Leicester City Match Preview
By Tom Dowsett
Wednesday 22 Jan 2020 12:35:00
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West Ham United will have to get used to quick turnarounds in the next couple of weeks and after their home draw with Everton on Saturday, they face a trip to The King Power Stadium to take on Leicester City tonight, looking for their fourth away win of the season.

The teams last met under a month ago and the encounter in Stratford turned out to be the last game in charge for Manuel Pellegrini after the Hammers lost 2-1.

David Moyes then swiftly returned to East London to replace the Chilean and last time he was in charge of the Irons, he achieved a 2-0 win on this ground in May 2018. In fact, that was the result that clinched the club's top-flight status for a sixth season.

Whilst the team still have some way to go to achieve safety this time around, if Moyes could repeat the trick, it would go some way to achieving that aim.

Leicester haven't been in the best of form recently following surprising defeats to both Southampton and Burnley. With the hosts still involved in both cup competitions, the visitors might fancy their chances here, especially as they felt that they should have picked up something from there last away game at newly-promoted Sheffield United.

Due to Tuesday's results, West Ham have slipped a place to seventeenth in the table but are only outside the relegation zone on goal difference. However, if they were to inflict another defeat on the side managed by Brendan Rodgers, they would move up to fifteenth position.

Felipe Anderson missed the game against the Toffees four days ago due to a back injury and he is likely to be missing again, as Moyes confirmed before the encounter that the injury was worse than first thought.

Anderson's absence means that Robert Snodgrass will more than likely be in for another start alongside both Pablo Fornals and Manuel Lanzini.

Issa Diop was brought in to the starting line-up at the weekend in place of Fabián Balbuena and after making a scoring return to the side, the Frenchman will certainly be hoping to retain his place.

The match kicks off at 7:30pm and is one of two encounters to be televised by BT Sport tonight. Build-up will be available on BT Sport 2 from 7pm with kick-off at 7:30pm. 

As he was for last months reverse fixture, the referee will again be David Coote.

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