Mark Lawrenson predicts Leicester City v West Ham United

Mark Lawrenson

Mark Lawrenson is predicting a draw between Leicester City and West Ham United today.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Leicester City will draw 1-1 at home with West Ham United at the King Power Stadium this afternoon.

Champions Leicester find themselves hovering precariously above the relegation zone, as the 2-0 Boxing Day defeat to Everton leaves them just three points clear of the bottom three.

Claudio Ranieri's side have won just one of their last nine games in the Premier League, and are in danger of ending a history-making 2016 on a low note.

General view inside the King Power Stadium before the matchGeneral view inside the King Power Stadium

Today, they take on West Ham United at the King Power Stadium, and whilst Leicester are struggling, the Hammers are showing signs of finally hitting their stride.

After a slow start to the season, the Hammers are starting to show signs of life, as the 4-1 win at Swansea City on Boxing Day made it three wins in a row for Slaven Bilic's men.

Mark LawrensonMark Lawrenson

The two teams played out an exciting 2-2 draw in the corresponding fixture last season, and pundit Mark Lawrenson sees Leicester and West Ham drawing again this afternoon.

Speaking to BBC Sport ahead of the game, Lawrenson has suggested that Leicester need to roll their sleeves up to get out of their current mess, as they actually have some 'very good players'.

Lawrenson added that, with players returning, West Ham should get something from the game despite their wins coming against relegation candidates, predicting a 2-2 draw.

“What a conundrum Leicester have become,” said Lawrenson. “They have got some very good players but what they need to do now is roll their sleeves up because they need to put in some hard work to get out of trouble. It is only a few weeks since it looked like West Ham boss Slaven Bilic was getting the sack but, since then, they have hit form, with 10 points from their past four games.”

“True, their wins have come against Burnley, Hull and Swansea but you still have to beat those teams. I like the look of Bilic's side now they have some of their injured players back and, whichever Leicester team turns up, I think the Hammers will get something out of this game,” he added.

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