Electric Leicester face up-and-down Hammers to continue 100% start
Leicester to win 2-1
Leicester are reaping the rewards of laying down the foundations of a great team last season, where they narrowly missed out on the top four after spending most of the season in a Champions League place.
After defeat on the final day of the season to Manchester United knocked them out of the CL spots, many could have predicted them not to recover and start this season poorly.
Nothing could have been further from the truth, with three wins from three this season so far, including a fantastic win against Man City last weekend to sit joint-top of the league.
West Ham have tasted highs and lows so far, with only one of their games including fewer than three goals. They at least have a win under their belt, after their surprising 4-0 win over Wolves last weekend.
The result of this one will depend on which West Ham show up. Leicester will be confident either way, but on their day West Ham could have something to say about that.
Form Guide (all comps): WWLW
Reasons to be cheerful:
The league’s top scorers with 12 goals
Jamie Vardy’s form is as good as ever
Reasons to be fearful:
Wilfred Ndidi will be out for up to 12 weeks
West Ham showed firepower with four goals against Wolves
Leicester continue to surprise football fans all over the world with the results that they are getting and their lofty positions in the league table – but their quality should no longer come as a shock.
Winning the Premier League in 2015-16 propelled them to worldwide fame, but it has also given them the platform to build a stable top-six team around existing stars such as Jamie Vardy and Kaspar Schmeichel as well as younger players like Harvey Barnes.
Their win over Man City was a dominant one, and it will send an element of fear around the Premier League. Leicester were very good for most of last season, but they have improved further this year.
Vardy seems an ever better player than before, as shown by his terrific hattrick last weekend. With Johnny Evans returning after injury, they have their first-choice centre back pairing back up and running.
The top four is once again in their sights, and they will fancy their chances to continue their winning run against West Ham
Star Man – Jamie Vardy
How does he keep improving with age? Can he follow up his hattrick last weekend with more goals here?
Form Guide (all comps): WLWLL
Reasons to be cheerful
Have bounced back from first two defeats
Will have gained confidence after 4-0 Wolves victory
Reasons to be fearful
Continued controversy surrounding owners
Lack of consistency is worrying
If Leicester’s 5-2 thrashing of Man City was a surprise last week, West Ham battering Wolves 4-0 was equally as shocking.
Wolves are one of the toughest teams in the division and have made some quality signings, but had an off day to say the least.
Nevertheless, West Ham put in their best performance of the season and manager David Moyes will have been pleased what he had seen from his TV screen at home – he is still isolating after contracting Covid-19.
He will have been most impressed with Jarrod Bowen scoring his second and third goals since joining the club in January – fans have been unimpressed with a lack of signings this summer so this will feel like a boost from a relatively new player.
The problem is that The Hammers have been so inconsistent – scoring four against Wolves, conceding four against Everton, scoring five against Hull (both latter two coming in the league cup).
This will give Moyes a problem as he will be unsure which side will show up from week to week.
Star Man – Jarrod Bowen
Was terrific against Wolves and scored two goals in a boost to his side
Leicester will be favourites to continue their 100% start
Jamie Vardy will be hungry for more goals
West Ham need to play positively
The outcome of this game is likely to depend on which West Ham side show up.
Will it be the one who thrashed Wolves 4-0 last weekend, who were positive and took their chances? Or will it be the lacklustre negative side who lost their first two games of the season?
They will find it tough against Leicester, who are playing such good football at the moment. West Ham will have to sit deep to make sure there isn’t too much space for Vardy in behind. But if they sit too deep they will struggle to get out and create chances.
Both sides have the players to score goals, but Leicester are the favourites here.
Leicester to win 2-1