Leicester vs West Ham predictions: Foxes to struggle in hunt for crucial win
- Leicester have won just two of their last 12 Premier League home matches
- West Ham have won four of their last five league and cup games
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Leicester City need to beat West Ham in their final Premier League game of the season on Sunday to stand any chance of avoiding relegation to the Championship, while the Hammers may have one eye on next month’s Europa Conference League final.
It will have finally dawned on Leicester that there are no more chances and a win over the Irons is crucial if they are to remain in the Premier League next season.
Even that may not be enough, as any victory will be worthless if Everton beat already-safe Bournemouth at Goodison Park.
Poor King Power form goes a long way to explaining why Leicester find themselves needing to rely on other sides to help them out on the final week of the season and the Hammers will not be a pushover.
Their fans will be anticipating a trip to Prague for the Europa Conference League final against Fiorentina, but the players will want to guarantee their starting spots, so it seems unlikely they will be taking things easy.
Leicester’s worst fears were realised at Newcastle on Monday when central defender Jonny Evans limped off and they will be desperate for the Northern Ireland international to shake off a thigh injury.
Hopes are also high that Wilfried Ndidi will overcome a hamstring problem, but James Justin, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Ryan Bertrand have all been ruled out.
Leicester have won just two of their last 12 home matches.
Both teams have scored in seven of their last nine meetings, while five of the last eight matches between the sides have featured at least four goals.
Southampton are the only team to have lost more than Leicester’s total of 22 Premier League matches this season.
West Ham have won four of their last five league and cup games and nine of their last 11 league away games have featured at least two goals.
There will be plenty of people claiming that Leicester should be too good to go down, but they have not shown enough in the last couple of weeks to suggest they can avoid the drop.
Their situation has been perilous for some time, but they didn’t get out of second gear when Liverpool eased past them 3-0 in their last home game and they failed to create much in the final third in Monday’s goalless draw at Newcastle.
They have not kept a clean sheet in their last 12 home games and they could be vulnerable against the Hammers who, despite not having a great record on the road this season, demonstrated they can give a relegation candidate short shrift when they beat Leeds 3-1 at the London Stadium last week.
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