Preview - Leicester City

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When and Where?

West Ham United v Leicester City
Premier League
Saturday 18 March 2017, 3pm GMT
London Stadium

What’s the story?

West Ham United face a resurgent Leicester City at London Stadium on Saturday, as Slaven Bilic’s men look to arrest a run of four games without a victory.

The Foxes’ outlook has improved considerably from a month ago, when a 2-0 defeat to Swansea City saw the Premier League champions drop into the relegation zone.

Since then, Claudio Ranieri controversially lost his job, Craig Shakespeare replaced him in the hotseat, they won back-to-back  Premier League games for the first time this season and then, most remarkably, they progressed to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton were the goalscoring heroes as the Foxes wiped out a 2-1 first leg deficit to knock out Sevilla and set up a last eight tie with Atletico Madrid.

Despite their league travails, it continues the fairytale which saw them take the league title last term, ten points clear of their closest challengers Arsenal.

After beating Liverpool and Leicester, their fears of following that by getting relegated have eased and they currently sit three points above the drop zone – and six behind the Hammers.

West Ham have an upturn in form in mind as they look to get back inside the top ten – and will certainly hope to show a stronger defensive resilience than at Bournemouth last weekend, when they conceded three goals and saw the hosts squander two chances from the spot.

At the other end, Michail Antonio and Andre Ayew were on target, but a 3-2 defeat was their second reverse in succession.

Team news

The Hammers will be without skipper Mark Noble, who sits out with a muscle strain, and will return after the international break.

He joins Angelo Ogbonna and Diafra Sakho on the sidelines, although the pair are progressing well from their knee and back issues respectively.

With Noble out, Cheikhou Kouyate could return to the midfield, and Sam Byram is a candidate to start at right back.

Leicester’s January signing Molla Wague is out for the season after suffering a dislocated shoulder, while Nampalys Mendy is rated at 50-50 to return from a knee problem.

How do I get to the game?

Tickets for this match have sold out, but become available on the Ticket Exchange as Season Ticket Holders who cannot attend relist their seats.

Supporters should note that the Docklands Light Railway is closed on Saturday between Bow Church and Stratford, meaning Pudding Mill Lane station will be out of action.

TfL Rail services are suspended between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield, with replacement buses running between Stratford and Chadwell Heath, and Shenfield and Newbury Park for connections with the Central Line.

Greater Anglia services are also disrupted, with no service between London Liverpool Street and Ingatestone/Southend Victoria. Replacement buses will be serving Newbury Park for connections with the Central Line.

Click here for the latest news on Tube services and here for National Rail.

Saturday is set to be a cloudy day in London, with a maximum temperature of 15C (59F).

How do I watch the game?

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