Report and highlights as third-placed Leicester move eight points clear of Chelsea in fourth; West Ham stay 17th
Last Updated: 22/01/20 9:48pm
Leicester returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion, boosting their top-four hopes with a 4-1 victory against West Ham at the King Power Stadium.
Brendan Rodgers’ side came into the game on the back of successive defeats in the Premier League, but there was no sign of a lack of confidence as the hosts roared into a two-goal lead in the first half, despite losing Jamie Vardy and Nampalys Mendy to injury.
West Ham showed signs of life in the second half and they were handed a lifeline when Mark Noble scored from the penalty spot after substitute Wilfred Ndidi brought down Sebastien Haller just inside the penalty area.
The Hammers severely tested Leicester’s resolve as they searched for an equaliser, but Rodgers’ men held firm and their class shone through in the end as Ayoze Perez’s double in the final 10 minutes ended the challenge of David Moyes’ side.
Victory sees Leicester, who moved eight points clear of fourth-placed Chelsea, consolidate third place in the league, while West Ham stay 17th but level on points with Bournemouth and Watford in 18th and 19th respectively.
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Opta stats – Goals continue to flow for Leicester
- Leicester have now scored 52 goals in the Premier League this season; their most after 24 games of a top-flight campaign since 1930-31 (52).
- The Foxes picked up their eighth home victory in the Premier League this season – this is their most ever through the first 12 home games of a league campaign.
- This was West Ham manager David Moyes’ 50th Premier League away game against a side starting the day in the top four – the Scotsman has won just one of these 50 games (D15 L34), with that lone victory coming in December 2010 (Man City 1-2 Everton).
- Since the start of October 2019, no team have gained fewer points (11) or lost more games (11) in the Premier League than West Ham.
Leicester are in FA Cup action on Saturday when they travel to Brentford in the fourth round; Kick-off 12.45pm. They then face Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg on January 28 (kick-off 7.45pm), live on Sky Sports Football, before facing Chelsea in the Premier League on February 1; Kick-off 12.30pm.
A Villa vs Leicester
January 28, 2020, 7:00pm
West Ham are also in FA Cup fourth-round action. They face West Brom at the London Stadium on Saturday; Kick-off 3pm. Their next Premier League fixture is on Wednesday, January 29 against Liverpool at the London Stadium; Kick-off 7.45pm.
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Source : Sky Sports