West Ham United entertain Leicester City on Saturday knowing a win could put them just three points off seventh place.

The Hammers entertain Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes off the back of a superb performance against Manchester United last time out.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side were desperately unlucky not to win that game, let alone lose it.

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Hammers boosted after dismal 2019

But after a dismal 2019 so far, the display has given the team much-needed confidence.

West Ham take on a Leicester side who had won four games on the bounce until their 1-0 defeat to Newcastle last time out.

And Pellegrini will be forced into two big changes as injuries take their toll once again.

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Exciting Holland edging closer

West Ham will be missing both Manuel Lanzini and Samir Nasri. Robert Snodgrass is available, though, as his one-game suspension is not active while the club considers an appeal (whufc.com).

 

So youngster Nathan Holland – who scored a superb solo goal reminiscent of Ryan Giggs for West Ham Under 23s in midweek – will once again be on the bench with an even better chance of game time.

With Lanzini out, Michail Antonio will come back into the side following his lively display at Old Trafford.

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Stroppy Hernandez back on the bench

Stroppy striker Javier Hernandez angered fans with his histrionics after being substituted following another ineffectual display at his old club.

He too will drop out of the team with Marko Arnautovic likely to replace him after an illness.

Predicted West Ham XI to face Leicester

Fabianski, Zabaleta, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Antonio, Snodgrass, Noble, Rice, Anderson, Arnautovic.

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