Monday 23rd August 2021

West Ham United v Leicester City 20:00

– Met 136 times (all comps), West Ham 54, Draws 33, Leicester 49

– West Ham took 6 points off Leicester last season

– Last season’s repeat fixture ended, West Ham 3-2 Leicester

– 4 DRAWS in the last 11 head-to-heads

– Leicester are unbeaten in 11 of their last 14 vs West Ham (all comps)

– The last 5 head-to-heads ALL went OVER 2.5 GOALS

– Both teams scored in 11 of the last 14 head-to-heads

– 3 RED CARDS in the last 12 league head-to-heads

– Iheanacho (Leicester) scored 2 in last season’s repeat fixture

– Both teams scored in the last 6 repeat fixtures

West Ham showed great resolve last weekend to come from behind twice to eventually defeat Newcastle 2-4, so will come into their next game against Leicester City buzzing.

That said, the Foxes are also on maximum points after their opening fixture when seeing off Wolves 1-0 thanks to a Jamie Vardy goal.

So, it’s all set up for a decent Monday night Premier League game, as both sides will fancy their chances of a top 6 finish this season.

Therefore, it’s no surprise the match betting is extremely tight – West Ham are 2.62, the Draw 3.40 and Leicester at 2.55.

The Hammers will gain further confidence having taken the full 6 points off Leicester last season and won this repeat game 3-2 in a thriller – that scoreline can be backed at 29.00.

It’s also a clash that’s seen 4 draws in the last 11 meetings, while despite having lost both league games last season, the Foxes are actually unbeaten in 11 of their last 14 games over West Ham – making the main head-to-head stats tricky to call here and you can make a case for them both.

We do tend to see goals though – ALL of the last five clashes have gone OVER 2.5 GOALS, this can be backed at 1.72, and Both Teams Have Scored in 11 of the last 14 too – a repeat of this is on offer at 1.61, while both sides have netted in ALL of the last six repeat fixtures as well.

With 3 red cards in the last 12 league meetings, it’s also been a fiery game at times, which is another thing to note.

The players scoring markets are dominated by Leicester’s Jamie Vardy at 6.50 (1st) or 2.62 (anytime), plus their Iheanacho, who scored two in last season’s repeat clash, is on offer at 7.00 (1st) or 2.75 (anytime).

West Ham’s shortest player in the scoring markets is Antonio, who was on target in their opening game, at 6.50 (1st) or 2.62 (anytime).

Overall, it’s all set up to be a great Monday night game, but also a very hard one to call. West Ham, will have home advantage so that counts for something, but Leicester have been in great form for the last year of so and have only lost 3 of their last 14 over the Hammers.

Therefore, we are going to swerve the main match betting market and side with BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE at 1.61. Both sides were on target in their opening games and also have plenty of firepower up top to suggest no matter who nets the opening goal, this bet will be in play for the full 90 mins………………..but hopefully over much before that!