West Ham United
20:00 GMT 24 November 2017
This weekend sees the return of Friday Night Football to the Premier League as Leicester City take the trip to the capital to face West Ham. Both sides have already changed managers this term as the hosts gear up for their first home game with David Moyes in charge while the visitors prepare for Claude Puel’s second away fixture for the club. The situation is bleak for West Ham as they are currently occupying one of the relegation places in 18th whereas Leicester are sitting 12th after a very slow start.
Leicester have dominated this fixture in recent years and they are unbeaten against West Ham in the last six matches across all competitions. The Foxes won both meetings last term as an Islam Slimani header was enough to give them a 1-0 win at home while they edged a five-goal thriller 3-2 at the London Stadium. The last time the Hammers beat Leicester was in 2014, Nigel Pearson’s side’s first season back in the Premier League. Both teams have scored in five of the last six fixtures between the sides, scoring 18 goals in the process.
A win for West Ham would do wonders for their low confidence and it could see them go 16th in the table. However, they have several players who aren’t expected to feature in the side Jose Fonte is joined by Hernandez, Andre Ayew and Marko Arnautovic on the injury table.
Latest matches: West Ham United
|19.11.2017||Prem||Watford FC||West Ham United||2:0||L|
|04.11.2017||Prem||West Ham United||Liverpool FC||1:4||L|
|28.10.2017||Prem||Crystal Palace||West Ham United||2:2||D|
|25.10.2017||EFL||Tottenham Hotspur||West Ham United||2:3||W|
|20.10.2017||Prem||West Ham United||Brighton & Hove Albion FC||0:3||L|
The Foxes look like a new side under their new manager and a win would take them into the top half before Saturday and Sunday’s Premier League matches. Matty James and Robert Huth are their only two absentees.
Latest matches: Leicester City
|18.11.2017||Prem||Leicester City||Manchester City||0:2||L|
|04.11.2017||Prem||Stoke City||Leicester City||2:2||D|
|29.10.2017||Prem||Leicester City||Everton FC||2:0||W|
|24.10.2017||EFL||Leicester City||Leeds United||3:1||W|
|21.10.2017||Prem||Swansea City||Leicester City||1:2||W|
Despite West Ham’s poor form, it is still a very tough match to call at the London Stadium with the morale boost of a new manager. Leicester will be very confident going into the clash against an out-of-form Hammers side but their attacking set-up could be their downfall. Purely because of West Ham’s current struggles, it is Leicester who will be favourites to take three points from the London Stadium.
24 November 2017 - 20:00 GMT
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