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West Ham and Leicester Preview: How to watch EPL to night

The corresponding fixture last season saw West Ham eke out a narrow 3-2 win over Leicester, West Ham and Leicester Preview with the Foxes only managing two late goals from Kelechi Iheanacho. Ahead of the latest meeting between the two sides, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the encounter. West Ham and Leicester Preview: How to watch EPL to night

David Moyes does not have any fresh roster issue hampering his preparations ahead of the visit of Leicester City. On Monday, the West Ham United manager will be bereft of the services of just one first-team player, with Arthur Masuaku recovering from a knee injury.

The absence of Masuaku hardly hurts West Ham, owing to the presence of Aaron Cresswell in the side. Cresswell will be the danger man from the left flank and set-pieces, with Vladimir Coufal being the other full-back for West Ham. At the heart of their defence, there is no looking past Craig Dawson and Angelo Ogbonna while Lukasz Fabianski picks himself in goal.

Up ahead in midfield, Declan Rice will continue as part of a solid double pivot that will also have Tomas Soucek. There have been suggestions recently that Rice is exasperated by the price tag that has been placed on him, although he is unlikely to leave West Ham this summer, meaning his partnership with Soucek will continue.

Gameweek 2 of the 2021/22 Premier League season will come to an end with some Monday night action, with just one game remaining in this round of fixtures. This game will be played at the London Stadium, where West Ham United will play hosts to Leicester City.

Unlike his counterpart in the West Ham United dugout, Brendan Rodgers has a host of fitness-related issues to deal with ahead of the trip to the London Stadium. On Monday, the Leicester City boss will have to make do without as many as five first-team players.

While James Justin (knee) and Wesley Fofana (calf) remain long-term absentees for Leicester while the likes of Jonny Evans (ankle), Nampalys Mendy (groin) and Ryan Bertrand (coronavirus) all on the sidelines as well.

In the absence of Bertrand, Timothy Castagne is likely to get the nod over Luke Thomas to play at left-back, with Ricardo Pereira an automatic pick on the right flank. At the heart of the Leicester defence, Caglar Soyuncu ought to pair up with new boy Jannik Vestergaard, with Daniel Amartey making way for him while Kasper Schmeichel will take his place between the sticks.

West Ham United completed a league double over Leicester City last season; the Hammers are looking to record three consecutive Premier League wins over the Foxes for the first time since winning their first four in the competition against them between November 1994 and April 1997.

Leicester have kept a clean sheet in just 11% of their Premier League games against West Ham (3/28), only keeping a clean sheet in a lower percentage of games against Manchester United (7%) among teams they’ve faced at least 15 times in the division.

Up ahead in midfield, Wilfred Ndidi will be the man dictating the tempo of the game while looking to keep a check on Said Benrahma. Ndidi will have usual partner Youri Tielemans for company in the double pivot, with the Belgian playmaker pulling the strings from midfield.

In front of him, James Maddison will take up advanced positions, looking to set central striker Jamie Vardy up with a barrage of chances. Finally, the two wide men ought to be Ayoze Perez and Harvey Barnes, who has recently penned a brand new long-term deal with Leicester.

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