COMMENT By Matt Farr
West Ham and Leicester go head-to-head at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the next of ten remaining fixtures in the Premier League calendar.
A win for West Ham will bring to an end their four-match winless run in the Premier League, and could lift them back into the top ten.
Victory for Leicester, however, will increase the current pressure on manager Slaven Bilic and leave West Ham in a lowly 14th, within just nine points of the bottom three.
Here, Football Insider reveals three things we can expect from West Ham when they take on the Foxes.
Defensive problems on the right side
Leicester have been re-invigorated since the sacking of Claudio Ranieri as manager, and new Foxes chief Craig Shakespeare has helped rediscover the club’s attacking prowess from last season.
West Ham, meanwhile, continue to struggle in the defensive department, which makes for a troubling afternoon for the Hammers back four.
Cheikhou Kouyate could be in for a rough afternoon if made to continue in an unfamiliar right-back role, with both Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton showing signs of last season’s form.
Bilic to make a statement
He has no other choice. A bad result against Leicester could have catastrophic consequences on his future at the club, with the hierarchy growing increasingly frustrated at their recent form.
Whether it be a major selection call, a half-time team talk or a tactical reshuffle, something needs to happen at West Ham to end their recent slump, and Bilic is the one who has to make that impact.
Hopefully, the statement he makes for West Ham at the weekend will be a positive one.
Darren Randolph to make a crucial save
It sounds rather obvious to say that West Ham’s goalkeeper will make a save in the match, but we are talking one of the utmost importance.
Randolph has been one of West Ham’s better performers this season, and has at times tried almost singlehandedly to keep his side from faltering even further.
The 29-year-old has made a host of key saves over the course of the campaign, and you can expect him to come up with the goods again to deny Leicester.
It could be a save from the penalty spot. It could be a save to keep West Ham in the tie, or even one to earn them all three points.
His role against Leicester will be crucial.
In other West Ham team news, Angelo Ogbonna has delivered a positive update on his recovery from injury.