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West Ham United vs. Leicester City Preview and Predictions 10-27-2018

Wins have been hard to come by of late in the Premier League for both Leicester City and West Ham United.

Each side will try to avoid a third consecutive defeat when they meet Saturday at King Power Stadium.

Leicester (4-0-5) and West Ham (2-1-6) each find themselves in the bottom half of the Premier League table entering the matchday, though the Foxes are 11th and five points and three places better than the Hammers.

Leicester closed September with back-to-back league wins over drop-zone dwellers Huddersfield Town and Newcastle, but have been outscored 5-2 while losing to Everton and on Monday at Arsenal. The Foxes were left massively frustrated following the 3-1 loss to the Gunners, in which they led 1-0 in the first half following Hector Bellerin's goal in the 31st minute before Arsenal broke out in the second 45 and change.

"We had a lot of chances," manager Claude Puel told Leicester's official website. "We did not score enough in the first half. We needed to make the difference in the moment."

Star striker Jamie Vardy battled an illness versus Arsenal and was taken off late in the contest. It's uncertain if he will be fit to face West Ham. Vardy is tied for the team lead with three Premier League goals, with the two most recent each coming in Leicester's last two victories.

The Hammers, meanwhile, opened the campaign with four straight defeats before stringing together a 2-1-0 stretch to end September. However, October has brought with it a pair of 1-0 losses to Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur.

"We feel good about the way we're playing," defender Aaron Cresswell told West Ham's official website. "But the result is the most important thing."

At West Ham, it's a case of hard work not paying off at the moment. Which means their players must work even harder to start stringing together victories within the top-flight, and not make excuses.

"The West Ham fans are as honest as the day is long, there is such a tradition here among them and the first thing they want to see, because they pay a lot of money, is to see the team working hard," veteran midfielder Robert Snodgrass said. "They want to see players giving every ounce for that badge."

Forward Marko Arnautovic continues to give that effort, but has been stuck on four top-flight goals since Sept. 29.

The Hammers also received some disappointing news earlier this week when the club announced fellow forward Andriy Yarmolenko, who has scored twice in the league, will miss approximately six months after undergoing surgery on his Achilles, which he injured against Spurs last weekend.

"His recovery will be planned very carefully and we have every confidence that he will return to full fitness within the scheduled timeframe," said Richard Collinge, the head of medical services for West Ham.

After the teams played to a 1-1 draw at West Ham in last season's first meeting, the Hammers won the reverse fixture 2-0 at King Power thanks to goals on each side of half-time.

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