After an impressive result against Newcastle United at St James’ Park eight days ago, West Ham United will not want to let that result go to waste and hope to follow up an opening day three points with a first Stratford success of the season in what will be the first of a double-header in front of a capacity crowd, when Leicester City make the trip to East London tonight.
Remarkably, the Hammers were the only side to do the double over the Foxes last season and after having the second best home record in the Premier League in 2020/21, what a feat it would be if they could start in front of the home faithful with another victory here.
Both sides go into this game having started the season well with Brendan Rodgers’ team having earnt maximum points at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on August 14 and will possibly be the fresher of the two sides, due to the one extra day’s preparation they have had.
Should Michail Antonio score for the second consecutive game, he will have broken the club’s all-time Premier League goalscoring record currently held by Paolo Di Canio.
With Manuel Lanzini having been involved in the matchday squad on Tyneside, David Moyes may choose to include the Argentine to add to his midfield options. Despite playing for the Development Squad in their game against Arsenal last Monday, Arthur Masuaku is not ready for a first-team return as he continues to recover from a knee injury.
The match is an 8pm kick-off and for the second week in succession, live coverage will be screened by Sky Sports from 7pm. The referee is Michael Oliver.