Date: 22nd November 2017 at 6:58pm
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Leicester City boss Claude Puel insists his side will not underestimate West Ham United ahead of Friday night’s Premier League clash at the London Stadium.

The Hammers are third-from-bottom in the Premier League table after Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Watford and are without a win in their last five league matches.

Friday’s Premier League showdown is David Moyes’ first home game in charge of the club, after he replaced Slaven Bilic last month.

The game is also Puel’s fourth game as Leicester manager. The Frenchman took over the club at the end of October signing a new three-year contract at the King Power Stadium.

His first game and only victory so far as manager came against Everton, who are also looking for a new boss.  The former Southampton manager admitted he is expecting another tough game against Moyes’ side.

“West Ham fans want a reaction. We know this team are at home with a new manager and we want to show good qualities,” said Puel, as quoted by BT Sport.

“We know it will be a difficult game. They have changed their manager like Everton did when we played them.

“When a new manager arrives, it is always positive for the players to show their qualities and to try and win their place.”

The Hammers have lost five of their last six matches against the Foxes in all competitions and Puel is hoping for another strong performance from his players on Friday.

The manager also confirmed that he has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the contest.

The last Premier League meeting between the two sides at the London Stadium ended in a 3-2 victory for Leicester, with Riyad Mahrez, Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy on target for the Foxes. Manuel Lanzini and Andre Ayew found the net for the Hammers.

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