After eventually being blow away by Liverpool at the King Power on Boxing Day, Leicester are desperate to find a response when they make the trip to relegation scrappers West Ham on Saturday evening.
While many would have been disappointed to have seen the Foxes dispatched comfortably by both the league leaders and Manchester City in back-to-back appearances, Brendan Rodgers’ men have an EFL Cup semi-final on the horizon and should see this weekend as a golden opportunity to make their own statement.
Throwing away yet another lead at Selhurst Park on Thursday, the Hammers appear to have once again slipped back to their old ways and are still firmly at the heart of a shock relegation scrap.
However, you might be interested to know that each of the previous two Premier League matchups between West Ham and Leicester have finished in both teams leaving with a point, including a 2-2 draw at the London Stadium back in April. With three of their last four meetings also finishing in a stalemate, a similar outcome can be found at 29/10 with Ladbrokes.
Woeful West Ham
Despite taking a 1-0 lead at London rivals Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, the Hammers once again fell short and their 2-1 defeat at Selhurst Park leaves them at the heart of a relegation scrap.
While they may have spent over £100million during the summer transfer window, former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini finds his side holding just a one-point buffer over the drop zone.
Failing to build off of their victory at St. Mary’s earlier in the month, West Ham have won just a pair of their last 13 matches across all competitions and many are still calling for Pellegrini to be removed from his position in the London Stadium dugout.
While the Chilean boss might remain in charge this weekend, the 66-year-old is priced at 4/7 with Betfair to be the next Premier League manager given the boot, miles ahead of next closest candidate Dean Smith who is priced at 5/1.
Elsewhere, and on a more positive note for Saturday’s hosts, number one shot-stopper Łukasz Fabiański is set to feature for the first time in three months after dealing with a hip injury.
Rodgers calling on a response
Putting in arguably a season-worst display in their 4-0 hammering against runaway league leaders Liverpool on Boxing Day, the Foxes simply have their sights set on reclaiming their top-four status.
After failing to win any of their last four matches across all formats in 90 minutes, Brendan Rodgers’ men hold a 10-point buffer from slipping out of the Champions League positions and are still in pole position to secure what would be a memorable campaign.
Saturday’s guests are priced at 4/7 with 888sport to clinch a top-four finish come May.
Unsurprisingly, if the Foxes are to make a much-needed return to winning ways in the capital, the former Celtic boss will be calling on Jamie Vardy to lead their charge.
Finding the net against Manchester City last weekend, the 32-year-old already has 17 strikes to his name this season and still leads the race for the Golden Boot.
You might be interested to know that Vardy can be found at 5/6 with Paddy Power to extend on his tally this weekend.