West Ham v Leicester City Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

West Ham entertain Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday with both sides looking to bounce back from Boxing Day defeats.

The Hammers went down 2-1 away at Crystal Palace while in the battle of the league's top two, the Foxes were crushed 4-0 at home by leaders Liverpool.

Brendan Rodgers,Jamie Vardy

Manuel Pellegrini's side hover just one point above the relegation zone after sinking to three defeats in their last five games in the ​Premier League. As for Brendan Rodgers' ​Leicester side, they will be smarting from the emphatic defeat to ​Liverpool which saw the gap between the teams grow to an almost unassailable 13 points.

Saturday's match-up provides the perfect chance for both teams to get back on track - here 90min's preview of the game. 

Where To Watch

When Is Kick Off? ​Saturday 28 December
​What Time Is Kick Off? ​17.30 (GMT)
​Where Is It Played? ​London Stadium
​TV Channel/Live Stream? ​N/A
Referee? David Coote​

Team News

Manuel Lanzini is in contention for a starting place after coming off the bench against ​Palace to mark his first appearance in over two months for the Hammers.


The likely return of Ryan Fredericks will also bolster Pellegrini's side after the first-choice right-back was unavailable for their last game through suspension. 

Pellegrini is still waiting on the fitness of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, who has been sidelined with a torn hip muscle suffered in the 2-2 draw with ​Bournemouth in September. Elsewhere, Jack Wilshere's injury curse continues, the former ​Arsenal midfielder continues to nurse a groin injury ​amid growing rumours that he is set to leave the club in January. 

Aside from bruised egos from the ​Liverpool loss, Rodgers has a fully fit squad ahead of the visit to the London Stadium. But given the festive fixture list, the Leicester boss may well freshen up his side ahead of this important encounter.

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After a chastening 4-0 home defeat to Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers' Leicester City go to West Ham looking a little fragile, having conceded seven goals in their past two matches, one more than they allowed in their previous 11 games. 

But fragility is not a criticism that can be levelled at Jamie Vardy. The tenacious forward is enjoying one of the best runs of his career and has 29 Premier League goals this year. One in London on Saturday, and he will become only the seventh player to reach 30 for the competition in a single calendar year. 

If Leicester could handpick an opponent to play during a difficult spell, West Ham would arguably be their first choice as the Hammers have dropped a league-high 15 points from winning positions this term.

Predicted Lineups

​West Ham  ​Roberto; Fredericks, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Snodgrass, Rice Noble, Anderson; Lanzini, Haller
​Leicester City ​Schmeichel; Pereira, Evan, Söyüncu, Chilwell; Ndidi, Tielemans, Maddison; Perez, Albrighton, Vardy.

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Head-to-Head Record

The sides have been evenly matched in recent times with three of their last four meetings in the Premier League ending in stalemates.


A 90th minute Harvey Barnes strike ensured the points were shared in the last game between the two as they drew 2-2 at the London Stadium in April.

Before Barnes' late intervention, Michail Antonio had put the Hammers ahead but Jamie Vardy levelled for the away side. Lucas Perez then looked to have sealed a victory for the hosts but Barnes popped up in the dying minutes to snatch a draw. 

Recent Form

Inconsistent is how the Hammers' recent results can be described. Pellegrini appeared all but out of the door before his side conjured up a heroic 1-0 win away at arch-rivals ​Chelsea.

They then lost back-to-back games before winning a crucial six-pointer away at Southampton to buy the boss yet another week in the dugout. Defeat at Palace would not have gone down with owners David Sullivan and Gold, though, and Pellegrini could yet still be on borrowed time.

Manuel Pellegrini

As for Leicester, they have defied the odds this season and are performing above and beyond anyone's expectations of them.

They may have suffered setbacks in recent games, the hammering by Liverpool was preceded by a 3-1 defeat to ​Manchester City but the Foxes still receive a glowing half-term report.

Rodgers' side sit comfortably inside the top four, 10 points from dropping out of the ​Champions League places and have still only lost four league games all season. 

Here's how the two teams have fared in their last five games in all competitions.

​West Ham Leicester City​
​Crystal Palace 2-1 West Ham (26/12) ​Leicester 0-4 Liverpool (26/12)
​Southampton 0-1 West Ham (14/12) ​Man City 3-1 Leicester (21/12)
​West Ham 1-3 Arsenal (09/12) Everton 2 (2)-2 (4) Leicester
​Wolves 2-0 West Ham (04/12) Leicester 1-1 Norwich (14/12)
​Chelsea 0-1 West Ham (30/11) ​Aston Villa 1-4 Leicester (08/12)


The Foxes will be eager to stop the mini-rot that has seen them lose their last two and will surely fancy their chances at beating West Ham on Saturday.Kasper Schmeichel

As has become an all too familiar saying this campaign, this could be Pellegrini's last game in charge of the Hammers but then again it's just as likely that it might not be. 

With both sides desperate for a win, it promises to be an open attacking game, particularly down to Leicester's blistering pace on the break. There'll be goals in this one, but only at one end of the pitch in a comfortable away win for Rodgers' men.

Prediction: West Ham 0-2 Leicester

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Source : 90min