A loss for the Hammers will see them hang closer to the relegation side. The team’s mentality will be put to the full test as they play host to unstoppable Leicester City at the London Stadium. The match is scheduled for 28th December with kickoff at 20:00 GMT.
Coach Manuel Pellgrini has been under immense pressure following the lackluster performances by the Hammers. There has been a lot of talk of a managerial exit for the Chilean but it all remains under water.
The main contention has been with the huge club spending during the summer transfer which has failed to spark top 6 contention. The Hammers have clinched only two wins in their past 6 matches. A 1-0 win to Southampton might be the winning spark the team needs right now.
Leicester City have been the team to beat in this season. Brendan Rodgers received the first taste of defeat at the hands of Manchester City. The Foxes are currently second in the table with 39 points with is a point clear off third placed Manchester City.
The resurgence of James Vardy has been the talking point for the Foxes. The English talisman will end the year 2019 as the EPL top scorer with 17 goals. The focal of Leicester City attack will be the bull-rage performances.
West Ham vs. Leicester City Head to Head
Both teams have played 14 games together, with Leicester City picking up 5 wins while the Hammers with 4 wins. 5 games have ended in a draw between both sides. Here is a look at their past matches:
West Ham 2-1 Leicester
Leicester 1-1 West Ham
Leicester 0-2 West Ham
West Ham 1-1 Leicester
West Ham 2-3 Leicester
Leicester 1-0 West Ham
Leicester 2-2 West Ham
West Ham 1-2 Leicester
West Ham Team News
The Hammers will without the services of Ryan Fredericks who will be serving a suspension. On the risk of suspension is winger Snodgrass and left back Aaron Creswell who has picked up 4 yellow cards.
Signing Jack Wilshere still continues to recuperate from a groin injury. He is joined with skipper Fabianski who picked up a hip injury. Midfielder Manuel Lanzini will be sidelined after picking a shoulder injury. The means that new signing Fornals us bound to have more game time despite not scoring a goal yet.
Leicester City Team News
James Vardy has been in-form having scored in his in all his 9th Premier League starts. The linkup with Maddison has caused a lot of problems for team defenses. Young star Tielemans has been redefining himself under Brendan Rodgers. Defender Soyuncu has been the perfect replacement for Harry Maguire.
Prediction and Odds
This is will be an engaging clash between both sides which have a long history of drawing. However, Leicester City are the bigger team under their new form.
Goals Under 2.75
Vardy to Score