David Moyes has worked wonders to take his West Ham side to within reach of European football, but Sunday afternoon’s clash with Leicester City could define just what their expectations are for the season run-in.
The Hammers are sixth ahead of kick-off and could jump back up to fourth with three points here – a task all the more important after both Liverpool and Chelsea won on Saturday. Leicester, however, are one of the few sides with more points this term than West Ham; currently in third, the Foxes have dropped off somewhat of late, winning only two of their last five in the league and being soundly beaten by Man City last weekend.
Having dropped out of the top four late on last season, Brendan Rodgers’ side will be desperate to ensure they complete the job this time around. Three points for the Foxes would give them a buffer of seven points down to fifth, with just seven matches left to play.
The form of Jesse Lingard has been a massive boost for the Hammers in the second half of the season – and a boost for his own international prospects – and another big showing in a game of real magnitude would only increase the clamour for his services this summer, when his loan at London Stadium comes to an end.
Follow all the action live and get the latest updates from West Ham against Leicester below.
Here come the teams
Both sides make their way out onto the pitch at the London Stadium. There’s a lot to play for today, this should be a good one. Kick off is next.
Michael Jones11 April 2021 14:01
Ayoze Perez has three goals and three assists in his last seven league starts against the Hammers.
Nine of Jamie Vardy’s 12 Premier League goals this season have come away from home.
Kelechi Iheanacho has scored nine times in his last 10 appearances.
Michael Jones11 April 2021 13:59
Jesse Lingard has six goals and three assists in eight league appearances for West Ham. No other Premier League player has been directly involved in more goals since his debut in February.
Michael Jones11 April 2021 13:54
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Wesley Fofana on his time at Leicester
Michael Jones11 April 2021 13:46
On the road
Leicester are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League away games, with six wins and four draws, and have lost just once on the road all season. However, the Foxes have only kept one clean sheet in their last seven league outings.
Michael Jones11 April 2021 13:42
West Ham have amassed 28 league points at home this season, second only to Manchester City. The Hammers need one more win to equal their club record of 16 in a Premier League season.
Michael Jones11 April 2021 13:38
West Ham United have won just two of the last 13 meetings between the sides across all competitions with four draws and seven defeats.
Leicester are unbeaten in their four visits to the London Stadium, two wins and two draws but West Ham could record their first Premier League double over Leicester since the 1999/2000 season.
Michael Jones11 April 2021 13:32
Brendan Rodgers on David Moyes’ impact at West Ham
Michael Jones11 April 2021 13:27
David Moyes on Leicester City
Michael Jones11 April 2021 13:22