There will be some desperation in the Leicester City ranks as they strive for a much-needed win against West Ham United, who will be keen to build on their victory last time out.
The games are running out for the hosts, who continue to win plaudits for their enterprising, competitive performances, but lie seven points adrift of safety and have just one league win so far in 2015. Including this one, six of their last nine matches are at home, but they must win here with survival looking an increasingly tall order.
Defeat in a seven-goal thriller at Tottenham before the international break rather epitomised the Foxes’ fortunes in recent months, hauling themselves back from an early 2-0 deficit only to be condemned by a dubious penalty and an unfortunate own goal. But it was also a game that exposed their many defensive vulnerabilities.
It looked set to be another afternoon of frustration for West Ham in their last outing against Sunderland, but Diafra Sakho found the net late on to earn an elusive win which could give them a big lift for the run-in amid fears that the season may have fizzled out. Significantly, the result took them past the 40-point mark.
Sakho has been highly impressive of late, making light of manager Sam Allardyce’s current lack of striking options, but any success that the Hammers achieve here is likely to be instigated by Stewart Downing, who will look exploit the space in front of the home defence.
Liam Moore could feature for Leicester after being recalled from his loan spell at Brentford. Matthew Upson and Dean Hammond are sidelined by injury.
West Ham are likely to again be without Enner Valencia, while long-term absentees Andy Carroll and James Tomkins remain out.
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