Leicester v West Ham preview: Hammers target crucial victory
Last Updated: 06/05/18 7:35am
West Ham will be looking to take a big step towards survival in the Premier League when they travel to out-of-form Leicester on Saturday.
The Hammers are in a precarious position in the table, just three points above the relegation zone, following successive 4-1 defeats to Arsenal and Manchester City.
They are without a win from their last four games, and travel to Leicester before matches against David Moyes' former clubs Manchester United and Everton at the London Stadium.
"We have got three games to win," Moyes said. "If we can win all three of those games then we might find ourselves quite high up the table so that is what we are going to try to do.
"The mood is good. We were really disappointed with how we played, even against the champions, but overall they are keen to put it right.
"The motivation and attitude has been very good. They know exactly what is at stake so we will all work together and try and get a result."
Leicester have won just four of their last 18 games and there have been reports that manager Claude Puel is under increasing pressure.
With three matches of the season left to play, the highest the Foxes could finish is eighth.
Andy Carroll will be in West Ham's squad after being sent home from training and then fined for leaving the bench early in the 4-1 defeat against Manchester City.
Joe Hart and Adrian will contend for the number one spot - after Hart was ineligible to face parent club City - but Michail Antonio (hamstring), Winston Reid (knee), Sam Byram (ankle), James Collins (hamstring) and Pedro Obiang (knee) are still sidelined.
Marc Albrighton is one of nine Leicester players missing as he starts his suspension following last week's red card at Crystal Palace.
The winger was dismissed in the 5-0 drubbing at Selhurst Park, and has also been charged with misconduct for his reaction to referee Mike Dean so could face a further ban.
Kasper Schmeichel (ankle), Shinji Okazaki (ankle), Wilfred Ndidi (hamstring), Danny Simpson (groin), Robert Huth (ankle), Matty James (Achilles) are also out along with Ben Chilwell and Daniel Amartey. Vicente Iborra (hamstring) has returned to training and will be assessed.
The Foxes are unbeaten in their last six Premier League meetings with West Ham (W4 D2), since a 0-2 loss at Upton Park in December 2014.
After winning three of their first five away Premier League games against Leicester (D1 L1), the Hammers are winless in their last five top-flight visits to Filbert Street/King Power Stadium (D2 L3), alternating between defeat and a draw each time.
Leicester have lost three of their last four Premier League games (D1), more than they had in their previous 10 in the competition (W4 D4 L2).
West Ham have shipped 67 Premier League goals this season - only in one campaign have they ever conceded more in the competition (70 in 2010-11 when they finished bottom).
Leicester have been shown a league-high five red cards in the Premier League this season, while West Ham have had more yellows than any other side (70).
West Ham have scored in each of their last 10 away Premier League games - they last had a longer run in the top-flight back in December 1966 (14 games).
Marko Arnautovic has been directly involved in eight goals in his last seven away games for West Ham in the Premier League (5 goals, 3 assists).