Mark Lawrenson backed Leicester City to beat West Ham United 2-1 on Sunday, when writing his regular prediction column for BBC Sport.

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The Hammers welcome the Foxes to the London Stadium on Sunday for a game that could have far reaching consequences as far as the race for the top four is concerned.

David Moyes has worked miracles since taking over at West Ham. And Brendan Rodgers has done a superb job in charge of Leicester as well.

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Brendan Rodgers and David Moyes (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

It should be an enthralling contest on Sunday what with both teams in such desperate need of a victory.

It could also be a cagey encounter of course. We think it will be the former, however.

Mark Lawrenson predicts West Ham vs Leicester

In truth, a draw wouldn’t be the worst result for either side.

Lawrenson backed Leicester to beat West Ham on Sunday, however, when writing his regular prediction column for BBC Sport:

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Mark Lawrenson (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

“Even without the injured Declan Rice, West Ham were impressive against Wolves on Monday evening, but this is a much bigger test for them. Leicester were outplayed by Manchester City last time out, but I don’t think you can really read too much into that – Brendan Rodgers’ team are still a very good side. West Ham have shown they are too, and they have done brilliantly to get in the top four, just one place below the Foxes.  It is going to be hard for both of them to stay there, but of the two I think Leicester have got the better chance. They blew up from a similar position last season, but this time they have got a better team and a better squad.”

 

Lawro’s prediction: 1-2

West Ham will be without Declan Rice and probably Michail Antonio on Sunday.

It will be an incredibly hard job to beat Leicester without arguably our two best players.

David Moyes has worked his magic on more than one occasion already this season, however. And Hammers fans will be praying for another masterclass from the Scot on Sunday.

Hopefully players like Jesse Lingard, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen will stand up and be counted.

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