Leicester City v West Ham United – King Power Stadium – Premier League – Wednesday 7:30pm
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BRIAN DEAR reflected upon another missed opportunity for West Ham United to glean three Premier League points and insisted that the creative and attacking players in David Moyes’ squad are not doing enough as the east Londoners continued to flirt with the relegation places.
The Hammers followed a defeat at Sheffield United with a frustrating 1-1 draw with Everton at the London Stadium. Defensively, West Ham have looked a little more sturdy, but with clearcut opportunities coming at a premium during those encounters, Dear is fearful that his former club could struggle to pull away from the bottom end of the table.
“We are not creating much and when we do, the forward players don’t seem to be finding themselves in the right place at the right time to finish them off.
“Pablo Fornals and Sebastien Haller are more than capable, but they seem to be lacking a bit of strikers instinct at the moment. Whether that is a result of the previous regime and the subsequent struggles the team endured or a dip in self-confidence, only they know. Admittedly, the likes of Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson, when fit, need to step up and provide more – the forwards need to work a bit harder to create some openings of their own.
“Football can change very quickly. Only a couple of weeks ago we put four past Bournemouth and everything looked rosy. But we needed to push on. Admittedly, Sheffield and Everton are difficult sides to break down, but we haven’t put either of them under enough pressure.”
And Dear was fully aware that the Hammers now faced a series of difficult fixtures, starting at Leicester City on Wednesday evening.
“Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester City – we face all of them over the next few weeks. It’s hard to see us taking anything from these games, which obviously, highlights further the importance of matches against other sides in the bottom half of the league.
“Leicester have been a little inconsistent of late, but beat us before Christmas with a much-changed team. I would imagine they will be full-strength this time, although Burnley proved at the weekend that they are vulnerable.
“We have looked more solid since the new manager came in, but is important that the rest of the team do their bit to take the pressure off the backline.
“As I said, we have a tough run of matches just over the horizon. I’m deeply concerned where we might find ourselves once they have passed.”
Leicester City v West Ham United – Head to head:
Leicester City won: 48
West Ham United won: 52
Leicester City v West Ham United – Last five meetings (all competitions):
November 24, 2017 – Premier League
West Ham United 1-1 Leicester City
May 5, 2018 – Premier League
Leicester City 0-2 West Ham United
October 27, 2018 – Premier League
Leicester City 1-1 West Ham United
April 20, 2019 – Premier League
West Ham United 2-2 Leicester City
December 28, 2019 – Premier League
West Ham United 1-2 Leicester City
Brian Dear’s prediction: Leicester City 3-1 West Ham United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Leicester City 2-1 West Ham United