The Green Street Hammers Predict: West Ham v Leicester

Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester City competes for a header in the opposition box from a corner during the Premier League match between West Ham United. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester City competes for a header in the opposition box from a corner during the Premier League match between West Ham United. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images) /

After an opening day triumph up in Newcastle, West Ham carried on where they left off after finishing strongly in the league last season – earning a sixth-placed finish.

The Hammers will be looking to make it two wins from two as they welcome FA Cup winners Leicester to east London – a side they completed the double over last campaign with two emphatic victories.

Despite this, nobody can underestimate the Foxes and expect another cakewalk victory as Brendan Rodgers’ men have narrowly missed out on Champions League football over the last two seasons, finishing in fifth place on both occasions.

With West Ham beating the Foxes home and away last campaign, can they get the better of them yet again, or will it be third time lucky for Leicester?

Last time out, they started off their campaign with a tight 1-0 win at home to Wolves, an important three points on the board to start the season.

Here is what the writers at Green Street Hammers predict ahead of Monday’s crunch game.

James: West Ham 1-1 Leicester

The Hammers started the season with a big 4-2 win, and Leicester won its opening game. Both teams have strong attacks, but I’d expect Leicester to have the more threatening presence. With players such as Vardy and Maddison to handle, West Ham will need to tighten its defense even more.

The club did the double over Leicester last season and showed great determination, as was the case against Newcastle last week. I’d expect a tough game against a tough opponent, but I think that both teams can fight for a share of the points.

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 Jeremiah: West Ham 3-2 Leicester

Honestly, this matchup excites me way more than it probably should. The Hammers and the Foxes are so similar when it comes to on-the-field production that this screams match of the week. West Ham had a high-scoring affair last week, and they’ll need the same output on Monday!

Both sides have intermittent defenses and aging keepers, which will be the key to how many goals go in. If Rice and Soucek can contain the midfield well, this match should favor the Hammers in a tight yet positive match.
Jimmy: West Ham 2-2 Leicester

After last week’s game against Newcastle, it’s clear that the Irons will be able to score some goals this year. But without a new center-back in the door yet the defense still looks like it’s going to be a bit shaky for the time being.

Leicester is an excellent team with a fast, dangerous attack, and that should be enough to get a goal or two for them. I can see this being a very even match even though West Ham took all six points last year.

 Alex: West Ham 1-1 Leicester 

After a brilliant comeback win away at Newcastle, the Irons will finally be back playing in front of a full London Stadium!

It’s a tough game to start with, though, and the returning fans will be needed. Despite the Hammer’s win last weekend, the defense wasn’t overly impressive in the first half. The likes of Vardy, Maddison, and Barnes could see some joy but the counterattack of Antonio, Bowen, and Benrahma seems to have a great balance of pace, power, and creativity to it which will cause Leicester problems. It’s going to be a close game which I think will end in the points being shared.

Louis: West Ham 2-2 Leicester 

This is a game between two very evenly-matched teams, which could, without sounding too cliché, go either way. One point separated the two sides last season, with West Ham dominating on the head-to-head front, with Moyes seemingly having Rodger’s number tactics-wise.

That doesn’t mean that the Leicester boss can’t learn from his mistakes, however, and I think this will be a very close-fought but entertaining contest. I’m sitting on the fence and predicting a draw for this one.

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Overall, everyone believes it will be a tight affair, with most – bar the courageous Jeremiah – sitting on the fence. Come on, you Irons!