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West Ham United v Leicester City – Premier League – London Stadium – Sunday 2:05pm – Preview
Brian Dear was thrilled to bit by West Ham United’s exciting victory over Wolves at Molineux but confessed his nerves were stretch as teh East Londoners threatened to throw away a three-goal lead for the second Premier League encounter in a row.
The victory moved West Ham into fourth place – their quest for European football remaining insight as the season reaches its final hurdle: “We played some superb stuff during the first 35 minutes, just like we did against Arsenal,” Dear told Yellow Sport. “I just wish we didn’t run out of steam and end up hanging on for dear life.
“But we are in the top four at this stage of the season. It’s a different kind of pressure to the relegation battles of recent seasons. A more exciting type of pressure with less anxiety. These boys have a chance to achieve something we’ve not yet done in the Premier League era. That should be enough to motivate the players during the run-in.
“Obviously, missing Declan Rice is a blow and that won’t be helped if Michail Antonio is out for any length of time as well. But we have some talent in the squad right now and they are buying into the managers’ plan. Can we reach the top four? Anything is possible, although we all know how difficult that will be.”
The Hammers now host a Leicester City side one place above them in the table and looking set to book a Champions League place themselves following an otherwise solid season: “There isn’t much between us,” Dera added.
“I think Leicester are a good example for us to follow. They are regarded as one of the top teams in the country these days, with so many good players.
“But we have developed ourselves. I know we are not the finished article, but there is now a bit more belief that this team can establish itself in the top half of the Premier League.
“Leicester have proved over the past five years what is possible. We must be brave, bold and try to follow a similar path.”
Brian Dear’s prediction: West Ham United 1-1 Leicester City
Jeevesie’s prediction: West Ham United 2-1 Leicester City