West Ham vs Leicester: Prediction, team news, line-ups, start time, live, TV, head to head, odds - Premier League preview

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West Ham will be aiming to bounce back from their defeat to Bournemouth as Premier League champions Leicester City head to London Stadium on Saturday.

The Hammers board have called on Bilic and his players to improve results in a bid for a top-half finish after Joshua King's hat-trick secured a last-gasp 3-2 win for Eddie Howe's Cherries on Saturday.

The match holds more significance for Leicester, who will go back to the reality of a relegation battle following their stunning progress to the Champions League quarter-finals with a midweek win against Sevilla.

Craig Shakespeare has won his first three games as manager following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri, but must keep his players focussed on survival with minds.

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START TIME

West Ham host Leicester at London Stadium with kick-off scheduled for 3pm on Saturday, March 18.

LIVE COVERAGE

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TEAM NEWS

West Ham skipper Mark Noble is ruled out due to a dead leg.

Winston Reid will take over as captain while Sam Byram could be recalled at right-back, freeing up Cheikhou Kouyate to move into Noble's midfield berth.

Andre Ayew is set to start in attack after scoring as a substitute at Bournemouth last weekend, but defender Angelo Ogbonna (knee) and striker Diafra Sakho (back) are still out.

Provisional squad: Randolph, Adrian, Fonte, Reid, Collins, Byram, Cresswell, Masuaku, Kouyate, Nordtveit, Obiang, Quina, Antonio, Fernandes, Snodgrass, Feghouli, Lanzini, Carroll, Calleri, Ayew, Fletcher.

Leicester's January signing Molla Wague is out for the season with a dislocated shoulder.

The defender made just one appearance - in the FA Cup defeat at Millwall in January - and has had an operation but his long-term future is unknown, with the loan from Udinese expiring in the summer.

Nampalys Mendy is rated as 50-50 to return from a knee injury which saw him miss the 2-0 win over Sevilla on Tuesday and advance to the Champions League quarter finals 3-2 on aggregate.

Provisional squad: Schmeichel, Hamer, Zieler, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Wasilewski, Chilwell, Fuchs, King, Mendy, Drinkwater, Amartey, Ndidi, Mahrez, Gray, Albrighton, Kapustka, Musa, Vardy, Okazaki, Ulloa, Slimani.

POSSIBLE LINE-UPS

West Ham starting XI: Randolph, Kouyate, Fonte, Reid, Cresswell, Feghouli, Fernandes, Obiang, Lanzini, Antonio, Carroll

Leicester starting XI: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Ndidi, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy

HEAD-TO-HEAD

PREDICTION

BETTING ODDS (via 888 Sport)

  • West Ham to win: 13/10
  • Leicester to win: 9/4
  • Draw: 47/20

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Odds correct as of March 17 at 4pm.

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