West Ham United take on Leicester City in a clash of the Premier League’s Europa League representatives at the London Stadium on Monday night.

There was little to choose between West Ham and Leicester as the Foxes finished fifth with the Hammers in sixth last season.

Both sides agonisingly missed out on a Champions League place by a single win.

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West Ham did the double over Leicester last season.

And David Moyes will be hoping for more of the same as West Ham play in front of a capacity home crowd for the first time since February 2020.

As the excitement builds ahead of kick-off there have been rumours that Moyes could make one major change.

Talk has abound that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski could drop to the bench with West Ham’s only new arrival of the summer window, Alphonse Areola, making his debut.

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Moyes admitted this week that Fabianski’s advancing years and injury issues will mean he shares the number spot with Areola this season (90Min).

With the extra European games there are plenty of matches to go around.

But the general consensus is that Areola may be slowly worked into the side in the Carabao Cup and Europa games as part of a gradual succession plan to be West Ham’s long-term number one.

After a 4-2 win at Newcastle on the opening weekend, it would be strange for Moyes to make unforced changes to a winning team.

So we expect the Scot to resist the rumoured big change in between the sticks and go with the same side which triumphed at St James’s Park last Sunday.

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That means Said Benrahma gets another chance to cement his credentials.

Moyes may also have been tempted to bring Issa Diop back into the side in place of Craig Dawson to try and combat the pace of the likes of Jamie Vardy.

But expect to see the same XI that started last time out.

Predicted West Ham starting XI to face Leicester:

Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Fornals, Bowen, Benrahma, Antonio.

In other news, Brendan Rodgers waxes lyrical about West Ham and David Moyes’s fantastic four.

And West Ham could get new Zlatan before deadline if striker lives up to big billing.

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