LEICESTER’S march to the title continues on Sunday when they host Sunderland. Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) offers his views.
Leicester v West Ham | Sunday 13:30 | Sky Sports 1
Another Sunday lunchtime date for Leicester as they ebb ever closer to an incredible title win and another big hurdle to overcome as sixth place West Ham turn up at the King Power.
The Hammers arrive in the Midlands under a cloud though. Wednesday night’s FA Cup Quarter-Final replay loss to Manchester United will have hurt the club hugely and I’m not sure they’ll be able to put that completely out of their minds.
It was all there for the East London club. They were unbeaten in eight months at home and up against a wayward inconsistent side yet they let it slip.
A date in the semi-finals against Everton would have been winnable and then with Crystal Palace or Watford waiting for them in the Wembley finale success was a real possibility.
Yeah you may sense some frustration in my words. You’d be correct to. I had backed West Ham at 11/1 for the trophy back in February and felt it was a real runner. So while I have the petted lip out, just imagine what the players and the emotional Slaven Bilic are going through?
The Hammers can’t go anywhere on Sunday. Even if they beat Leicester they’ll remain in sixth position and four points off the Top 4. Champions League hopes are drifting away. So it’s fair to say there’s a lot more at stake here for the Foxes than the Hammers.
Leicester have had two huge tests in the last fortnight and passed them both well. Southampton are never an easy side to beat yet they got over the line 1-0 in a spirited win and then last week were too strong for a Sunderland side fighting for their lives.
The raw stats are also very impressive for Leicester. They’ve won their last five matches overall and won five of their last six at the King Power. On top of this it’s seven months since they lost a home league game.
When you factor in Leicester’s bullish and ballsy forward grunt towards the title and West Ham’s morale-sapping midweek then the Foxes look a decent bet at Evens.
Leicester v West Ham – Leicester to win (Evens Ladbrokes)
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