It’s third versus fourth in the capital on Sunday as West Ham host high-flying Leicester City in a Premier League clash at the London Stadium.
The Hammers will aim to close the gap to two points with a win. They’ll have to do it without Declan Rice and Michail Antonio though – the latter getting injured at Molineux on Monday evening.
The Foxes are looking to bounce back from a 2-0 defeat at home to Manchester City. They’ll be very keen to pick up a win and keep their distance from fourth spot. Things are really starting to heat up in the race for the Champions League.
Ahead of the clash, West Ham Zone have highlighted three things to look out for when these two face off.
Down one side
Expect a lot of the play to take place down our left-hand side on Sunday. Aaron Cresswell has returned eight assists so far this season for the Hammers, and Arthur Masuaku got his second during his return to the side at Wolves.
With regards to Leicester, they’ve recently welcomed back their Portuguese star Ricardo Pereira. He’s started the last five Premier League games for the Foxes having missed the majority of the season. He’ll feature down their right-wing.
According to WhoScored, the Hammers generate 39% of their attacking threat down the left flank. As well as this, Leicester operate down the right 39% of the time. It could get very busy down that side of the pitch on Sunday.
More brilliance form Bowen
As things stand, Jarrod Bowen is our last hope upfront. The winger will most likely lead the line in the absence of Michail Antonio this weekend – it’s a role he’s more than capable of fulfilling.
Bowen has hit a bit of form recently. After going eight games without a goal or assist he’d scored in back to back matches against Arsenal and Wolves. He has every reason to be confident on Sunday, having scored at the King Power Stadium in September.
Seven goals and three assists is a solid return from the Englishman in his first full season in the top-flight. We’re hoping for more of the same from him on Sunday.
Vardy to break his duck?
Jamie Vardy started the season in his usual sensational form. The Englishman bagged 12 goals in the opening 13 matches and was well on the way for another Premier League golden boot.
But astonishingly, he’s scored just one goal in his last 17 appearances. By his usual high standards, this simply will not do. Vardy hasn’t scored against the Hammers since April 2019 and will be looking to make amends.
Despite not shooting against Manchester City, Vardy had five attempts on goal in the Foxes’ match prior. As we’ve conceded five in our last two, you’d imagine Vardy will be raring to go against our backline and break his barren run in front of goal.
In other West Ham news, Keith Hackett expects an FA investigation due to this incident at Molineux.