West Ham expected 4-2-3-1 to face Leicester: Attacker axed
By Matt Farr
Slaven Bilic is expected to make just one change to his West Ham side for their upcoming Premier League clash with Leicester on Saturday.
Andre Ayew is expected to return to the starting eleven in place of fellow wide attacker Sofiane Feghouli, following a series of impressive cameo displays from the Ghana international.
But despite a miserable showing during the 3-2 defeat to Bournemouth last weekend, Bilic is not expected to make any further changes to his West Ham line up.
Darren Randolph has been one of West Ham’s best performers this season, and is expected to continue behind an unchanged back-four from the Bournemouth defeat.
That means Cheikhou Kouyate is set to remain at right-back, despite his struggles to perform in the unfamiliar role over the last five matches.
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Bilic is yet to be convinced by Sam Byram, which is why Kouyate has recently been given the nod over the English right back.
Jose Fonte is also expected to retain his place alongside Winston Reid in the centre of defence, despite his poor form.
Under-fire skipper Mark Noble is another pressing selection concern for the West Ham chief, but he is likely to keep faith in the 29-year-old midfielder to turn his form around.
He will continue to partner Pedro Obiang in the midfield, with creative unit Ayew, Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio operating in an attacking-midfield three.
Andy Carroll once again leads the attack for West Ham with few goalscoring alternatives left up Bilic’s sleeve.
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.
Failure to win, however, will increase the pressure on Bilic and leave West Ham in a lowly 14th with nine games remaining.
In other West Ham team news, Angelo Ogbonna has delivered a positive update on his recovery from injury.