Football Predictions

Leicester vs West Ham preview, predictions & possible XIs

By Ben Green

Published: 10:30, 22 January 2020

After a stellar start to the season Leicester City are winless in three and will now look to stop the rot when they host West Ham on Wednesday.

The Foxes have defied the odds to sit comfortably in third position in the Premier League table but have lost back-to-back games against both Southampton and Burnley, with signs of fatigue just beginning to creep in.

At the opposite end of the table David Moyes is fighting tooth and nail to stave off the threat of relegation and will want to build on his side’s recent 1-1 draw against Everton, with the Hammers only outside the drop zone on goal difference.

So, will Moyes inflict the latest blow to Leicester’s top four push? Or can Brendan Rodgers turn things around and dent the Hammers’ hopes of safety? 

Read on for Leicester vs West Ham preview, predictions, team news, TV coverage information and more.

When is Leicester vs West Ham and where can I watch live?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: King Power Stadium

Date: Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Kick-off: 7:30 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): BT Sport 2

Last five meetings: Leicester vs West Ham

28 December 2019West Ham 1-2 Leicester (Premier League)

20 April 2019West Ham 2-2 Leicester (Premier League)

27 October 2018Leicester 1-1 West Ham (Premier League)

05 May 2018Leicester 0-2 West Ham (Premier League)

24 November 2017West Ham 1-1 Leicester (Premier League)

Aggregate Score: Leicester (WDDLD) 6-7 West Ham (LDDWD)

Ones to watch

Leicester: Caglar Soyuncu

Leicester boast the third-best defensive record in the Premier League this season having conceded just 23 goals, fewer than Manchester City (27), but they have shipped four during their previous two outings to Southampton and Burnley. West Ham have struggled for goals this season and could have a hard time breaching Kasper Schmeichel’s net if Soyuncu is on form and in the mood. 

Key stat: Only Virgil van Dijk (1,604) has completed more passes than Soyuncu (1,349) in the Premier League this season among defenders.

West Ham: Robert Snodgrass

In times of crisis the most precious commodity is often grit, and Snodgrass brings that in abundance. He may not come with a flashy foreign name, or possess the twinkle-toed exploits of Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini et al, but he has a wand of a left boot and will give everything for the cause. With West Ham firmly locked in a relegation dogfight, Moyes will need battlers like Snodgrass, who play with their heart on their sleeves and always give 100 per cent. 

Key stat: Snodgrass has created more chances in the Premier League this season than any other West Ham player (28).

Team news

Leicester

Brendan Rodgers has revealed Wilfred Ndidi could be back in the squad for Wednesday’s game after making a miraculous recovery from a knee injury. But he faces a late fitness test to see if he will be available and may not be risked too soon.

Daniel Amartey has been ruled out with an ankle injury, while Matthew James is nearing a return. Ben Chilwell is in line to return after being left out of the defeat to Burnley.

Predicted XI: Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Mendy, Maddison, Tielemans, Perez, Barnes; Vardy.

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West Ham

Felipe Anderson will be out four weeks after suffering a back injury and joins Jack Wilshere, Ryan Fredericks, Lukasz Fabianski and Andriy Yarmolenko on the sidelines. However, Michail Antonio has an outside chance of making the matchday squad later this week.

Predicted XI: Randolph; Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Noble, Fornals, Snodgrass, Lanzini; Haller.

Squawka prediction

West Ham have looked defensively more assured since Moyes turned up, but it is hard to envisage Leicester losing a third straight game in a row, particularly against a side scrapping it out near the foot of the table.

Under the lights at the King Power, the Foxes should have enough attacking quality to reinvigorate their season and bruise West Ham’s hopes of survival.

Scoreline prediction: Leicester 2-0 West Ham