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Frank McAvennie predicts West Ham to beat Leicester at the London Stadium on Sunday but admits he would be pleased with a point.
Nobody saw this coming at the start of the season but it’s third versus fourth in East London this weekend with the Irons set to play their 31st match of the campaign.
While the Hammers cannot move above Leicester into third place with a win on Sunday, they can keep the chasing back behind them as David Moyes and his men hunt down an unexpected spot in next season’s Champions League.
Ex-Hammers forward McAvennie expects his former club to do exactly that but he’s admitted he’s a big fan of Leicester and midfield star James Maddison.
Speaking exclusively to West Ham Zone, McAvennie said: “They’re a good team, I like Leicester. I think they could hurt West Ham with the way they play in the midfield. I like Maddison.
“I’m going to say West Ham to win 2-1.
“The momentum is with West Ham and it’s a big game. I would probably take a draw, I would be happy with that especially with Rice out.
“It’s a massive game.”
West Ham have lost just two of their last seven meetings with Leicester as they go into their top-four showdown at the London Stadium this weekend.
Earlier this season, Moyes’ men stunned the Foxes by winning 3-0 at the King Power Stadium with Michail Antonio, Jarrod Bowen and Pablo Fornals all getting on the scoresheet.
Unfortunately for the Hammers, they have injury issues going into this weekend’s action with Antonio and Declan Rice both ruled out [Evening Standard].
However, fans can take solace in the fact that Moyes’ side won 3-2 at Wolves on Monday without Rice and with Antonio being forced off injured in the first half.
Leicester also have issues of their own.
Harvey Barnes and James Justin are long-term injury absentees while Caglar Soyuncu has tested positive for COVID-19 [Leicester Mercury].
It’s going to be a high-stakes game between two brilliant teams on Sunday so let’s hope they give us a bit of a spectacle.
And, of course, three points for the Hammers.
In other West Ham news, here are three things to look out for as the Irons play Leicester.