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Win today and we’ll be in the top four at Christmas – how does that sound?

Last Christmas we were just a point above the bottom three after winning just three of our opening 17 games. It’s amazing how far you can go in 12 months.

Today we welcome a Leicester City side who are rock bottom of the Premier League and without a win in 11 games. Most will be expecting us to go out there and wipe the floor with them, but we’re West Ham and how often do we actually put four or five past a side without reply?

There’s no doubting we’ve got the ability and momentum to make it happen, we also thought that when Aston Villa came to town and that ended goalless.

That said, I can’t see anything other than all three points today. Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho linked up so well in the win over Swansea and if they can do that again today, Leicester will struggled to contain them.

We just need be proffessional about the way go about things today and we’ll end the day with all three points and a top four spot at Christmas.

If I’m honest, that’s all I care about. Three points and the best Christmas present ever.

Team News

West Ham United (4th, 28 points)

Mark Noble is West Ham’s only injury problem, as he continues to be sidelined with an achilles injury.

Other than that, Sam Allardyce has full squad to pick from.

Leicester City (20th, 10 points)

David Nugent could return to the starting line-up after missing last week’s defeat to Man City.

Ritchie de Laet may also return after illness, but stopper Kasper Schmeichel and former West Ham captain Matthew Upson remain sidelined.

Possible starting XI

Last 10 Meetings

DateCompetitionVenueResult
23 Apr 2012ChampionshipKing Power StadiumW 2-1
29 Oct 2011ChampionshipBoleyn GroundW 3-2
18 Mar 2005ChampionshipBoleyn GroundD 2-2
7 Aug 2004ChampionshipKing Power StadiumD 0-0
12 Jan 2002Premier LeagueBoleyn GroundW 1-0
22 Dec 2001Premier LeagueFilbert StreetD 1-1
23 Dec 2000Premier LeagueFilbert StreetL 2-1
23 Aug 2000Premier LeagueBoleyn GroundL 1-0
22 Jan 2000Premier LeagueFilbert StreetW 3-1
21 Aug 1999Premier LeagueBoleyn GroundW 2-1

Match in Numbers

15 – West Ham have won 15 of their last 17 meetings with Leicester at Upton Park.

6 – And they are unbeaten in their last six league matches against the Foxes, home and away.

1 – West Ham have lost just one their last ten Premier League outings.

11 – While Leicester are without a win in 11 Premier League games.

5 – Stewart Downing has been involved five goals in his last six Premier League appearances (two goals, three assists)

4 – The Hammers are unbeaten in four matches

4 – A win today will guarantee West Ham a spot in the top four at Christmas.

20 – While Leicester will be bottom at Christmas if they fail to win today.

Fan Predictions

Head-to-Head (all competitions)

 

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