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Hammers host Leicester, QPR entertain Baggies, Spurs face Burnley

| 20.12.2014

A trio of London teams are in action at 3pm this Saturday, so Coral look at the latest assignments for West Ham United, QPR and Spurs

West Ham v Leicester City
Leicester (odds-on 4/7 with Coral to be relegated) have not beaten the Hammers since 2000, and have lost two of the last three meetings between the sides in all competitions.

The last time these teams met was in the 2011/12 Championship season, when West Ham overturned a one-goal deficit to emerge with a 2-1 victory over their East Midlands rivals. Winston Reid and Jack Collison sealed the comeback for the London outfit that day.

Sam Allardyce’s high-flying Hammers (14/1 for a top four finish) have been in exceptional form this campaign, rocketing up to fourth place in the Premier League table, only three points adrift of Manchester United in third.

Nigel Pearson’s faltering Foxes have struggled on their return to the top flight, they currently sit rock-bottom of the table as the Christmas period draws near.

Lacklustre Leicester have failed to win a domestic league game since their stunning 5-3 upset over Louis van Gaal’s Red Devils in September, with Pearson’s poor side losing their last four league games, including two defeats at the King Power Stadium.

The Hammers have double the points they had at the same stage of last season, and they will host a Foxes team who have conceded 19 league goals since their last win against United. Andy Carroll bagged a brace in his last home outing, and is 5/1 to score two or more again here.

QPR v West Bromwich Albion
Harry Redknapp’s stuttering side will welcome fellow relegation favourites West Brom to Loftus Road in their last fixture before Christmas.

QPR have the unwanted record of having the worst defence in the Premier League, having conceding 30 goals in 16 games this term, while West Brom have the shyest attack away from home, with just three goals, also level with their London opponents.

Baggies captain Chris Brunt is set to give Alan Irvine a boost as he returns to full training and is expected to feature after missing their last two games with a hamstring injury.

The home side will have their top scorer, Charlie Austin, back after missing the 3-1 defeat to Everton through suspension, and Redknapp’s rampant striker is 9/2 to open the scoring at Loftus Road.

Despite being only three points clear of the relegation zone, currently occupying 14th spot, West Brom have the joint-best defence on the road this season, conceding just seven goals away from The Hawthorns.

Tottenham v Burnley
History suggests that fans are guaranteed goals whenever these two teams clash, as the last seven fixtures have averaged more than four per game. It’s 7/4 for the latest meeting to produce four or more goals again.

Surprisingly, Burnley edge the head-to-head league record, winning 35 games dating back to 1906, compared to Spurs’ 33 victories.

Kyle Naughton will return from injury and striker Emmanuel Adebayor is back from compassionate leave, meaning Mauricio Pochettino will have a full squad to choose from.

Both sides will be aiming to avoid dropping any points in what will be their first of four games in 12 days, ahead of a busy winter schedule, starting at White Hart Lane.

Sean Dyche’s men are aiming to win two consecutive games for only the second time this season, after a 1-0 victory over Southampton in their last outing, Ashley Barnes’ late second-half strike securing all three points at Turf Moor.

Spurs (odds-on 1/2 favourites) have won the last two meetings between these teams in the Premier League, doing the double over the Clarets in the 2009/10 season. 



Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.