West Ham United v Leicester City Preview

| December 20, 2014 | Reply

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it is now 10 games since Leicester last experienced victory in the Premier League and a win would be most welcome as the Foxes go into the Christmas period hoping to avoid going into Christmas, cast adrift of the rest of those fighting a relegation battle.

This week has seen manager Nigel Pearson receive a man one touchline ban for his fracas with a fan, but his fellow managers, including his opposing number this weekend Sam Allardyce has been quick to show his support.

The fans have rallied behind the Foxes boss too and they will go into the Christmas period with more confidence in getting themselves out of trouble. How much money the Thai owners will give the Leicester manager, remains to be seen but there is no doubt, they need a little bit of quality to add to their mix of youngsters and experienced heads.

Against Manchester City, they kept themselves in touch of coming away with a point, despite Man City not really getting out of first gear. That said, they have not been outplayed in any match this season, and with a little bit of extra luck, it won’t take long for Leicester to move themselves off the bottom of the table.

This weekend sees them come up against an in form Hammers side, who are fourth in the table. It will be interesting to see how Argentine Leo Ulloa fares against big New Zealander Winston Reid and the winner of that contest will have a say on which way the contest will end.

The forums have been awash with their support for right back Danny Simpson this week, with Ritchie De Laet back in contention and whilst De Laet offers more going forward, the greater defensive play of Simpson seems to be what the fans are calling for at the moment.

With Morgan and Wasilewski at the heart of the defence, they will need to keep Andy Carroll quiet, and the Hammers striker has been a big part of their early season form. If he continues with the form he has shown, England manager Roy Hodgson will have to take a serious look at re-introducing Carroll into the England mix.

There is definite cause of optimism for the Foxes recently and they are surely not far from breaking their bad run. Winger Riyad Mahrez has shown glimpses of last season’s form and Leicester will need the Algerian international to put in some good performances before he goes off to the African Nations Cup in the New Year.

He may well come up against Stewart Downing, who recently earned a recall to the England squad, though he did disappoint in their most recent match. The full backs will need to be on their game to stop Downing providing the crosses for Carroll, who is particularly strong in the air.

So Leicester will be looking to end a run of 10 games without a victory and will go to the Boleyn Ground with a renewed outlook. It will be a tough test for the side at the bottom of the table but look for Leicester to start show that Foxes never quit.

Prediction

Tough test for the Foxes but a point at high flying West Ham will give them huge confidence going into the Christmas period. Jamie Vardy to score in a 1-1 draw.

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