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Championship betting preview: Leicester City v West Ham United

23/4/2012
West Ham travel to Leicester tonight needing a win to keep their automatic promotion hopes alive.

The Hammers need a victory to bring themselves within two points of second-placed Southampton with one game to play in the Championship season, while anything less than maximum points will see them consigned to the play-offs, with the Saints promoted automatically.

Tenth-place Leicester can no longer reach the play-offs but a win tonight would lift the Foxes above Brighton into ninth.

West Ham have a series of injury doubts including striker Carlton Cole and defender George McCartney, while winger Julien Faubert could return following a hamstring injury. Leicester meanwhile have a fully fit squad to choose from. Bookmakers Bet365 make West Ham 5/4 favourites for the match, with Leicester offered at 15/8. The draw is priced at 11/4.

West Ham striker Ricardo Vaz Te is 5/1 favourite to score the first goal, followed by fellow Hammers forwards Carlton Cole, John Carew and Nicky Maynard at 6/1.

The shortest-priced Leicester players are strike trio David Nugent, Jermaine Beckford and Paul Gallagher at 7/1.
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