West Ham United face a tricky away test at Leicester City as they continue to battle for Premier League survival.
Currently sat three points above the drop zone, West Ham know that this game represents their best hope of survival with a tricky pair of games remaining, against Manchester United (a) and Everton (h) to come.
Leicester could have Kasper Schmeichel and Shinji Okazaki back from ankle injuries for their final home game of this season.
Marc Albrighton is suspended but is expected to return in midweek against Arsenal.
Vicente Iborra faces a late fitness test after a hamstring injury.
Matty James (calf) and Wilfred Ndidi (thigh) are all ruled out for remainder of season.
West Ham’s Andy Carroll will be in the squad despite a training ground incident with manager, David Moyes.
Other than that, the Hammers could have a unchanged squad with Joe Hart eligible again, having sat out last weekend’s match against his parent club.
Pedro Obiang is not ready to return yet from a knee injury.
Michail Antonio & James Collins (thigh), Winston Reid (knee) and Sam Byram (ankle) are all ruled out for rest of season.
Leicester have taken just one point from their last four games, drawing 0-0 at home to Southampton.
They lost their other three games by 9-2 on a combined goal aggregate, particularly after a 5-0 thrashing at Crystal Palace last weekend.
West Ham however come here in steady form, avoiding defeat in three of their last five games.
Their top scorer in this past month has been Marko Arnautovic with three goals.
- Leicester are unbeaten in their last seven meetings with West Ham across all competitions and only once has a match in this period ended without both teams scoring.
- This current run is Leicester’s best against the Hammers since a 10 match unbeaten run between November 1963 and December 1966.
- Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has scored 17 goals this season and scored in three of Leicester’s last five matches.
- West Ham have the second lowest number of shots this season, taking just 335 attempts with the ball.
- Both sides are amongst 11 goals to score one goal from a free kick. Six clubs are yet to do so including; Brighton, Everton and Watford.
Where can game be won or lost?
|Per Game Average||Leicester City (home)||West Ham United (away)|
|Shots on Target||3.71||3.67|
|Goals per First Half %||45.5||40.9|
|Goals per Second Half %||54.5||59.1|
We could have a tight and competitive match on our hands here.
Although Leicester average more corners and shots, both teams are evenly matched when it comes to getting their attempts on target and clinical finishing.
Discipline definitely could be a factor because both teams have seen red twice whilst Leicester rarely sees a yellow at home.
The Foxes broadly score a similar amount of goals per half whereas West Ham tends to find their goals more in second half.
That stat could well be where this game is won or lost for either team in my opinion.
Given that both teams are evenly matched in attack, expect both teams to score but I just fancy Leicester to score in each half.
West Ham will give it everything but in end, won’t be enough because I can see the Foxes being just too strong.
Prediction: Leicester City 2-1 West Ham United
Jake predicts: Leicester City 2-0 West Ham United
Result: Leicester City 0-2 West Ham United