Preview: West Ham - Leicester City - Hammers looking to make it two out of two by seeing off Foxes
Cheikhou Kouyate celebrates with West Ham's youngest ever PL player, Reece Oxford - photo: AFB

West Ham United host Leicester City at The Boleyn for their first Home game of the 2015/16 season, a season, with both sides coming into this off the back of thoroughly impressive opening weekends, it should be a cracker.  

Home is where the heart is

Despite the win over London rivals Arsenal last Sunday - West Ham will be hoping they can replicate such performances at Home this season. The Boleyn will be sold out more often than not this season as the club are in their final season at their charismatic ground, before the move to the Olympic Stadium from next season.  

Home form will play a massive part in where the club can finish. Whilst a top 10 finish is all that the club are saying in the media, you have to feel that they'd be hoping for marginally better to send the ground off on a good note.  

Winging it

Leicester City were highly efficient, and, clinical on the wings in their opener against Sunderland. Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton on either side were lively with both men scoring goals too, so, this will undoubtedly be an area that has been targeted by the Home side.  

It will be intriguing to see if Slaven Bilic also tinkers with his formation somewhat as against Arsenal he allowed them space out wide, but kept it compact in the middle with a narrow three in midfield, this formation however, could well play into Leicester's hands if they keep the ball for long enough periods and get on top of the Hammers.  

It is likely that West Ham will play the same narrow 4-3-1-2 that saw them victorious at The Emirates last weekend, if they execute it as well as they did in that game, then they may not have much to worry about in regards to Leicester's wing-play.  

Really though, West Ham will have to hope they come out firing and that players like Dimitri Payet, Cheikhou Kouyate and Mauro Zarate can get on the ball and create early chances for themselves or for Diafra Sakho.

Sky high confidence

Both Leicester and West Ham will come into this off of brilliant wins, a 4-2 win over Sunderland and a 0-2 in over Arsenal respectively.  

Mahrez completely ran the show against Sunderland, and, they just couldn't get close to Leicester in many respects to their game. This, if anything, is testament to the change that Claudio Ranieri has brought to the club. West Ham's fullbacks and defence in general will have to be very wary of the players they'll be up against. Leicester's defence though will have to be wary of one man in particular for the home side; Dimitri Payet.  

To say that Payet was instrumental in the Arsenal win is perhaps an understatement, that's just how good he was on the day. It seems as though the Frenchman doesn’t necessarily have any weaknesses to his game, and coming into the league as the man with the most assists in Europe last year he has already proven why, and, grabbed himself a fine assist on his debut for Cheikhou Kouyate's opener against Arsenal.  

Team News 

Most notably for West Ham they will have the services of Carl Jenkinson at right-back, after he was ineligible to face his parent club on the opening weekend. Another player returning to the squad for selection is Pedro Obiang, who may well give Bilic somewhat of a selection headache as to who plays in midfield - as his inclusion could well see young Reece Oxford make way for the Spaniard.

Joey O'Brien is also expected to have recovered from a slight muscle strain so should be involved with the squad, though it's unlikely he'll find himself in the XI. 

West Ham remain without long term absentees Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia, although the former has recently started training with the U21's in a bid to make his comeback within the next month to bolster West Ham's attacking options.                                       

Leicester City meanwhile are likely to have a fully fit squad apart from Matthew James, and, could even hand a debut to recent signing N'Golo Kante who has trained with the squad for the last week. It will be interesting to see if the energetic Jamie Vardy will keep his place, or, if Ranieri will tinker with his formation and personnel.  

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