Leicester City - West Ham United Preview: Bilic after a positive response from his players

The Hammers will be looking to put their midweek FA Cup exit behind them as travel to the Premier League leaders Leicester.

Leicester City - West Ham United Preview: Bilic after a positive response from his players
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Slaven Bilic's West Ham United side will be looking to bounce back from their dissappointing defeat at home to Manchester United in the week as they travel to league leaders Leicester City.

The Londoners find themselves in sixth place going into the game, still with an outside chance of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League, although they were knocked out of the FA Cup on Wednesday.

The Hammers have been tremendous on the road this season, losing just four of their last sixteen games away from home (W6, D6, L4). Despite winning just one in their last five (D2, L2), the away side are still currently in a Europa League spot with just six games remaining of the current season.

Leicester City on the other hand have been in fine form. The Foxes are flying in the league, currently seven points clear at the top, and just three league wins away from being crowned Premier League champions for the first time.

Jamie Vardy scored a brace in last weeks 2-0 win away to Sunderland, a game which say the title chasers keep a club record fifth clean sheet in a row. 

Between the two sides there are four players shortlisted for the PFA Player of the Year award (Leicester: Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, N'Golo Kante. West Ham: Dimitri Payet), such are their respective successes this term.

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The two teams have met twice this season, last in the League Cup in September. (Picture: Getty Images)
The two teams have met twice this season, last in the League Cup in September. (Picture: Getty Images)

West Ham find themselves with no fresh injury concerns ahead of this clash.

Diafra Sakho is set to miss out for a third consecutive game with a knee injury, but defenders Winston Reid and Sam Byram are available for selection. Byram has been absent since February and was cup tied for Wednesday's FA Cup clash, whilst Reid had only a minor problem.

Claudio Ranieri has a fully fit squad to choose from for the tie. In eleven of their last thirteen games he has elected to start the same XI and could do so again here. 

Match stats

  • The two sides have met 125 times previously. West Ham have a slightly better record, coming out on top 51 times, whilst Leicester have 45 wins.  
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  • The last three competitive meetings between the sides have resulted in 2-1 victories for Leicester, with the two having met twice this season - once in the league in August and again in the League Cup in September. 
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  • Leicester have kept seven clean sheets in their last eight home games.
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  • Eleven of Leicester's fourteen clean sheets have come in their last fifteen matches.
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  • West Ham's last away clean sheet came on December 20th at Swansea City.
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  • Dimitri Payet has been involved in seven goals in his last seven games (four assists, three goals).