One of the top teams of PL – Leicester against Outsider West Ham United. We’ll see an interesting match today
Leicester City competitive way
Back-to-back home defeats mark a decline in form for Leicester City, and mostly their title race hopes after the ‘Foxes’ had only lost one of their 15 Premier League home games prior. Moreover, six conceded goals across those two defeats (four after half-time) are as many as they shipped across the 13 Premier League home games before. If nothing else, Leicester is a well-disciplined bunch – they are one of four sides yet to see red this Premier League season and have received a league-low 22 yellow cards – 0.96 per match average. Notably, the opposition on the day has gained more yellows than Leicester in four of their last five competitive home games.
Moyes in trouble
Evening hoodoo? West Ham United was winless in post-7pm Premier League kick-offs since a 2-1 victory over Southampton back in December 2018. Moreover, the ‘Hammers’ failed to score across all six of those matches. Should West Ham open the scoring, as they have done in 13 of their 22 Premier League matches (59.10% overall/ 54.55% away), it may not last – the visitors have won just three of the previous nine league matches in which they struck first.
Will not play
From Leicester: Amartey – Ankle injury.
From West Ham United: Anderson – Chest injury, Fabianski – Thigh injury, Fredericks – Thigh Injury, Wilshere – Groin injury, Yarmolenko – Thigh injury.
Players to watch
Failure to score here would see Leicester’s Jamie Vardy (17 Premier League goals) endure his longest goal-drought since a five-game run between October/November 2018.
Issa Diop is the latest West Ham player to open the scoring before they ended up drawing – the defender has shown a yellow card in six of his last 11 appearances.
Stat attack: Four of Leicester’s seven home league victories this term saw a 2+ goal margin.
Visiting manager David Moyes has lost just one of seven H2Hs with Leicester – four of the last five produced under 2.5 goals.
Two-thirds of West Ham’s scored away league goals have come after half-time.