West Ham vs Leicester Preview: No Reprieve In Sight For Hammers
David Moyes will be in charge of his first West Ham home game tonight as Leicester City visit the London Stadium.
Moyes’ reign as coach started on a low, losing 2-0 to Watford, and he is faced with a daunting task of convincing the fans that he is the man to turnaround an awful season for the Hammers. On the other hand, newly installed Leicester boss Claude Puel will be looking to extend Leicester’s good record on this ground by collecting maximum points.
West Ham is in terrible form. Despite currently flirting with relegation, they have lost in three and failed to win in their last five league matches, conceding at least two goals in their last four matches. They will be coming into this match desperate for points and will try to sit back, keep it neat at the back and attempt to catch the Foxes on the counter.
Leicester comes to the London Stadium tonight on the back of a 2-0 loss to the high-flying Manchester City. Their record prior to this loss is fairly impressive, as they had won 2 of the previous 5, losing none of those.
West Ham has a record to forget against Leicester, who have beaten them in 5 out of the last 6 in all competitions and drawn once.
The home side has a host of injuries to contend with, and this sways the scales in Leicester’s favour.
Sam Byram, Chicharito and José Fonte are all out injured. André Ayew, James Collins, Michail Antonio and Marko Arnautovic are also doubtful to feature tonight.
Robert Huth, Matty James and Adrien Silva are the only missing players from Leicester’s team sheet, and this shouldn't affect them as much.
Possible starting lineups
West Ham: Hart; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Reid, Zabaleta; Obiang, Noble, Kouyate; Lanzini, Carroll, Ayew
Leicester: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs; Albrighton, Ndidi, Iborra, Gray; Mahrez; Vardy
Leicester is certainly the favourites. West Ham’s front line is clearly battered and this might deny them sufficient goals.
Pick: Leicester to win.