After last week’s surprise victory over Arsenal there’s already more pressure on the team to follow it up with a win over Leicester.
Over the years it’s been a typical thing for our club to do – beat one of the top four in convincing style and then lose against a mid-table side, or one struggling at the bottom of the table.
It would be unfair to label Leicester as anything other than impressive at the moment, though. They brushed aside Sunderland in a 4-2 home victory last weekend and had a number of players who put in eye catching performances.
So today’s home meeting with the Foxes looks like it could be a lot more difficult than it perhaps looked when the fixture list was released two months ago.
Still, Slaven Bilic has made a solid start to life at the club and it’s obvious the players are on the same page as him. The way we set up and executed our style against Arsenal is proof of that, and the early signs suggest we’re going to be very, very hard to beat this season.
Leicester’s defence is relatively suspect and if we can balls in to the box on a regular basis then it’s hard to imagine anything other than another three points.
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1. After ending last season with three consecutive losses, West Ham picked up a brilliant win against Arsenal last weekend.
2. In their last 20 home games against teams positioned in the top half of the table, West Ham have won six, drawn two and lost 12 of these matches.
3. West Ham have a great home record against Leicester in the league, winning nine, drawing one and losing one of these 11 meetings.
4. West Ham have scored in 85% of their last 20 home games.
5. The Hammers also lead the wins overall in this league fixture, winning 14 times with four draws and four Leicester wins with one of these coming in their last meeting in April.
6. Four of the last five of these fixtures have seen at least three goals scored and both teams finding the net.
7. In their last 20 home matches, West Ham have scored 1.4 goals per game and conceded 0.9 goals per game on average.
8. In their last 20 home games, 11 of the 27 goals scored by West Ham have come from forwards, 11 from midfielders and three from defenders.
9. West Ham haven’t been so fruitful in front of goal in recent Premier League games with seven of their last eight matches seeing under three goals scored.
10. In their last 20 home games, 67% of the 27 goals scored by West Ham have come in open play, whilst 26% have come from set-pieces.
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