At the start of the season, it was the Foxes who were expected to go up with the Hammers, although City’s promotion charge hasn’t yet materialised and they occupy 15th place in the table after a disappointing home defeat against Barnsley.
Therefore, it is slightly puzzling to see Southampton on offer at 19/20 (Boylesports free bets) to win Monday’s match considering that the Hampshire club have claimed 11 wins in 13 games on home soil.
The big negative for the Saints is that they will be missing the prolific Rickie Lambert who continues to serve a suspension for that recent red card at Brighton, although it didn’t stop his team winning 3-0 at Nottingham Forest last weekend.
Leicester arrive on the south coast with some confidence after thrashing Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup replay last week and Nigel Pearson will be looking for his team to start a promotion challenge that could yet see them go up.
You can bet odds of 10/3 (bet365 bookmaker) that the Foxes win the game and there will be plenty of people looking to back Jermaine Beckford on the First Goalscorer market after the former Leeds striker bagged a hat-trick against the Tricky Trees.