Jan 22, 2020 at 7.30pm UK
LeicesterLeicester City
West HamWest Ham United
Barnes (24'), Pereira (45'), Perez (81' pen., 88')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Noble (50' pen.)

Preview: Leicester City vs. West Ham United - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Wednesday's meeting between Leicester City and West Ham United at the King Power Stadium, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Leicester City take on West Ham United at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday, with the Foxes looking to arrest their recent run of poor form.

West Ham, on the other hand, have seen a marked improvement since David Moyes was reinstated as manager, taking four points from their last three Premier League matches.

Match preview

Leicester were the closest challengers to runaway league leaders Liverpool for much of this season, but a run of four defeats in their last six Premier League matches has seen Brendan Rodgers' side fall into third position.

Defeats in their last two matches to sides in the bottom half will have been particularly worrying for the former Liverpool boss, with Jamie Vardy missing a penalty in their most recent loss to Burnley on Sunday.

Furthermore, Leicester have seen their excellent home form slip away in recent weeks, with consecutive losses to Liverpool and Southampton ending their unbeaten run at the King Power.

Leicester remain six points clear of Chelsea in fourth place and 11 points clear of Manchester United in fifth, so a win at home to the Hammers would be the perfect way to re-emphasise their top-four credentials.

West Ham's trajectory in recent weeks has been better than that of Leicester, with Moyes's arrival allowing the club to look past their previous run of nine defeats in 13 Premier League fixtures.

However, Moyes's side have followed up their two initial wins with a loss at Sheffield United and a draw with Everton, suggesting the Hammers are yet to fully turn the corner.

The East London club remain just a point above the relegation zone and know a defeat at Leicester could see them looking over their shoulders once again.

However, West Ham have tended to fare better on the road than they have at the London Stadium this season, with the majority of their points coming away from Stratford.

Leicester came out on top in December when these two sides last met, securing a 2-1 win in what turned out to be Manuel Pellegrini's last match as manager.

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Team News

Leicester will still be without the impressive Wilfred Ndidi, for whom this match will likely come a week early.

A player that could have acted as an able deputy, Daniel Amartey, continues his long road to recovery following the broken ankle he sustained against West Ham in October 2018.

The Ghana international has been back in for surgery this month and remains a way off a full return.

West Ham attackers Michail Antonio and Felipe Anderson will face fitness tests before the game to judge their availability for this match, after both sat out Saturday's draw with Everton.

Andriy Yarmolenko is also closing in on a return, but is unlikely to be ready for this match, while Lukasz Fabianski could be back from his thigh injury before the end of the month.

Jack Wilshere and Ryan Fredericks are likely to be longer term absentees, with both expected to be back in contention for starts next month.

Leicester City possible starting lineup:
Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Fuchs; Mendy, Tielemans, Maddison; Perez, Vardy, Barnes

West Ham United possible starting lineup:
Randolph; Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Snodgrass, Rice, Noble, Fornals, Lanzini; Haller

We say: Leicester City 1-1 West Ham United

This game sees two sides face off at a crucial point in their seasons, with both clubs looking over their shoulders at the chasing pack. West Ham have seen improvements since Moyes arrived and this can be expected to continue on Wednesday, with the Hammers taking a point home from the Midlands.

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