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West Ham United v Leicester City Live Commentary, 12/11/2022

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J. Maddison (8)
H. Barnes (78)
London Stadium


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The Premier League now takes a break for the World Cup. Both teams return to action on December 26 when Leicester host Newcastle at the King Power Stadium and West Ham travel to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
Leicester make it four wins out of five in the Premier League courtesy of a 2-0 victory over West Ham United at London Stadium. James Maddison opened the scoring with a sweetly-struck left-footed effort before he was forced to leave the field and raise concerns about his availability for the World Cup. Leicester spurned the chance to double their lead before the break as Youri Tielemans was denied from the penalty spot. However, the Hammers were toothless in front of goal and were duly punished on the break as Harvey Barnes converted with a neat finish to heap the pressure on David Moyes.
90' + 2' The game is petering out without a push from the Hammers. Leicester have been excellent at the back today.
90' There will be four minutes of added time.
90' Scamacca twists and turns on the edge of the box to open up space for a shot. But, his eventual effort is tame and straight at Ward.
89' Bowen breaks down the right flank and looks for Scamacca in the box. He sends a low cross into the middle, but Amartey is there with a vital challenge to send the ball behind.
87' Rice sends a curling cross into the box from the right flank that Faes allows to travel towards goal. Ward has to act to push it past the post just to be sure. That was a close call for the Foxes.
G. Scamacca
Yellow Card
West Ham United
85' Scamacca brings down Ndidi with a late challenge and goes into the book.
83' Bowen competes with Castagne in an aerial duel and nods the ball towards goal, but Ward plucks it out of the air. Both players require a couple of seconds to get back to their feet after a clash of heads.
80' Barnes has scored three goals in his last three away games in Premier League.
Ayoze Pérez
Leicester City
78' Perez plays a sublime throughball for Barnes to collect and score.
H. Barnes
Leicester City
78' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! BARNES SCORES ON THE COUNTER!!!! 2-0 LEICESTER!!!!!! The Foxes extend their advantage as Barnes latches on to a throughball from Perez and slots his effort past Fabianski. Fornals sees a cross-field pass cleared by Thomas and the Foxes surge forward in numbers. Perez puts a perfect ball through for Barnes to take in stride and place his effort past the onrushing West Ham keeper into the net.
76' WIDE! Rice finds space in the final third down the left flank and he tries to beat Ward from the angle, but his effort lacks the curl to hit the target.
Pablo Fornals
T. Souček
West Ham United
75' Moyes adds an extra attacker into the fold as Fornals replaces Soucek.
72' WIDE! Leicester keep the attack alive and Vardy opts against a strike to tee up Mendy. However, the midfielder slices his effort well wide of the target.
71' SAVE! Perez feeds Barnes in the inside-left channel as space opens up. He fires low and hard towards the near post, but Fabianski makes a solid stop. The Pole is keeping West Ham in the game.
N. Mendy
B. Soumaré
Leicester City
69' Substitution Boubakary Soumaré Nampalys Mendy
J. Vardy
P. Daka
Leicester City
69' Vardy gets the call to replace Soumare, although he will go up top.
Ayoze Pérez
K. Dewsbury-Hall
Leicester City
68' Mendy makes his way on to the pitch to replace Dewsbury-Hall in the Leicester midfield.
66' West Ham probe down the right flank, but Faes is solid at the near post to direct Kehrer's cross away from Scamacca.
65' Rice charges forward and then offloads to Paqueta on the right flank. He steers a dangerous cross towards the back post, but Scamacca is on his heels and fails to reach it in time.
64' Bowen tries to thread the needle with an incisive pass towards Scamacca in the Leicester box, but Amartey sticks out a leg to make the interception.
W. Ndidi
Yellow Card
Leicester City
62' Ndidi is late on Bowen and goes into the book.
Lucas Paquetá
Yellow Card
West Ham United
60' Paqueta has not had a good day and he continues that theme by going into the book for a lunge on Soumare.
59' OVER! Rice attacks a Cresswell corner from the left flank, only for the Hammers skipper to plant his header over the bar.
56' WIDE! Benraham drifts inside from the left flank and fakes the strike. He offloads to Soucek, who takes on an effort at goal, only to see the ball skew well wide of the right post.
W. Ndidi
Y. Tielemans
Leicester City
55' Tielemans makes way for the visitors after missing a penalty that could have handed the Foxes complete control here. Ndidi replaces the Belgian.
52' OVER! Bowen swings the resulting corner to the near post for Scamacca to attack, but he can only send his effort over the bar amid pressure from Faes.
52' Rice angles a cross-field pass to Paqueta, who steers an offload towards Bowen in the box. He swings a leg at the ball, but misses it and Faes deflects it behind.
51' Bowen has a run at Thomas down the right flank, but the defender sticks to his task and diverts the ball out for a corner.
48' Barnes has space down the left flank and he floats a cross towards the near post that Fabianski gathers with ease.
46' Rice rolls the ball to Benraham to strike, but he sees his effort saved by Ward. West Ham need to get on the front foot.
46' We're back under way at London Stadium.
