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Apr 11, 2021 at 2.05pm UK at London Stadium
West HamWest Ham United
3-2
LeicesterLeicester City
Lingard (29', 44'), Bowen (48')
Soucek (10'), Cresswell (30'), Masuaku (90+2')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Iheanacho (70', 90+1')
Pereira (33'), Fofana (45+2'), Ndidi (46')

Preview: West Ham United vs. Leicester City - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Premier League clash between West Ham United and Leicester City, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

A crucial top-four showdown will take place at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon when West Ham United host Leicester City in the Premier League.

The away team has been victorious in four of the last eight top-flight meetings between the Hammers and the Foxes, although the visiting side has not won both league encounters in the same season since the 1929-30 campaign.


Match preview

West Ham United's Jesse Lingard celebrates scoring their first goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on April 5, 2021© Reuters

West Ham kept their top-four hopes alive with an entertaining 3-2 away victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday evening.

A stunning solo goal from Jesse Lingard, followed by strikes from Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen, saw the Hammers race into a three-goal lead after just 38 minutes; Wolves fought back with two goals either side of half time, but David Moyes's men held on to claim all three points at Molineux.

That victory moved West Ham above London rivals Chelsea into fourth place, one point clear of Thomas Tuchel's side with eight matches left to play.

Only Manchester City, Manchester United and this weekend's opponents Leicester have won more Premier League games than the Hammers so far this campaign, and Moyes has insisted that their top-four challenge is "not a fluke".

Heading into this weekend's intriguing encounter, West Ham have the second-best home record in the Premier League this season, accumulating 28 points from 15 matches at the London Stadium. Meanwhile, Leicester have the second-best away record so far this term, claiming 34 points on the road.

The Hammers know that they cannot afford many slip-ups if they wish to qualify for next season's Champions League and defeat on Sunday could see them drop down as low as seventh if Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool were all to win this weekend.

Leicester City's Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates scoring against Manchester United in the FA Cup on March 21, 2021© Reuters

Likewise, Leicester must be wary heading down the home straight as their top-four position, which they have held for the last 14 weeks, could be under threat.

Victories in March against Brighton & Hove Albion and Sheffield United kept the Foxes in the Champions League places and despite losing 2-0 to leaders Man City last weekend, they remain in third position. However, there are now only four points separating them from West Ham and they are just five clear of fifth-placed Chelsea.

Enforced alterations to Leicester's backline have exposed defensive vulnerabilities in recent weeks; the Foxes have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven league games and on Sunday face a Hammers outfit who have scored in 25 different Premier League matches this season, with only Man City finding the net in more.

Leicester are, however, one of six away teams who are yet to lose a Premier League match at the London Stadium, with the Foxes unbeaten in four, winning and drawing two each.

Brendan Rodgers will be keen to avoid a repeat of October's encounter with the Hammers, who beat them 3-0 at the King Power Stadium. Securing three points this weekend would provide a massive boost in their quest to seal a Champions League place for the first time since the 2015-16 campaign, when they won their first ever top-flight title.

West Ham United Premier League form:
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • W

Leicester City Premier League form:
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • L

Leicester City form (all competitions):
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L


Team News

Declan Rice celebrates scoring for West Ham United against Sheffield United in the Premier League on February 15, 2021© Reuters

West Ham are set to be without striker Michail Antonio, who was forced off with a hamstring problem after 36 minutes in the victory at Wolves on Monday.

Bowen, who scored at Molineux after replacing Antonio, could lead the line if the latter is not fit to feature.

Another major blow for Moyes is the loss of midfielder Declan Rice, who has been ruled out for around four to six weeks having torn the lateral ligament of his right knee.

Defender Angelo Ogbonna (ankle), winger Andriy Yarmolenko (knee) and goalkeeper Darren Randolph (groin) all remain unavailable for selection through injury.

For Leicester, Rodgers could bring James Maddison and Ricardo Pereira into the starting lineup at the expense of Ayoze Perez and Marc Albrighton.

Defender Caglar Soyuncu was unavailable last weekend after testing positive for coronavirus while on international duty with Turkey and as a result, the 24-year-old is highly unlikely to feature on Sunday.

Winger Harvey Barnes and full-back James Justin both remain out with knee injuries, while Cengiz Under and Wes Morgan will undergo late fitness tests before kickoff.

Belgian midfielder Dennis Praet, who has started just one game in 2021, is hoping to feature in the capital but is unlikely to start ahead of either Youri Tielemans or Wilfred Ndidi.

West Ham United possible starting lineup:
Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Cresswell; Noble, Soucek; Fornals, Lingard, Masuaku; Bowen

Leicester City possible starting lineup:
Schmeichel; Amartey, Evans, Fofana; Pereira, Tielemans, Ndidi, Castagne; Maddison; Vardy, Iheanacho


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We say: West Ham United 2-2 Leicester City

Goals are to be expected in Sunday's fixture as only Man City have netted in more games than both West Ham United and Leicester so far this season. In addition, each of the last five games hosted by the Hammers against the Foxes have seen both teams score.

A win for either side would be huge in their quest for the top four, but both clubs may have to settle for just a point in the capital.



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2Manchester UnitedMan Utd362010670422870
3Leicester CityLeicester362061065442166
4Chelsea361810855332264
5Liverpool36189963422163
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs361781163412259
7West Ham UnitedWest Ham361781156461059
8Everton36168124643356
9Arsenal361671350381255
10Leeds UnitedLeeds36165155753453
11Aston Villa36147155144749
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves36129153549-1445
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14Southampton36127174763-1643
15Burnley36109173351-1839
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle36109174362-1939
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton36814143742-538
RFulham36512192650-2427
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom36511203370-3726
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3662281962-4320

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