West Ham vs Leicester LIVE: Premier League team news, line-ups and more tonight

West Ham United host Leicester City in the first Monday night fixture of the 2021/22 Premier League season.

Both sides got off to a great start with a win on the opening weekend, with the Hammers putting four past Newcastle on the road and the Foxes edging past Wolves by a single Jamie Vardy strike. These two clubs will both be in European action this season, having both qualified for the Europa League, which will make life more tricky after the forthcoming international break – meaning tonight’s result takes on a little more significance than usual, this early in the campaign.

Leicester were recently boosted by Harvey Barnes extending his contract, while West Ham will be hoping Michail Antonio can find the back of the net and break a club record in the process this evening. Either team taking the points tonight will become one of five at the top of the table on two wins from two at the start of the season – back in April, this fixture ended in a 3-2 victory for the Hammers.

Follow live updates of West Ham vs Leicester City below including team news and all the match action:


Monday night joy

This is West Ham’s 84th Premier League game on a Monday, five more than any other club. They have won their last four league matches on Monday and won five in total last season.

Since David Moyes returned for his second spell in charge of West Ham they have scored 94 goals in 58 Premier League fixtures – only Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea have scored more in that period.

Pre-match thoughts of David Moyes

West Ham boss, David Moyes, spoke to Sky Sports before kick off and touched on the return of fans to the London Stadium and the importance of beating Leicester twice last season. He said:

“Well we’re looking forward to having them [the fans] back. I hope we can give them the same performances that we showed when there was no crowd here. It’s great to see everybody back.

“I think we’ve performed really well. The last calendar year we’ve been very good and we had a good result on Saturday. I hoping we’re getting a bit of consistency and stability here.

“Last week we played Newcastle who beat us twice last year and we beat them so I don’t think you can take what’s gone before, you have to take it as a new game.”

Away days

Leicester’s total of 38 Premier League away points last season was bettered only by Manchester City (45) and Manchester United (43).

But the Foxes have only won their opening away match in four of their 15 Premier League seasons, including victories against West Ham in 2000-01 and 2015-16.

Slow starts from West Ham

West Ham are aiming to win their opening two fixtures of a Premier League campaign for only the second time, having done so in the 1997-98 season.

The Hammers have lost their opening top-flight home fixture in each of the last three seasons, scoring once and conceding nine times in these matches.

David Moyes backs Michail Antonio to break West Ham goalscoring record

David Moyes has tipped the “unique” Michail Antonio to smash West Ham’s Premier League goalscoring record.

Antonio moved level with former Hammers favourite Paolo Di Canio on 47 goals with his strike in last weekend’s 4-2 win at Newcastle.

Boss Moyes is hoping the powerhouse winger-turned-striker can go out in front on his own by finding the net against Leicester on Monday night.

David Moyes backs Michail Antonio to break West Ham goalscoring record

Antonio is currently level with former Hammers favourite Paolo Di Canio on 47 Premier League goals.

West Ham vs Leicester: Head-to-head

West Ham were the only team to do the Premier League double over Leicester last season. Those victories were the Hammers’ sole league wins in matches against sides who finished above them in the table.

The Hammers are looking to record three consecutive league wins over the Foxes for the first time since they won their first four Premier League games against them between November 1994 and April 1997.

Leicester have kept a clean sheet in just three of their 28 Premier League games against West Ham.

Team news – West Ham vs Leicester

Both teams are unchanged from their opening fixture. James Maddison starts and Timothy Castagne gets a spot on the bench for Leicester.

West Ham XI: Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals; Antonio

Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Ricardo, Amartey, Soyuncu, Thomas; Ndidi, Tielemans, Perez; Maddison, Vardy, Barnes

West Ham vs Leicester prediction

West Ham were involved in some high scoring contests last season and look to continue that trend if their opening match is anything to go by. They scored six goals against Leicester last season but Brendan Rodgers has been looking to shore up the Foxes’ defence with new signings. Here’s how we see tonight’s clash playing out:

Predicting how West Ham vs Leicester will play out tonight

Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League match tonight

Recent results: West Ham vs Leicester

This should be a cracking Monday night game. West Ham won both fixtures last season putting three goals past Kasper Schmeichel in both games. However, the 2019/20 season saw Leicester triumph in both meetings so it’s really anyone’s game tonight.

Last weekend West Ham opened their campaign with a fine comeback victory over Newcastle. The Magpies scored early through Callum Wilson but Aaron Cresswell equalised before 20 minutes had gone. A cool finish from Jacob Murphy sent Newcastle back in front before half-time before second half goals from Said Benrahma, Tomas Soucek and Michail Antonio saw the Hammers leave St. James’ Park as 4-2 winners.

It was a far more timid affair in Leicester’s opening fixture. They fought a close contest with Wolves and had Jamie Vardy’s first half goal to thank for giving them all three points.

Early team news

West Ham have no new injury concerns although David Moyes remains without Arthur Masuaku who is still nursing a knee problem.

Leicester’s Ryan Bertrand tested positive for Coronavirus and misses the game, but Timothy Castagne is fit to play after recovering from an eye socket injury.

James Maddison has also overcome a back problem and is in contention, but Jonny Evans remains out.

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