Leicester City Match Preview
West Ham United lifted themselves back up to fourth place in the Premier League table following Easter Monday’s narrow 3-2 away success against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Now the task ahead of the Hammers is to attempt to score their first home victory against Leicester City since moving to Stratford in August 2016.
The Irons claimed a remarkable 3-0 success at The King Power Stadium back in October but the outcome of this encounter might be a tough one to call. The East Londoners have the second best home record in the top-flight and they come up against the Foxes who have the second best away form.
Due to Saturday’s results, the hosts currently occupy sixth place in the Premier League table but can climb back into the top four, should they get a win here.
West Ham do however go into this match with the better form after returning from Molineux triumphant six days ago, whereas the Foxes suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Manchester City a day earlier.
Craig Dawson will continue in defence after it was announced on Tuesday that an agreement had been reached for the centre-back to make his loan move from Watford permanent at the end of the current campaign with the player signing a two-year deal until the summer of 2023.
Tomáš Souček and Jesse Lingard ended the game on Easter Monday with minor ankle injuries but it would appear that both are fit enough to play, as David Moyes didn’t offer any updates on their fitness in his pre-match news conference.
Declan Rice remains out with a medial ligament injury so Mark Noble will continue to captain the side and in so doing make his 400th Premier League appearance for the club.
On the downside though, Moyes confirmed when he spoke to the media on Friday that after having to be replaced during the first-half of the game against Nuno Espírito Santo’s men, Michail Antonio suffered a re-occurrence of a hamstring injury which will definitely rule him out of participation here. This means that Jarrod Bowen is the most likely to come back into the starting line-up to replace him.
The match kicks off at 2:05pm and coverage is being screened by Sky Sports from 2pm. The referee is Mike Dean.