West Ham United take on Leicester City tonight knowing just how much is at stake.

Recent results have shaped what is certain to be one of the most competitive relegation battles for decades in the Premier League.

Just four points separate 14th placed Burnley and second bottom Watford.

It is very much looking like two from six to join Norwich City and West Ham are only out of the bottom three on goal difference heading into the game at the King Power.

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West Ham at a dangerous crossroads

West Ham know a win can push them up to 15th. But equally a heavy defeat could see West Ham lose the advantage their -8 goal difference currently gives them, particularly with games against Manchester City and Liverpool home and away on the horizon.

The Hammers lost the reverse fixture – against Leicester’s reserves – 2-1 on December 28th. That turned out to be Manuel Pellegrini’s last game in charge.

Now David Moyes is once again tasked with saving a West Ham squad that has massively underachieved despite being painfully short in key areas of the team.

West Ham trained at their Rush Green base on Tuesday ahead of the game.

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Antonio boost for injury-hit Hammers

Michail Antonio gave Moyes a boost by declaring himself fit and ready on social media.

Read: Michail Antonio appears to give West Ham a major boost ahead of Leicester with social media post

And the fans’ favourite was all smiles in training.

Sebastien Haller has been poor in front of goal in the last three games. The £45million has been isolated this season.

But when good chances presented themselves against Gillingham, Sheffield United and Everton he failed to take advantage.

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Haller in the spotlight

Pablo Zabaleta has called on him and West Ham’s other attackers to start doing their jobs.

Read: Pablo Zabaleta pulls no punches as he takes aim at Sebastien Haller and co over West Ham woes

Haller looked his usual stern-faced self ahead of the match.


Here are a selection of pictures from training ahead of West Ham’s crucial clash against the Foxes.

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