirates on Monday night and fully deserved their opener when Hector Bellerin diverted Ben Chilwell's low cross past keeper Bernd Leno.

But just like last season, the Gunners came from behind to secure victory, although had Rob Holding been punished for a handball in the area and received a second yellow card, the result could have been very different.

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The message we're trying to get across is that Leicester looked spectacularly good for a spell against a team that have now won 10 matches in a row and could mount a title challenge under new manager Unai Emery.

If the Foxes can play like that against a side only half as good as the Gunners, they should have no problem in beating West Ham.

Claude Puel's side have won all three of their matches against teams below them in the table and so the first of our Leicester vs West Ham predictions is for Leicester to win at 23/20.

This weekend's best bets

If you're interested in accumulators or in-play betting, check out our regular betting columns:

First goalscorer tips

Jamie Vardy went off with a stomach bug towards the end of the 3-1 defeat at Arsenal so his participation on Saturday is doubtful so instead we are going for James Maddison to break the deadlock at 6/1.

The former Norwich midfielder has scored three goals in his debut season and is the second most threatening Leicester player behind Vardy over the last 10 games with 2.4xG.

Anytime goalscorer tips

Harry Maguire continues to look dangerous at set-pieces and with two goals from nine games he looks good value at 6/1 in the anytime goalscorer odds.

The England defender nearly made it three with a header which was superbly saved by Leno on Monday and he is City's third most threatening player this season.

Where the game will be won or lost

Leicester attacked Arsenal with pace on Monday night and their display had Puel purring in his post-match press conference, albeit he was frustrated by some of the decisions he felt went against his team.

He said: "I think of course we deserved another result, we played a brilliant first half, a fantastic performance with good quality, discipline and structure. In this game all the bad moments went against us."

It remains to be seen whether Puel picks the same starting XI and deploys similar tactics against a West Ham side that have played on the counter attack away from home this season.

What we do know is that the midlanders have scored before the break in three of their four home matches this season and we like the look of the first goal being scored between 21-30 minutes at 11/2.

The above graphic shows the Hammers are vulnerable and Leicester dangerous during that 10-minute spell, recently breaking the deadlock on the half-hour mark at Newcastle and narrowly missing out at the Emirates.

The last of our Premier League predictions is for the Foxes to win 3-1 at 18/1. Three of Leicester's four wins have come by two-goal margins and they are superior in attack and defence to their London rivals according to the expected goals charts.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

Leicester have lost all three matches against top-six sides but have won all three encounters with teams below them in the table. West Ham are starting to struggle for goals and they have the fourth worst defence at chances allowed - a factor which Leicester's attack can exploit.

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Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Football