Leicester City hosted West Ham yesterday afternoon in what turned out to be their first win in the Premier League since the 10th of December.
Going into yesterday’s match, Leicester City hadn’t won a game in the Premier League since the 10th of December during their 4 – 2 thrashing of Manchester City and just like then, many foxes fans are hoping that Leicester have finally turned a corner.
The foxes may not have played West Ham off of the pitch in the manner that they did against Manchester City, however this may work in Leicester’s favour.
The win over Pep Guardiola’s men can be put down to the Spaniard setting up his side in completely the wrong manner, playing a back 3 with unprepared full-backs against a Leicester City side that loves to counter-attack, a moment of madness from Pep.
The 4 – 2 win was down to Guardiola’s naivety rather than Claudio Ranieri’s tactics which as always, never changed.
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This time out, Leicester’s win was not only convincing, they also saw out the game in a manner which we have rarely seen this season.
West Ham had plenty of attacking threat on the pitch with Payet, Andy Carroll and Lanzini all on the pitch however The Hammers struggled to break down the boys in blue.
The true test will be if Leicester can get back to back wins for the first time this season as they travel up north to face Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.
Middlesbrough have shown that they are a tough team to break down with draws against both Arsenal and Manchester City, whilst beating Bournemouth 2 – 0.
What will work in Leicester’s favour however is Boro’s recent form, losing 4 out of their last 5 games with their only win coming from a 3 – 0 victory over Swansea.
Earlier in the season Leicester failed grasp 3 points from Boro and can consider themselves lucky to come away from the match with 2 – 2 draw after Islam Slimani’s 94th minute penalty.
With Leicester star Jamie Vardy still banned, Leicester fans can expect to see a similar starting line-up however with the game coming just 3 days after their clash with West Ham, a few changes will be expected.
What will also be expected is a high quality performance which could see the foxes rocket to 11th place should results go their way, a huge difference from where they sat just 3 days ago.