West Ham v Leicester Premier League Preview 24/11/2017
Another weekend of Premier League action gets under way on Friday when West Ham face Leicester City.
These are turbulent times for both clubs with new management in place. The Hammers sacked Slaven Bilic and replaced him with former Everton and Manchester United coach David Moyes. The appointment surprised many, especially given the supporters desires for entertaining football in the West Ham tradition.
Moyes gained a reputation for getting the most out of limited resources at Everton, although he failed to lift any silverware. He was never able to fit into Ferguson’s shoes at Old Trafford and his disastrous spell at Sunderland offers little hope for Hammers’ fans.
A 4-1 thumping by Liverpool was a step too far for Bilic. Moyes took over the short trip to Watford but they slumped to a 2-0 defeat. They are currently in the relegation zone with just nine points and only two victories this season. There were chances for West Ham against the Hornets but neither Cheikhou Kouyate nor Marko Arnautovic could take them. Manuel Lanzini also went close while they could be boosted by the return of Michail Antonio and Andre Ayew. Andy Carroll’s temperament has been getting the better of him this season and he will provide a thorough examination of Moyes and his management skills.
The Foxes also pulled a rabbit of the hat by appointing Claude Puel to replace Craig Shakespeare. The former Southampton boss also has a task on his hands with Leicester’s players still living in the past. Their shock title win in 2015-16 has set a benchmark that they are failing to live up to.
Realistically, a top ten finish is Leicester’s target this season. They were not disgraced when beaten 2-0 at home by runaway leaders Manchester City last weekend. Things could have worked out a lot better for Leicester had a couple of decisions gone their way.
Puel does seem to recognise the value of having the speed of Riyad Mahrez and Demarai Gray at his disposal. With Jamie Vardy showing occasional glimpses of his old form, Leicester could become a useful counter-attacking side once again. The City defeat was their first in six matches and they have not lost in their last four on the road. With the Hammers currently lacking in confidence, Puel will be planning another smash and grab raid at the London Stadium.
Premier League Betting Tips 24/11/2017
Leicester to beat West Ham @2.70 Betfair