West Ham v Leicester Betting Tips
David Moyes did not enjoy his first match as West Ham manager. He watched on in disbelief at times as his new team missed a host of clear chances and allowed Watford to score two very soft goals en route to a home win at Vicarage Road.
After the game, Moyes also had to answer questions about chants from the away support who continually called for the West Ham owners, David Gold and David Sullivan, to sell the club.
The team’s horrible results, the underwhelming appointment of Moyes and the growing resentment at the board mean it’s unlikely to be a pleasant evening at the London Stadium on Friday when Leicester visit.
Leicester to Strike While the Irons are Cold
Claude Puel must look at the mess that David Moyes has inherited and count his blessings. The worst Puel had to put up with was the lukewarm welcome the Leicester fans gave him when he replaced Craig Shakespeare just a few weeks ago but he’s been able to slot into to his role with relative ease.
Compare that to Moyes who has to fight a whole series of fires, only some of which are in his control.
What the former Everton and Man Utd manager can control is the intensity of training.
Some West Ham players admitted to their new boss that they became unfit (at least by Premier League standards) under Slaven Bilic. Moyes has wasted no time introducing double training sessions to try and get his players fit as well as better organised from a defensive standpoint.
Unfortunately, his control is limited when the players take to the pitch. He can’t do anything about players making mistakes and very little about a lack of confidence almost every time they get on the ball.
Leicester, meanwhile, remained a pretty well-organised unit under Shakespeare so Puel has only had to tinker compared to his opposite number on Friday.
The Foxes have also had a relatively stable squad in terms of personnel. Many of those in the squad on Friday were in the squad for Leicester’s last six encounters with West Ham. Those six games yielded five wins and a draw for Leicester and we think their good run against the Irons will continue.
So, make sure to bet on Leicester to win at 7/4 with BetVictor.
Chief Antagonist Vardy to Strike Again
Jamie Vardy doesn’t mind courting controversy. The England striker loves to wind up opposition fans after scoring and West Ham fans are among those he’s annoyed recently.
Vardy scored on his two last appearances against West Ham and must fancy his chances of another opportunity to wind up the Irons fans.
West Ham have problems defending against almost any sort of attacking at the moment but Vardy’s pace in behind should pose them particular problems, especially if the home side try to take the game to Leicester thus opening up space in behind.
Vardy is still Leicester’s most potent striker and looks a good bet to score first at 7/2 with Ladbrokes.
Three Routes to Profit from a High Scoring Game
Despite an average start to the season, Leicester have had little problem scoring goals. They’ve found the net more than the majority of teams in the Premier League and should score more than once against the worst defence in the division.
We also think that West Ham will be able to at least give their fans something to cheer by scoring which throws up some interesting betting options.
The most obvious bet is on both teams to score at 10/13 with 10Bet. A riskier option would be to back Leicester to score over 2.5 goals at 5/1 with Coral.
Finally, it’s worth noting that West Ham are yet to hold a halftime lead at home this season. They’ve also conceded seven goals in the final 15 minutes of their 12 league games so a bet on the second half having more goals than the first looks wise at 23/20 with Marathonbet.
Top Betting Offers
Leicester to win at 7/4 with BetVictor
Jamie Vardy to score first at 7/2 with Ladbrokes
Both teams to score at 10/13 with 10Bet
Leicester to score over 2.5 goals at 5/1 with Coral
Second half to have more goals than the first at 23/20 with Marathonbet