The Foxes found themselves outclassed at Anfield on Thursday, even if the 2-0 scoreline was respectable with Diogo Jota adding his second late on.
It does however keep up the mounting pressure on Brendan Rodgers’ side to deliver, with that their third defeat in as many outings having been on the wrong end of a dramatic turnaround against Tottenham, as well as suffering a 4-1 humiliation at Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.
The Hammers have had to contend with some pressure both on and off the field and although Kurt Zouma was surprisingly selected when hosting relegation contenders Watford last time out, a slender 1-0 victory has helped to push them in right direction.
David Moyes’ men had previously lost back-to-back league games with Leeds and Man Utd, before straining every sinew to avoid an almighty FA Cup upset against sixth-tier Kidderminster Harriers.
Whereas Leicester are drifting towards mid-table obscurity as their season is effectively over, West Ham head into the weekend occupying fourth spot, even if they have played more games than their rivals.
That extra motivation could help them to a fourth consecutive victory in the head-to-heads, having scored at least three times in all three meetings since the start of last season, including a 4-1 triumph in the current campaign.
Over 3.5 Goals
This fixture has rarely disappointed in recent seasons with both teams finding the net in all but one of their seven meetings since 2018/19, as each of the past six have featured a minimum of three goals.
Those outcomes should be on the cards again given how badly Leicester have struggled defensively all season, and they’ve subsequently been involved in a large number of high-scoring affairs.
12 of their last 14 encounters in all competitions have seen at least three goals, while 10 of the past 14 have featured four at a minimum.
Brendan Rodgers may well recall the likes of Caglar Soyuncu, Youri Tielemans, Harvey Barnes and Kelechi Iheanacho, having dropped them at Anfield after the display against Nottingham Forest.
Key mand Jamie Vardy remains absent, as are defenders Wesley Fofana, Jonny Evans, Ryan Bertrand and Timothy Castagne, while James Justin may struggle with the workload having only just returned from a lengthy injury lay-off.
West Ham Draw No Bet
David Moyes has fewer concerns on the injury front with back-up left-back Arthur Masuaku his only missing man beyond long-term absentee Angelo Ogbonna, while Kurt Zouma is seemingly set to retain his place in the team for now.
However, given West Ham have won just three of 11 away matches in regular time, while Leicester are currently W5-D1-L2 at the King Power in spite of their inconsistency this season, an element of caution appears sensible when getting behind the visitors.
OVER 3.5 GOALS
WEST HAM DRAW NO BET