Preview - Leicester City vs West Ham United 23 January 20

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Match Day 23
Leicester City vs. West Ham United
Thursday, January 23rd 2020
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: King Power Stadium

Leicester City:
Last five matches form: L W W L L
Average goals per match: 2.09
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Jamie Vardy (17)

West Ham United:
Last five matches form: L L W L D
Average goals per match: 1.18
Average goals against per match: 1.55
Top Scorer: Sébastien Haller (6)

The Match Day 24 Premier League action continues at the King Power Stadium, in this clash between two sides plying their trade at opposite ends of the table, as third placed Leicester City play host to fourth bottom West Ham United.

Leicester picked up the points in the reverse of this fixture with a 2-1 success at the London Stadium. The game here last season ended in a 1-1 draw.

Daniel Amartey looks like being the only absentee for the home side. West Ham United are expected to be without Lukasz Fabianski, Ryan Fredericks, Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko.

Are Leicester City coming off the rails? Were they a little flattered by their early season results? Maybe, maybe not. Whatever the case though, having lost only two of their opening 17 Premier League fixtures, they now head into this having tasted defeat in four of their past six. They have lost their past two here at home - being stuffed by Liverpool and more surprisingly turned over by Southampton. They have scored two or more in seven of eleven at home.

Only outside of the relegation zone on goal difference, West Ham remain a hugely vulnerable side at present on the back of what has been a mixed start under David Moyes. The Hammers have won three of eleven on the road this season, scoring more than once in only two of those games.

We are inclined to believe that Leicester are a little flattered by their current points tally, but not hugely so, and they do remain a better outfit than West Ham. The Hammers do look tougher at the back under Moyes, but are still fancied to come up short in this one.

Prediction: Leicester City 2 - 1 West Ham United


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 4 - 1
Shots: 19 - 6
Shots on target: 8 - 2
Corner Kicks: 7 - 8
Possession: 68% - 32%

Just the one booking for each side in this one, with referee David Coote taking the names of Kasper Schmeichel of the home side and Angelo Ogbonna of West Ham United.

The home side opened the scoring in the 24th minute. Slick goal it was too. Lovely interplay in and around the area, an injection of pace from Harvey Barnes who then played in Ricardo Pereira to the right. Pereira's dinked low ball across taking the keeper out of the game and Barnes the man arriving to supply the finishing touch from just about on the goal-line.

On the stroke of half-time the Foxes made it two. Barnes this time providing the assist for Pereira. Cutting in from the left, the youngster showed excellent awareness to spot Pereira arriving around 12-yards out and to the right of centre. The fullback drilling home low to the left. 2-0 at the break.

West Ham then threatened to make a game of it when pulling one back just five minutes into the second half. Wilfried Ndidi sending Sébastien Haller tumbling in the left corner of the eighteen-yard box and the referee pointing to the spot. Mark Noble finishing straight down the middle.

Leicester made sure of the points nine minutes from time. Angelo Ogbonna felling Kelechi Iheanacho as he burst into the right of the box. Penalty kick.  Ayoze Perez stepping up to power home into the left-hand side.

The cherry on top came in the 88th minute. Iheanacho laying off to Perez around 14-yards out in the right of the area. Excellent finish from the Spaniard, making space and firing home into the bottom left. 4-1 final score.

No change for Leicester City who stay third, but with Manchester United losing elsewhere the Foxes are now an insurmountable looking 14-points clear of fifth place. West Ham United remain in trouble, lying fourth bottom and only being kept out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

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