Competition: Major League Soccer – Leicester City vs. West Ham United
Venue: King Power Stadium – Sunday, April 17 – 13:30 BST (08:30 ET)
Match Odds: Leicester 17/20 – Draw 13/5 – West Ham 16/5
Claudio Ranieri’s men picked up a fifth-straight league win by beating Sunderland 2-0 last weekend and remain seven points clear of Tottenham with five games to play. The Foxes need three more wins to claim the title.
Leicester will be confident heading into Sunday’s game. They have not only won five in a row, but have kept five consecutive clean sheets too – all while playing under intense pressure at the top of the table.
Their turnaround this season has been simply magical and another win on Sunday would move them ten points clear off Spurs, who don’t play until Monday night.
West Ham will travel to Leicester looking to do London rivals Tottenham a huge favour. However, they are still fighting for their own objective, with a top four place far from out of the question.
The Hammers crashed out of the FA Cup in their quarterfinal replay against Manchester United on Wednesday night but will now look to bounce back with what would be a highly impressive victory should they pull it off.
Slaven Bilic’s men are just five points behind Manchester City in fourth place heading into the weekend and cannot give up on their Champions League dream just yet.
Leicester won the reverse fixture 2-1 back in August before beating the Hammers by the same scoreline after extra time at home in the third round of the League Cup in September.
West Ham have not beaten the Foxes away from home in the Premier League since 2000, so a win here would come as a major surprise.
Leicester have no injury concerns heading into another huge game for them as they close in on a historic Premier League title. However, Matthew James is unlikely to make the squad as he is short of match fitness. Shinji Okazaki will hope to continue to start in place of Leonardo Ulloa alongside Jamie Vardy in attack.
West Ham have no fresh injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s game. Sam Byram is still out, so Michail Antonio will likely continue at right-back, while Diafra Sakho is a doubt and is unlikely to feature. Andy Carroll should continue to spearhead the attack after netting a hat-trick in his last league outing.
Leicester’s last five: W/W/W/W/W
West Ham’s last five: W/W/D/D/D
Key Stat: Leicester have kept a clean sheet in seven of their last eight home games in the Premier League and come into the game off the back of five-straight shutouts.
Key Player: Dimitri Payet – While Leicester are favourites to win this game, West Ham have one of the league’s most dangerous players at their disposal. Payet has contributed to seven goals in his last seven appearances and has now created 94 chances for teammates this season – an average of 3.8 per game.
Leicester 1-1 West Ham – Leicester have been flying of late and look unstoppable. However, West Ham have enjoyed a wonderful season of their own and will arrive at the King Power Stadium looking to spoil the party, while enhancing their own hopes of Champions League qualification. This could be a hard-fought battle and West Ham could well end Leicester’s five-game win streak, adding excitement to the title race before Spurs play on Monday night.