It will be up to West Ham and Leicester to open on this Friday, November 24, the thirteenth round of the English Championship in its 2017/2018 edition. At the Olympic Stadium in London, the game starts scheduled for 18h (Brasília time).
West Ham’s recent performance
It will be West Ham’s first home game since coach David Moyes took over. The experienced coach, whose career milestones are a very successful passage for Everton and a resounding failure at Manchester United, tries to rebuild his career after sending Sunderland to the Second Division.
Its beginning was not a good sign. In the twelfth round, West Ham was beaten, away from home, by Watford, by 2 to 0. In that way, he followed in the relegation zone. With nine points (two wins, three draws and seven losses), it occupies the eighteenth place.
You can get out of this situation on Friday as West Bromwich, seventeenth, has only one point left and will play their game on Matchday 13 (against Tottenham in London) on Saturday 25 November.
Still looking to get to know his squad better, Moyes may have to deal with the embezzlement of his main striker and the club’s most important signing for the season. Mexican Chicarito Hernandez (11 games in the 2017/2018 English Premier League season, four goals) suffered a thigh injury while defending his friendly in preparation for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and is doubtful for the game. He has already been out of the match against Watford and will need to undergo further examination that will determine if he is able to face Leicester.
It is not the only medical problem of West Ham. Also in the ward are defenders James Collins (three games, no goal) and Jose Fonte (eight games, no goal); and socks Michail Antonio (nine games, one goal) and Samuel Byaram (no performances).
The current form of Leicester
Following a series of six games without defeat (three wins and three draws), Leicester could not withstand Manchester City, a fierce and unbeaten leader on the previous day. Even at home, he was beaten 2-0.
The defeat was not enough to shake the team’s comfortable position in the Premier League. The team, which also has the highest ambition to escape relegation, is in the twelfth position with 13 points (three wins, four draws and five losses).
The club used the strategy of command exchange before. Craig Shakeaspeare was dismissed after a bad start and was traded by Frenchman Claude Puel, who will defend an unbeaten four-match Leicester visit on Friday. This is not an impressive series, as it has only one win and three draws, but it has been enough for the team to have comparatively superior results when it acts away from their dominions. It is the ninth best visitor of the Premier League.
The French coach has another advantage compared to the West Ham commander. Only one athlete is handed over to the medical department. Midfielder Matthew James (four games in the 2017/2018 Premier League without a goal) is recovering from a serious Achilles tendon injury and should not be able to play.
History of the clashes between West Ham and Leicester
Leicester have not lost to West Ham for six games. He won four games and drew two.
West Ham has enough of them to react and end the threat of relegation. However, he must undergo a transformation period with Moyes, whose main goal must be to improve defensive performance. The London team has the most leaked defense of the tournament. The ball went into their nets 25 times in 12 matches.
Leicester are a more balanced team and can act the way they like: closed in defense and exploiting the counterattacks in speed. In this way, it appears as the best option for hunches. Has a price of 2.55 in Bet365. Draw shows return of 3.30 and success of the constituents multiplies the invested capital by 2.70.
Our Prediction: Leicester win @ 2.55