Likely lineups, predictions, tactics, team news, and key stats
West Ham United and Leicester City will be looking forward to a two-game winning streak at the start of the season when they meet at the London Stadium on Monday.
Game Week 2 of the 2021/22 Premier League season will end with some Monday night action, with just one game remaining in that series of fixtures. This match will be played at the London Stadium, where West Ham United will host Leicester City.
West Ham United entered the season with a lot of optimism and frustration around them – the first because they are ready to play in Europe this season, the second because there has been virtually no investment. to improve the team. Nonetheless, the Hammers opened their campaign with a 4-2 win over Newcastle United last weekend.
Leicester City, on the other hand, enter 2021/22 eager to finally end their curse of finishing outside the top four by the smallest of margins. The Foxes remain one of the Premier League’s best sides and they proved their credentials for the season with a relentless 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend, with Jamie Vardy scoring the only goal of the game.
Last season’s corresponding game saw West Ham win 3-2 against Leicester, with the Foxes only managing two late goals from Kelechi Iheanacho. Ahead of the final meeting between the two sides, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the meeting.
Team news and tactics
West Ham United
David Moyes has no new roster issues hampering his preparations ahead of Leicester City visit. On Monday, the West Ham United manager will be deprived of the services of a single first-team player, Arthur Masuaku recovering from a knee injury.
The absence of Masuaku hardly hurts West Ham, due to the presence of Aaron Cresswell on the side. Cresswell will be the dangerous man on the left flank and set pieces, Vladimir Coufal being West Ham’s other full-back. In the heart of their defense, Craig Dawson and Angelo Ogbonna do not look behind them while Lukasz Fabianski shows up in goal.
Leading in midfield, Declan Rice will continue in a strong double pivot that will also have Tomas Soucek. It has been suggested recently that Rice is enraged by the price tag imposed on him, although he is unlikely to leave West Ham this summer, which means his partnership with Soucek will continue.
As for the offensive unit, Michail Antonio will continue to lead the line for West Ham against Leicester, with backing from Jarrod Bowen, Said Benrahma and Pablo Fornals, with Benrahma in particular proving to be a key player above. the field at the start of the season.
Probable composition (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals; Antoine
Unlike his West Ham United dugout counterpart, Brendan Rodgers faces many fitness-related issues ahead of the trip to the London Stadium. On Monday, the Leicester City boss will have to do without five players from the first team.
While James Justin (knee) and Wesley Fofana (calf) remain longtime absentees for Leicester, while Jonny Evans (ankle), Nampalys Mendy (groin) and Ryan Bertrand (coronavirus) are also on the sidelines.
In Bertrand’s absence, Timothy Castagne is likely to get the go-ahead from Luke Thomas to play left-back, with Ricardo Pereira an automatic choice down the right flank. At the heart of Leicester’s defense, Caglar Soyuncu is expected to team up with new boy Jannik Vestergaard, Daniel Amartey making way for him while Kasper Schmeichel will take his place between the sticks.
Leading in midfield, Wilfred Ndidi will be the man who will dictate the tempo of the match while seeking to control Saïd Benrahma. Ndidi will have his usual partner Youri Tielemans to accompany the double pivot, the Belgian playmaker pulling the strings of the midfielder.
Ahead of him, James Maddison will take advanced positions, seeking to put center forward Jamie Vardy in place with a barrage of chances. Finally, the big two are expected to be Ayoze Perez and Harvey Barnes, who recently signed a new long-term contract with Leicester.
Probable composition (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Pereira, Soyuncu, Castagne; Ndidi, Tielemans; Perez, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy
- West Ham United achieved a league brace against Leicester City last season; The Hammers are looking to record three consecutive Premier League wins over the Foxes for the first time since their first four wins in the competition against them between November 1994 and April 1997.
- Leicester have kept their clean sheet in just 11% of their Premier League games against West Ham (3/28), only keeping their clean sheet in a lower percentage of games against Manchester United (7%) among the teams they have faced at least. 15 times in the division.
- West Ham have lost their first home league game of the season in each of the past three campaigns, scoring once and conceding nine times in those matches.
- Leicester City have only won their Premier League opener in four of their previous 15 seasons in the division, with two of those victories over West Ham in 2000/01 and 2015/16.
- Michail Antonio could become West Ham’s all-time Premier League top scorer in this game, having equalized with Paolo Di Canio with his goal last time around (47). Antonio has scored in each of his last two starts against Leicester in the competition, scoring once in each.
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The likes of Jamie Vardy, Michail Antonio and Declan Rice bring the quality to the start in this game and will hold the key for their respective teams. However, we went with Said Benrahma here as he continues to grow after a rather difficult 2020/21 campaign with West Ham United.
The Algerian playmaker now becomes a key player in the Hammers’ final third, with Antonio making great use of his prospects to play effective balls quickly and at a pace. Will Benrahma deliver the goods again in the final third or can Leicester find a way to keep a lid on their production? Only time will tell.
West Ham United 1-1 Leicester City
It’s a game that doesn’t seem to have a lot of goals. Leicester City are expected to dominate the proceedings, although they may struggle to create chances at a constant pace if James Maddison is not quite at his best level of fitness.
In contrast, Leicester will form an extremely strong defensive unit, which will keep Michail Antonio out of play for big portions. However, in the end, the quality of Said Benrahma should shine for West Ham while for Leicester, Kelechi Iheanacho should be there. In the end, however, there probably won’t be much to separate them and The Hard Tackle is predicting a 1-1 draw here.