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West Ham vs Leicester - Match Preview

23 Nov 2017 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

West Ham United

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Kick-off
20:00 GMT
24 November 2017

Leicester City

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  • D
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Kick-off
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.

STATS

  • West Ham have really struggled this season and the sacking of Slaven Bilic was completely justified seeing as they had just nine points from 11 matches. They have won just two games (against Swansea and Huddersfield) and have lost seven, more than half of their league fixtures. They didn’t show much improvement under Moyes as they lost 2-0 to Watford in his first game in charge of the Hammers.
  • After a poor start under Craig Shakespeare, Leicester’s league form has picked up under Puel as they have beaten Everton (home) and drew to Stoke (away) since he took over. Despite losing their last match, in many ways, a 2-0 loss to Manchester City isn’t seen as a bad result at all and there were plenty of positives to take for their new French boss.
  • After he signed in the summer, Javier Hernandez has found life in East London very hard despite currently being their leading goal scorer in the league with three goals. He has had next-to-nothing to feed off in terms of chances.
  • It looks set to be another goalscoring season for Jamie Vardy who has six goals in the top flight this season, making him Leicester’s top scorer. He looks as though he will achieve this feat for the third consecutive year.

HEAD TO HEAD

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.

WEST HAM NEWS

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

LEICESTER NEWS

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

SUMMARY

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.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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