West Ham United vs Leicester City Preview
Following respective victories on the opening day of the 2021-22 Premier League season, Champions League hopefuls West Ham United and Leicester City prepare for battle at London Stadium on Monday night.
David Moyes’ men achieved a thrilling 4-2 win over Newcastle United in the opening weekend, while the Foxes edged Wolverhampton Wanderers by a goal to nil.
Old West Ham nemesis Callum Wilson took just five minutes of the new season to attack the Hammers after Allan Saint-Maximin’s deception proved too difficult for Moyes’s team, and while the unorthodox goal of Aaron Cresswell tied the proceedings, Newcastle entered the break with a 2-1 lead thanks to Jacob Murphy’s own header.
However, in a Michail Antonio-inspired second half, West Ham struck back three times with no response, as the Hammers’ only recognized striker set up Said Benrahma’s draw and accelerated his team’s fourth of the day on both sides. to miss a penalty, where Tomas Soucek As expected, was available to take advantage of the rebound.
The Hammers may not have been able to sustain a charge for Champions League football last season, but they have already made their way into the top four and will aim to stay above that dotted line for the next 37 weeks of play. , as challenging as it may be.
West Ham produced the merchandise at London Stadium last season and was only behind Manchester City in form at home, but suffered two losses without scoring in their last three home games before defeating Southampton 3-0 at the last weekend.
The long-awaited return of the bubbling crowd should see West Ham further enhance its capital fortune, and the gates to London’s stadium have opened at just the right time as Moyes’s side have suffered three straight defeats in their first home game of the season.
With two promising players in Patson Daka and Kelechi Iheanacho waiting for the torch to pass to them, 34-year-old Jamie Vardy continues to prove his worth against Leicester and scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 success against Wolves at the end of last week.
After Ricardo Pereira managed to fight his way between two Lobos defenders, Vardy ran to the near post and deftly threw the ball at José Sa with the outside of his left boot before a signature wolf-shaped clearance celebration. howl.
Leicester’s victory over the King Power faithful came a week after they lifted the Community Shield by sinking Manchester City, albeit weakened, during another memorable outing on Wembley turf, but the big question on the lips of fans. of the Foxes is whether their team can finally return to the promised land of the Champions League.
Two collapses at the end of the season put those hopes to rest in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons, but as always, Leicester has brought in a crafty assortment of signings as they prepare for their first away game of the new season. although only one of his last four on the road last season ended in victory.
That streak included a 3-2 loss at London Stadium on April 11, although Brendan Rodgers’ team threatened a comeback after going 3-0 down on the day, and that result completed a double for the Hammers after their surprise 3-0 victory. at the King Power during the fall.