Manuel Pellegrini will make FIVE changes to his West Ham United side for today’s visit of Leicester City.

West Ham threw away a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 at Crystal Palace on Boxing Day.

The defeat has left West Ham one place and one point above the relegation zone.

Lose to Leicester – and if Aston Villa get a draw at Watford – and West Ham will be in the bottom three at the halfway stage of the season going into the new year.

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High stakes for Hammers against high-flying Foxes

Leicester have lost back-to-back games against Manchester City and Liverpool.

But the high-flying Foxes will fancy their chances against a West Ham side in disarray.

Pellegrini is desperately clinging to his job after just two wins in 13 matches.

And in a last roll of the dice he will make FIVE changes to his side for the Leicester clash this afternoon.

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Pellegrini to make FIVE changes

Star player Lukasz Fabianski will return in goal in place of Roberto.

Ryan Fredericks will come back into the side at right-back after suspension in place of Pablo Zabaleta.

Issa Diop will come back in to replace the cumbersome Fabian Balbuena, who was terrible against Palace.

And Arthur Masuaku will replace the suspended Aaron Cresswell at left-back.

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Fredericks, Masuaku, Diop and Anderson to return?

Robert Snodgrass may have scored against Palace and put in his usual hard graft, but he had a poor game.

He looked leggy after a lot of football of late. And he will be replaced by Felipe Anderson, who looked sharp when he came on as a substitute on his return from illness at Selhurst Park.

Predicted West Ham starting XI to face Leicester:

Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Rice, Noble, Fornals, Anderson, Antonio, Haller.

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