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Leicester City vs West Ham United FC, free match prediction 04 Oct 2020

04 Oct 2020 | 16:30 | Leicester, King Power Stadium
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Electric Leicester face up-and-down Hammers to continue 100% start

  • Leicester have started sensationally so far this season
  • They thrashed Man City 5-2 last weekend – Vardy with a hattrick
  • West Ham form has been mixed with some positive and negative results

Leicester to win 2-1

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: Leicester, King Power Stadium

LEICESTER CITY vs WEST HAM UNITED FC Match Preview & Analysis

Leicester are reaping the rewards of laying down the foundations of a great team last season, where they narrowly missed out on the top four after spending most of the season in a Champions League place.

After defeat on the final day of the season to Manchester United knocked them out of the CL spots, many could have predicted them not to recover and start this season poorly.

Nothing could have been further from the truth, with three wins from three this season so far, including a fantastic win against Man City last weekend to sit joint-top of the league.

West Ham have tasted highs and lows so far, with only one of their games including fewer than three goals. They at least have a win under their belt, after their surprising 4-0 win over Wolves last weekend.

The result of this one will depend on which West Ham show up. Leicester will be confident either way, but on their day West Ham could have something to say about that.

Teams Preview

Leicester City Preview

Form Guide (all comps): WWLW

Reasons to be cheerful:

     The league’s top scorers with 12 goals

     Jamie Vardy’s form is as good as ever

Reasons to be fearful:

     Wilfred Ndidi will be out for up to 12 weeks

     West Ham showed firepower with four goals against Wolves

Leicester continue to surprise football fans all over the world with the results that they are getting and their lofty positions in the league table – but their quality should no longer come as a shock.

Winning the Premier League in 2015-16 propelled them to worldwide fame, but it has also given them the platform to build a stable top-six team around existing stars such as Jamie Vardy and Kaspar Schmeichel as well as younger players like Harvey Barnes. 

Their win over Man City was a dominant one, and it will send an element of fear around the Premier League. Leicester were very good for most of last season, but they have improved further this year.

Vardy seems an ever better player than before, as shown by his terrific hattrick last weekend. With Johnny Evans returning after injury, they have their first-choice centre back pairing back up and running.

The top four is once again in their sights, and they will fancy their chances to continue their winning run against West Ham

Star Man – Jamie Vardy

How does he keep improving with age? Can he follow up his hattrick last weekend with more goals here?

West Ham United FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): WLWLL

Reasons to be cheerful

     Have bounced back from first two defeats

     Will have gained confidence after 4-0 Wolves victory

Reasons to be fearful

     Continued controversy surrounding owners

     Lack of consistency is worrying

If Leicester’s 5-2 thrashing of Man City was a surprise last week, West Ham battering Wolves 4-0 was equally as shocking.

Wolves are one of the toughest teams in the division and have made some quality signings, but had an off day to say the least.

Nevertheless, West Ham put in their best performance of the season and manager David Moyes will have been pleased what he had seen from his TV screen at home – he is still isolating after contracting Covid-19.

He will have been most impressed with Jarrod Bowen scoring his second and third goals since joining the club in January – fans have been unimpressed with a lack of signings this summer so this will feel like a boost from a relatively new player.

The problem is that The Hammers have been so inconsistent – scoring four against Wolves, conceding four against Everton, scoring five against Hull (both latter two coming in the league cup).

This will give Moyes a problem as he will be unsure which side will show up from week to week.

Star Man – Jarrod Bowen

Was terrific against Wolves and scored two goals in a boost to his side

LEICESTER CITY vs WEST HAM UNITED FC Winning Prediction

     Leicester will be favourites to continue their 100% start

     Jamie Vardy will be hungry for more goals

     West Ham need to play positively 

The outcome of this game is likely to depend on which West Ham side show up.

Will it be the one who thrashed Wolves 4-0 last weekend, who were positive and took their chances? Or will it be the lacklustre negative side who lost their first two games of the season?

They will find it tough against Leicester, who are playing such good football at the moment. West Ham will have to sit deep to make sure there isn’t too much space for Vardy in behind. But if they sit too deep they will struggle to get out and create chances.

Both sides have the players to score goals, but Leicester are the favourites here.

Leicester to win 2-1

Author: Ross B.