Sports Mole previews Saturday’s Premier League clash between West Ham United and Leicester City, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Two Premier League sides who experienced contrasting results in the EFL Cup in midweek will meet at the London Stadium when West Ham United play host City of Leicester on Saturday in the Premier League.
The Hammers were beaten by Championship opposition at home a day after the Foxes secured a comfortable win against their fourth-tier counterparts.
West Ham’s form has dipped in recent weeks, with back-to-back Premier League defeats against Manchester United and Crystal Palace followed by a disappointing EFL Cup third-round exit on penalties against Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday.
Pablo Fornals i Michael Antonio then turned the game around Jack Vale had put Blackburn in first place, but star striker Ben Brereton Diaz – who has been linked with a move to the Hammers – equalized with two minutes remaining to force the tie to penalties.
Angelo Ogbonna missed the decisive penalty after 19 successful spot-kicks to send the Championship side into the fourth round, leaving West Ham boss David Moyes with much to think about.
Indeed, Moyes is starting to come under some pressure in east London, but the West Ham hierarchy insist they are fully behind the Scot, who is now turning his focus back to the Premier League with one final game Saturday before the World Cup break.
After winning just one of their last five Premier League games, West Ham have dropped to 15th in the table, level on points with nearest rivals Leicester City in 14th.
The Hammers have fared better at home so far this season and had won six games in a row at the London Stadium before their 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace last weekend. Moyes and co have also won three of their last four meetings with the Foxes, which bodes well for Saturday’s contest.
Leicester managed to avoid an exit from the EFL Cup against League Two side Newport County as a routine 3-0 win at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night helped them secure safe passage into the fourth round
James Justin before he set a first time Jamie Vardy He scored twice in the last 20 minutes, but the game was marred by Justin’s Achilles injury just after the hour mark, with the right-back forced to a stretcher.
Brendan Rodgers had been under pressure in recent weeks following Leicester’s poor start to the campaign, but the Northern Irishman has guided his Foxes side to four wins in their last five games in all competitions, with their only defeat during that run at the hands of the Premier League. champion Manchester City.
In fact, an impressive one Kevin De Bruyne The free-kick is the only goal Leicester have conceded in their last five outings, with the Foxes making huge improvements in defence, having previously conceded 24 goals in nine top-flight games, scoring two or more goals in seven these occasions
Leicester will be looking to finish on a high before the six-week World Cup break begins, but success on Saturday could be a challenge as they have won just two of their last 10 meetings against West Ham and he has missed the last two visits to London. Stadium, conceding seven goals in the process.
However, the Foxes, who secured a 2-0 win at Everton last weekend courtesy of a superb Youri Tielemans volley and a sweet goal from Harvey Barnes – could move up to 11th with a win over the Hammers.
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West Ham winger Maxwell Cornet remains out with a calf injury, while Emerson Palmieri he came off as a precaution with a knock in the midweek defeat at Blackburn and the left-back will be assessed before kick-off on Saturday.
Moyes is expected to recall some of his star players Thilo Kehrer, Craig Dawson, Kurt Zouma i Aaron Cresswell ready to form the back four, with Lukasz Fabianski replacing Alfonso Areola between the sticks
Rice Declan, Jarrod Bowen, Benrahma said, Luke Package, Tomas Soucek i Gianluca Scamacca All were left out of the starting line-up in midweek but are expected to return against Leicester.
As for the Foxes, Justin joins fellow defenders Ricardo Pereira (Achilles), Caglar Soyuncu (hamstrings) i Ryan Bertrand (knee) on the sidelines, with the former expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing a scan on Wednesday.
Timothy Castagne He was rested in midweek and is ready to replace Justin in the first eleven, joining Jonny Evans, Wout Faes i Luke Thomas in the back four, while the goalkeeper Danny Ward expected to return at the expense of Daniel Iversen.
James Maddison – who has been called up to the English team for the World Cup – i Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall They were also rested against Newport, with Tielemans coming off the bench in the second half, and the midfield trio are likely to start together on Saturday, while striker Patson Daka he hopes to get back into the first eleven ahead of Vardy.
West Ham United possible starting line-up:
Fabianski; Kehrer, Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Paqueta, Benrahma; Scam
Leicester City possible starting line-up:
Neighborhood; Chestnut, Evans, Faes, Thomas; Ndidi; Maddison, Elements, Dewsbury-Hall, Barnes; Dhaka
We say: West Ham United 2-2 Leicester City
At least three goals have been scored in each of the last seven meetings between these two teams, so expect plenty of goaltending action on Saturday.
Although the momentum is with Leicester heading to the London Stadium, we can see West Ham securing at least one point from an entertaining contest in the capital.
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