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From the BBC website:

 

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • West Ham's solitary victory in the past 11 Premier League meetings was by 2-0 at the King Power Stadium in May 2018 (D4, L6).
  • The Foxes are unbeaten in the last four encounters (W2, D2), and won both matches last season.

Leicester City

  • Leicester are vying to win their opening four league games for the first time in their history.
  • Their total of 12 goals after three matches is the highest by any team at this stage of a Premier League season since 2012.
  • The Foxes are unbeaten in their past eight home league fixtures against London sides (W6, D2). Their most recent defeat came against Crystal Palace in February 2019 - a result which led to Claude Puel being sacked as manager.
  • Jamie Vardy has scored 22 Premier League penalties since his top-flight debut in 2014, more than any other player during this period.
  • Ayoze Perez was directly involved in four of Leicester's six league goals against West Ham last season, scoring two and assisting two more.

West Ham United

  • West Ham have only won four of their 23 away league games under David Moyes (D5, L14).
  • They have lost eight of their past 11 Premier League away matches, with their only win in that spell being July's 4-0 victory at Norwich.
  • The Hammers have kept just three clean sheets in the Premier League in 2020, fewer than any current top-flight side excluding the newly-promoted clubs.
  • The last time they recorded consecutive clean sheets in the league was in a three-match sequence in August and September 2019.
  • Michail Antonio can become the first Hammers player to score in five consecutive top-flight away matches since Mike Small in 1991.
  • Antonio has scored West Ham's last six Premier League away goals, including four at Norwich in July.
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That line up is not what I expected, nor do I like it. 

 

However, I've now learnt not to question Brendan and his tactics until about the 60-70th minute, so will focus on nervously shouting at the TV.

 

COYF!!

 

 

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2 minutes ago, SheppyFox said:

We’re all assuming this new contract doesn’t have a release clause then? It wouldn’t matter if we don’t intend to sell him.

Haven't we stopped including release clauses?

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Perez is going to kill it in a central role... I hope.

 

Gutted that Praet and Madders are both out though. Hopefully the Maddison omission is purely because of injury as the guy from the Merc says.

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Wouldn’t have gone with 3atb personally, but given Madders and Praet are out don’t think we had much choice other than playing choudhury as our third CM instead of big Dan.

 

still a decent team with Perez, Barnes and Vardy in attack, and if we’re struggling to break them down can always take Amartey off for Under and play either Perez or Iheanacho in the hole in a 4-2-3-1. Plenty of options still COYF. 

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5 minutes ago, simon789us said:

Have it on good authority that maddison is off to united

Bollocks, do you.

 

He's just signed a new contract and they've already got too many midfielders and no decent defenders. They're desperate for a right winger and won't even sign the CB they so badly need before the deadline. Why would they spend ~£100m on one of the only positions they're well-stocked in?

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If we're heading towards playing a 343 long term, which isn't a terrible formation, then we're gonna have a lot of midfielders not getting much game time.

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Just now, Facecloth said:

If we're heading towards playing a 343 long term, which isn't a terrible formation, then we're gonna have a lot of midfielders not getting much game time.

Gutted for Matty James.

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5 minutes ago, SheppyFox said:

We’re all assuming this new contract doesn’t have a release clause then? It wouldn’t matter if we don’t intend to sell him.

I still believe the club don't like/insert them in contracts after what happened with Kante.

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We like having a plan B  but ONLY WHEN WE SAY SO.

 

Just kidding - understand the slight concern, but it looks like the loss of crucial midfield personnel has driven the formation today, and it would appear big Dan has been rewarded rather than dropping Hamza in. Here's hoping.

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If we intend to play a similar game to last week, I expect to see the wonderful sight of Leicester and West Ham players all staring at the ball, maybe even passing it to each other?

 

With no Praet nor Maddison, the selection makes sense.

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