West Ham will welcome a full crowd back to the London Stadium tonight when they host Leicester in the Premier League this evening, following a campaign which saw David Moyes’ side challenge for the top four places and narrowly miss out on Champions League qualification.
The Hammers finished last season with their biggest points total in the Premier League, with most of their matches played behind closed doors due to Covid-19. West Ham finished sixth, a point and a place behind Leicester, with both sides competing for the top four for much of the season.
West Ham opened their Premier League campaign with a 4-2 win at Newcastle, with Michail Antonio and Said Benrahma among the scorers as they came from behind to win. Jamie Vardy scored the only goal of the game for Leicester as Brendan Rodgers’ side defeated Wolves 1-0.
Both Leicester and West Ham will be playing in the Europa League this season and will be looking to relaunch their bids to compete for the European places in the Premier League.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match tonight.
When is it?
The match kicks off at 8pm GMT on Monday 23 August.
How can I watch it?
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with coverage starting at 7pm. If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.
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West Ham only have one injury concern with Arthur Masuaku still working his way back from a knee injury so David Moyes’ side could be unchanged for tonight’s match. Lukas Fabianski kept his place in goal for the Hammers’ first match of the season last weekend despite the arrival of Alphonse Areola – so the West Ham boss could decide to make a change there and hand the Frenchman his debut.
Timothy Castagne is available for Leicester after recovering from an eye injury sustained while playing for Belgium at the Euros, Brendan Rodgers has confirmed. James Maddison is fit to play despite concerns over a back injury, while new signing Jannik Vestergaard could make his first start for the club following his substitute appearance last weekend.
Ryan Bertrand remains out for the visitors after contracting Covid-19, while Wesley Fofana, Jonny Evans and James Justin are all long-term absentees.
West Ham: Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals, Antonio
Leicester: Schmeichel; Pereira, Vestergaard, Soyuncu, Castagne; Ndidi, Tielemans; Perez, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy
West Ham: 13/8
West Ham were involved in plenty of high-scoring games last season, and that trend continued in their opening match at Newcastle. The Hammers have found their flow under Moyes as a counter attacking side and could look to hit Leicester on the break. Brendan Rodgers’ side usually have a good defensive record but conceded six goals against West Ham last season. Newcastle showed last weekend that there are gaps in West Ham’s defence to exploit, however, and Jamie Vardy is sure to have a chance or two, in what could be another high-scoring and entertaining encounter. West Ham 2-2 Leicester
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