West Ham will be aiming to snap a three-game skid when they host Leicester City in the Premier League at London Stadium, in London, on Saturday night (IST).
What competition it is? Premier League
Teams: West Ham United and Leicester City
Kick Off: Saturday 20 April
Match Timing: 07:30 PM (IST)
Where the game is played? London Stadium (66,000)
TV Info: Star Network has the rights to broadcast Premier League matches in India. While the premier members can also catch the action on Hotstar App.
Starting on a positive note, West Ham are now eligible to install a claret-colored pitch that surrounds the London Stadium. It's a long-awaited move which will make both the players and the fans feel at home inside the new stadium.
While, on the result side, the Hammers could do with a win here after losing the last three matches. But sometimes the results can be a false indicator of the end scoreline and that's what happened at Old Trafford last time around.
Manchester United may have won the game 2-1 at Old Trafford, but West Ham were by far the best team on the day. They bossed the possession and had more shots on the target. But football is strange. The best side may lose on a particular day.
For West Ham, it was that kind of a day when the ball didn't go into the net. But still, Pellegrini can take a lot of positives from that performance.
That defeat made it three losses in as many games for West Ham. And with Leicester, Wolves and Everton, all recording wins in that period, Hammers have slipped down to the bottom half of the table.
As things stand, Pellegrini's team sit at 11th, five points behind Leicester City in seventh.
The Foxes meanwhile are in the pole position to earn the best of the rest tag, having moved to 7th on the table behind the run of four consecutive wins.
Leicester have improved a lot since Brendan Rodgers took charge of the club. He is not shying away from making bold statements, claiming that he wants to make Leicester a genuine top-six club.
Well, there's no doubt that he can. For he is a proven manager after working at some of the biggest clubs in Europe. With him on the side, Leicester can attract good talent to the club.
Recent form (Last six matches)
West Ham United – W L W L L L
Leicester City – L W W W W L
LEI vs WHU Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
West Ham United vs Leicester City Team News:
West Ham United:
Injured – Injuries have marred West Ham all season and it's not easing by any means. For as many as six players are out of contention here in the shape of Samir Nasri, Manuel Lanzini, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez and Andy Carroll.
Lanzini only returned recently from his long-term knee injury but suffered a groin injury at Old Trafford.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Striker Marko Arnautovic could be involved here after missing the Manchester United clash through illness. While, Aaron Cresswell, Winston Reid, and Lucas Perez are also doubts for the Hammers. Chicharito hasn't trained all week due to the ear problem and will be monitored before the match.
Note: Pellegrini has confirmed that midfielder Jack Wilshere is fit to return to the action.
Key Players – Felipe Anderson, Declan Rice
Injured – Leicester City will be without long-term absentee Daniel Amartey.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: Fan-favorite Marc Albrighton, who was deemed as out for the rest of the season due to a hamstring injury, made a cameo against Newcastle United last weekend. Rodgers confirmed that he could be involved here but not from the start as the player is not ready to play for the full 90 minutes.
Key Players – Jamie Vardy, James Maddison
LEI vs WHU Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
West Ham United– Fabianski (GK), Zabaleta, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Rice, Anderson, Noble, Diangana, Arnautovic, Hernandez
Leicester City– Schmeichel (GK), Pereira, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, Gray, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy
LEI vs WHU Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
The reverse fixture ended in a 1-1 draw earlier in the season. It was the second draw in the last five meetings between these two sides, with Leicester winning two times.
It's a tough call here, but we back the hosts to avoid a defeat here.
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