David Moyes’ first home game as West Ham manager

Last updated: November 22, 2017 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Friday, 20:00pm
Venue: London Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Team Form: DLDLL
Away Team Form: DWWDL
Last Meeting: West Ham 2 – 3 Leicester
Competition: Premier League

Two clubs with new managers meet on Friday night as West Ham host Leicester. Though it will be David Moye’s first home game in charge of West Ham, he can expect little patience from the already restless Hammer’s fans. Tensions will be high at the Olympic Stadium in a match West Ham can ill afford to lose.

Moyes’ first match in charge on Sunday certainly didn’t go as planned. Watford were the better team in fairness, but the Hammers had multiple chances that on another day would have been converted. But confidence is clearly low. The players have been criticised for a lack of effort and on Sunday’s performance, those criticisms are justified. The performances will have to be lifted significantly, but the question remains; is Moyes the man to inspire a group of players low on confidence? West Ham are likely to be without key man Michail Antonio, while defensive issues persist, with Fonte and Collins also likely to be absent. The biggest loss though is perhaps Chichartio to a hamstring injury. Andy Carroll will start, but the frustration he currently feels was evident in his performance on Sunday, which led to a yellow card and an early substitution, as it appeared a matter of time before Carroll incurred a second yellow.

Leicester might have lost their last game, but it was against Manchester City, so most will excuse them the result. They were, for the most part, well in the game. A decisive minute in which Leicester could have equalised, but then found then ball in their own net at the other end after the resulting counter attack, ultimately decided the game, but the Foxes can be satisfied with their performance. That was the first loss in six games for Leicester, as Claude Puel appears to have steadied the ship. Surprisingly, Jamie Vardy is without a goal in that period. But he’ll surely be licking his lips at the prospect of playing against a West Ham defence ravaged by injuries and without a clean sheet in five games.

Team News

West Ham will be without Hernández for at least another week or so, with the forward out with a hamstring injury.

Defensive problems continue for West Ham through injuries, as both Jose Fonte and James Collins are likely to miss out again. Marko Arnautovic suffered a particularly nasty wrist injury against Watford and could also miss out.

Despite Leicester’s improvements of late, Jamie Vardy has just one goal in his last six league matches.

The Foxes have no fresh injury concerns. They will soon be welcoming back defender Robert Huth from injury.

Expected Line-Ups:

West Ham (4-3-3): Hary, Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Kouyaté, Noble, Obiang, Arnautovic, Carroll, Lanzini
Subs: Adrián, Sakho, Masuaku, Martinez, Fernandes, Quina, Rice
Injured: Byram, Antonio, Chicharito
Doubtful: Collins, Fonte, Ayew, Arnautovic
Not available:
Leicester (4-3-3): Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, Ndidi, Iborra, Gray, Albrighton, Vardy
Subs: Chilwell, Iheanacho, King, Hamer, Dragovic, Slimani, Okazaki
Injured: Huth, James
Not available:

So Far This Season

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West Ham So Far This Season Leicester So Far This Season
18th League Position 12th
2 (0) Wins (away) 2 (1)
2 – 0 vs. Huddersfield Biggest Win 2 – 0 vs. Everton
0 (3) Draws (away) 1 (3)
0 – 4 vs Manchester United Biggest Defeat 3 – 4 vs Arsenal
Chicharito (4) Top Goal Scorer Jamie Vardy (6)
Y28, R2 Discipline Y13, R0
5 Failures to Score 3
3 Clean Sheets 3
41% Both Teams to Score Games 58%
58% Over 2.5 Goals 41%
42% Under 2.5 Goals 59%
  • West Ham currently have the worst discipline record in the league, with 28 yellow cards and 2 reds already.
  • Almost two-thirds of Leicester’s games have featured both teams to score, but with a more defensive minded manager now in charge, the Foxes are tightening up at the back.
  • West Ham have now conceded at least once in each of their last five games and are without a win in that time too.
  • Both teams have just three clean sheets in their twelve matches. Two of West Ham’s have come at home, but Leicester have failed to score away from home just twice.

Head to Head

Last Five Competitive Meetings Between The Sides
Date Game Result Round First Goal-scorer
18/03/2017 West Ham 2 – 3 Leicester Premier League Mahrez 5′
31/12/2016 Leicester 1 – 0 West Ham Premier League Slimani 20′
17/04/2016 Leicester 2 – 2 West Ham Premier League Vardy 18′
22/09/2015 Leicester 2 – 1 West Ham League Cup Dodoo 6′
15/09/2015 West Ham 1 – 2 Leicester Premier League Okazaki 27′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

We’ve seen a few cases already this season of a new manager breathing new life into a team that were struggling. Leicester are one example, while Crystal Palace, despite perhaps not getting the results, have improved their performances markedly under Roy Hodgson.

West Ham had no such improvement in their first game under Moyes. The question is, will his first home game give them the kick-start they need? The bookies see both teams as having a similar chance to win, but in truth, the pressure is really on West Ham and they haven’t handled it well so far.

The biggest problems appear to be at the back for the Hammers. They were very unlucky not to score in their last game, but they will do very well to keep a clean sheet here. For that reason, we feel that either both teams to score or over 2.5 goals are strong shouts for this match. You can get those bets for around 7/10 and 19/20 at 888sport.