Paul Merson predicts scoreline of West Ham United showdown v Leicester City
Paul Merson has backed Leicester City to beat West Ham United 2-1 in their Premier League clash at the London Stadium on Saturday.
The Hammers have lost three of their last four fixtures with the pressure beginning to increase on David Moyes after a disappointing start to the season.
Merson’s concern regarding the Irons is growing and the Sky Sports pundit believes the resurgent Foxes should have enough to win the game.
“I’m starting to worry about West Ham now. I didn’t see Crystal Palace winning an away game, but West Ham lost to them at home. They’ve also crashed out of the cup after a defeat against Blackburn this week,” said Merson (Sportskeeda prediction, 11 November).
“West Ham should’ve pulled off a result against Manchester United, but they’ve now lost three of their last four games. Leicester have bounced back this season and should be able to win this Premier League game.”
Must win for Moyes
Moyes simply has to win this game against Brendan Rodgers’ side. Another defeat heading into the World Cup break would leave a really bad feeling around the club, with many fans now calling for the Scot’s time at the club to come to an end. Moyes has done wonders for the Hammers over the years, but there’s a growing feeling that he may have taken the club as far as he can.
His style of management is far better suited to being the underdog. However, with the high-quality group of players he has now, he is dramatically failing. Over £150million was spent in the summer, and it’s clear Moyes’ tactics and style of football are not conducive to the players he has at his disposal.
A heavy defeat this weekend could leave West Ham in the relegation zone, and if that does occur, the board surely must act to prevent the club from being dragged into a dogfight at the bottom of the table. The Evening Standard(10 November) suggest that Moyes could have a mutiny on his hands if things go badly on Saturday (12 November) and with how things are going at the moment, it would not be a surprise.