West Ham could breath new life into the title race by beating Leicester on Sunday.
Leicester can see the winning line now but with trips to Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge still to come a slip here could make for a nervous finale. And they shouldn’t expect an easy ride from the Hammers who are still chasing a top four finish.
The Foxes recorded a fifth consecutive win to nil with a late breakaway to break a sequence of 1-0 wins and their defence is currently carrying them towards the title. They’ve kept seven clean sheets in their last eight home games and have suffered just three defeats all season. However, they surely can’t rely on winning 1-0 every week.
The team with the third fewest defeats this season is West Ham and they’ve been beaten just four times in their last 29 games. Furthermore, they’ve failed to score in just two of Dimitri Payet’s 24 starts this term and along with Lanzini and last week’s hat-trick hero Andy Carroll the Hammers should provide a serious test for Leicester’s defence. It’s this variety of options that makes West Ham such a threat and Leicester have won only one of their last five matches when conceding. Moreover, the Hammers have proven very effective against the top teams this season as they’ve gone W7-D5-L3 against the current top half including W3-D2-L2 on the road.
While the Foxes have been grinding out lots of wins recently they have been benefitting from a relatively easy run of fixtures, as Southampton are the only top-12 side they’ve played since losing at Arsenal over two months ago. They are also yet to beat one of the current top-six at home this season as they’ve recorded three draws and a defeat. The pressure is all on Leicester here and we think the Hammers attack can be the one to end Kasper Schmeichel’s clean sheet streak. Therefore we’re going to take Leicester on in this one.
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