West Ham United vs Leicester City
English Premier League
Date: 28 December 2019, Saturday.
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 Central European Time
Venue: Olympic Stadium (London).
West Ham and Leicester City look for redemption after suffering defeats on the boxing day.
The Hammers had a lead but eventually squandered it and fell to a 1-2 defeat to Crystal Palace on Thursday.
Meantime, sloppy defending ended Leicester’s unbeaten home run with a 0-4 defeat to Liverpool, despite controlling majority of the game.
West Ham United Team News, Updates and Facts
West Ham Team News
Manuel Pellegrini has a mass group of players out with injuries, as Winston Reid, David Martin and Lukasz Fabianski, and Jack Wilshere, are set to miss out and have no role to play.
West Ham Key Man
West Ham grabbed a lead on Thursday, but in the end it was not enough as it came crumbling apart before the end. Michail Antonio helped engineer the goal, assisting Robert Snodgrass on it. He’s just so good at helping his team out in a variety of ways, making him a prime target here. Out wide, Felipe Anderson will look to kick back into some semblance of form. The Brazilian has not had the same kind of season he enjoyed last term and will be desperate to add to the three assists he has so far.
West Ham Team Form
West Ham have three losses and two wins in their last five matches:
2-1 loss at Crystal Palace
0-1 win at Southampton
1-3 home loss vs Arsenal
2-0 loss at Wolves
0-1 win at Chelsea
West Ham Predicted Starting Line up
Expected Line up: 4-4-2
West Ham United likely XI
- Defenders:Zabaleta, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Masuaku
- Midfielders:Lanzini, Noble, Rice, Anderson
- Forwards:Antonio, Haller
Leicester City Team News, Updates and Facts
Leicester Team News
Brendan Rodgers has just one injury in the form of midfielder Matty James, but he will surely look to freshen up his side given the difficult run they have had of late.
Leicester Key Man
It’s starting to look like a barren period for Jamie Vardy. Seriously, what’s wrong with him? Just one goal in three games. All kidding aside, the Englishman is on top of the PL goal scoring charts for a reason and it’s because of his unmistakable finishing. Look for him to try and get them back on song in London. In midfield, Ayoze Perez will be looking to forge a permanent place in Rodgers’ plans for the ‘big’ games having been left out on Thursday. He’s been decent with four goals so far since his move from Newcastle, but not quite enough to entice a more permanent spot in the first XI.
Leicester Team Form
Leicester have two losses, two draws, and a win in their last five matches:
0-4 home loss vs Liverpool
3-1 loss at Manchester City
2-2 draw, penalty win at Everton (EFL Cup)
1-1 home draw vs Norwich
1-4 win at Aston Villa
Leicester Predicted Starting Line up
Expected Line up: 4-4-2
Leicester City likely XI
- Defenders:Justin, Evans, Soyuncu, Fuchs
- Midfielders:Perez, Ndidi, Maddison, Albrighton
- Forwards:Iheanacho, Vardy