West Ham United v Leicester City

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  • KO 15:00

Cheikhou Kouyate and Reece Oxford celebrate

14 August 2015
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Barclays Premier League

Venue: Upton Park Date: Saturday, 15 August

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (0)

Match Stats

Possession

50

50

Shots

0

0

On target

0

0

Corners

0

0

Fouls

0

0

TEAM NEWS

West Ham defender Carl Jenkinson is available to face Leicester after being ineligible to play against parent club Arsenal last weekend.

Pedro Obiang could make his league debut but Joey O'Brien, Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia remain sidelined.

Leicester's Matty James is out with a knee injury but otherwise Claudio Ranieri has a fully fit squad.

Forward Jamie Vardy is expected to start despite being

fined by the club for making an alleged racial slur.

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

Jonathan Pearce:

"Both clubs are looking to win their opening two games of a Premier League season for the first time since 1997-98 but there was a major difference in the manner of their victories last weekend.

"West Ham were happy to let Arsenal have the ball but always looked capable of keeping a clean sheet. Leicester allowed Sunderland to boss possession but looked far more susceptible at the back.

"The Hammers have won seven of their last eight home Premier League games against Leicester, who haven't won in 20 top-flight visits to London.

"So I'll go for a home win in a thriller."

Twitter: @jpearcefootball

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic on Claudio Ranieri's reputation:

"He's a great manager, with a lot of experience and success. They can change 10%, he can change the formations but he cannot change the DNA of the players, he cannot change their qualities or weakness, no matter how much he tinkers."

"He brought a lot of energy to the team last week –

if that's to do with Kasabian

then I will leave the training pitch, go to a music shop and buy all their CDs."

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri:

"Every match is different. The manager must choose the best solution to help his players. I hope I choose the best plan. More important than a killer instinct for my players is concentration. I've shown them the mistakes and they'll get better.

"West Ham had a fantastic result and performance against Arsenal. They were outstanding. It'll be an open game. West Ham can win and Leicester can win."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

These two teams both got great results over the opening weekend but it is Leicester I fancy to pick up another one on Saturday.

The Foxes have a lot of pace and energy in wide areas and, if they keep on playing this attacking style they used against Sunderland, they will win a lot more games than they lose.

West Ham were brilliant when they beat Arsenal but I am going for a shock result against them here.

Lawro v BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Mark Radcliffe

Leicester City have failed to win their last 20 PL matches in London

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • West Ham have won seven of their last eight Premier League home games against Leicester City.
  • The Foxes lost all six of their Premier League games last season played in London.
  • Both West Ham and Leicester are looking to win their opening two games of a Premier League season for the first time since 1997-98.

West Ham United

  • West Ham are looking to win successive Premier League games for the first time in 2015.
  • Reece Oxford, aged 16 years and 236 days, became the seventh youngest Premier League debutant last weekend, and the second youngest player to start in the division (after Jose Baxter for Everton).
  • Oxford completed 20 of his 21 attempted passes against Arsenal for a match-high completion rate of 95%.
  • No Premier League player is currently on a longer run of starts for one side than West Ham goalkeeper Adrian, who has played in 57 consecutive Premier League games.

Leicester City

  • Leicester City have won 25 points since the start of April 2015, which is four more than any other Premier League side.
  • The Foxes have won eight of their last 10 Premier League fixtures – one more than they managed in their previous 55 top-flight games.
  • Jamie Vardy has scored five goals and provided four assists in his last 11 league appearances.
  • Claudio Ranieri has lost three of his last four Premier League games as a manager against West Ham.

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