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West Ham v Leicester betting tips: Recent history points to goals

| 21.08.2021

West Ham v Leicester preview and odds

Both teams qualified for Europe last season and made winning starts to the new campaign as we pick out some West Ham v Leicester betting tips for Monday’s match.

Leicester finished just one place and one point above West Ham last season after fading away and dropping out of the Champions League places, with both now preparing for Europa League campaigns.

Victories on the opening weekend mean both teams should be feeling confident and this has the makings of an entertaining match to round off the second week of the new Premier League season.

Match Odds

Leicester were 1-0 winners at home to Wolves on the opening weekend in a match which was more open than the final score suggested.

Wolves, under new manager Bruno Lage, dominated the second half but could not match the exquisite finish by Jamie Vardy four minutes before half-time.

Vardy got in behind the Wolves backline for three chances even before his brilliant goal but, while Wolves counter-attacked dangerously, they lacked the finishing touch of the former England striker.

For the goal, Ricardo Pereira muscled his way past two men down the right wing and pulled a low cross to the near corner of the six-yard area where Vardy ran in front of Conor Coady to flick a brilliant left-footed shot past Jose Sa.

Leicester are not completely reliant on Vardy for goals, though, having invested £23milliion in Patson Daka from RB Salzburg while Kelechi Iheanacho scored the winning penalty in the Community Shield.

The Foxes head to the London Stadium as slight underdogs at 17/10 while West Ham are marginal favourites at 6/4 to make it two wins from two after beating Newcastle 4-2 last weekend.

The Hammers did the double over Leicester last season but these look two hard teams to split, as reflected in the odds, and a draw is worth considering for West Ham v Leicester betting tips at 12/5.

Over 2.5 goals has paid out in each of the last five meetings and that trend is 8/11 to continue.

Talking Tactics

West Ham proved last week that they do not lack fighting spirit as they twice came from behind to beat Newcastle and the pace of Michail Antonio makes him a threat for any defence.

That is a bit of a worry for a Leicester back-line missing several players due to injury and Daniel Amartey, deputising for Wesley Fofafa, will need to be better on the ball than he was against Wolves but the defence is well protected by Wilfred Ndidi.

Goalscorer Odds

Antonio scored one goal at Newcastle but could easily have had more, having had a penalty saved and a header cannon off the crossbar.

He is 9/2 to open the scoring but Leicester have four players – Vardy, Iheanacho, Daka and Marc Albrighton – also available at the same price in the first goalscorer betting.

For bigger odds in West Ham v Leicester betting tips, Tomas Soucek is an option at 15/2 to score first having netted last week when he converted the rebound after Antonio’s spot-kick was saved.

Match Info

Where: London Stadium

When: 20:00, Monday 23rd August

How to watch: Sky Sports

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Andrew McDermott