David Moyes might have to look to his bench for attacking options as his team have looked fairly toothless in the final third. The pressure is growing on the Scot and he will not want to give the West Ham hierarchy too much to think about during the World Cup break about potentially replacing him in the dugout.
Leicester City lead 1-0 at the break in their Premier League clash against West Ham United at London Stadium. James Maddison fired home from close range on his left foot, but was then forced to leave the field with an injury, putting his World Cup place in potential jeopardy. West Ham had chances to equalise through Lucas Paqueta, but he lacked the clinical edge to beat Danny Ward. The Foxes spurned a glorious chance to extend their lead after they were awarded a penalty by VAR when Patson Daka was fouled by Craig Dawson. Youri Tielemans was denied by Lukasz Fabianski, which could be a pivotal moment in the contest.
45' + 4' Kehrer makes a vital challenge at the back to prevent Barnes from bursting in behind following a good throughball from Daka.
45' + 3' Leicester look comfortable at the back as West Ham have not been able to produce that killer instinct in the final third.
45' + 1' Dewsbury-Hall releases Daka in space down the right flank, but he cannot pick out Barnes in the middle with his delivery.
45' There will be four minutes of added time.
Ł. Fabiański
Penalty Save
West Ham United
42' SAVE! Fabianski bails out Dawson after his mistake as he reads Tielemans and dives to his right to push his effort away and behind for a corner. A vital moment in the game.
Y. Tielemans
Penalty Miss
Leicester City
42' MISS! Tielemans fails to convert from the penalty spot as he sees his right-footed strike towards the left side of the net palmed away by Fabianski. It was at a comfortable height for Fabianski and a huge opportunity is wasted by the Foxes.
C. Dawson
Yellow Card
West Ham United
41' Dawson goes into the book for his challenge on Daka.
40' VAR! PENALTY TO LEICESTER! VAR spots the clear foul from Dawson on Daka as he wipes out the forward, catching his back leg and preventing him from firing at goal. The referee overturns his decision and points to the spot.
39' Leicester appeal for a penalty as Dawson brings down Daka on the charge after the forward was played through on goal. It looks a certain spot-kick, but the referee does not award it on the pitch.
38' SAVE! Cresswell floats a cross into the box from a free-kick that Paqueta flicks towards goal. It loops dangerously towards goal forcing Ward to backpedal and stretch to knock it away from goal.
37' Castagne brings down Cresswell on the left flank, handing the Hammers a free-kick in a dangerous position.
35' DISALLOWED GOAL! Soucek finishes with a right-footed strike from Bowen's cutback, but the offside flag goes up late as the forward moved a fraction too early from a ball forward from Cresswell.
33' Benrahma probes down the left flank before he finds Bowen on the edge of the box. The forward lines up a left-footed drive that is deflected over the top. The Hammers are upping the ante.
32' CHANCE! The ball is followed Paqueta and he spurns another opening at goal. Cresswell raids down the left flank and floats a cross into the box for Paqueta to attack, only for the midfielder to place his effort wide of the target.
30' OVER! Kehrer launches a cross into the box that Scamacca attempts to attack, but Faes wins the header. Paqueta latches on to the loose ball, but hammers his effort over the top.
29' Bowen sends Paqueta on the overlap in the inside-right channel, but the Brazilian opens up his body and places a tame effort straight at Ward.
28' SAVE! Paqueta and Soucek combine to work the ball to Benrahma in the inside-left channel. He fends off Amartey and forces an effort at goal on his left foot, but Ward makes a solid stop before the Foxes clear the danger.
D. Praet
J. Maddison
Leicester City
25' Maddison is replaced by Praet after scoring the opening goal. Hopefully it's not a serious injury.
24' Maddison will have to make way as he does not seem happy with his right leg. He seems to have tweaked something here.
22' Maddison is down on the field for the visitors. Southgate will be watching this game through his fingers. Hopefully this is not a serious one for the Leicester midfielder.
21' SAVE! With Rice off the pitch, Amartey surges into the final third with a run from the back. The defender unleashes a strike at goal that Fabianksi has to turn wide of the left post.
20' Rice is down for the Hammers, but it appears to be an issue with his eye rather than something overly serious. He needs to get it washed out before he can continue.
18' OVER! Rice latches on to a loose ball 25 yards from goal after Benrahma's cutback is cleared by the Foxes. Rice launches a strike at goal, but he sends his effort well over the top.
17' Leicester have a good shape out there at the moment. There is no space for West Ham to exploit in the Foxes' half.
N. Aguerd
K. Zouma
West Ham United
15' Zouma is withdrawn with a leg injury and is replaced by Aguerd at the back.
13' Zouma is down for the home side with an apparent leg injury. Aguerd is being readied on the sideline by the Hammers.
12' The early Leicester goal has taken the wind of the West Ham fans inside London Stadium. It's not the start that Moyes would have wanted.
10' Leicester have scored in their last 14 Premier League away games.
P. Daka
Leicester City
8' Daka's mis-kick falls perfectly for Maddison to sweep home into the back of the net.
J. Maddison
Leicester City
8' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! MADDISON SMASHES HOME A STRIKE!!!! 1-0 LEICESTER!!!!! Maddison gives a timely reminder why he was included in the England squad with a brilliant finish on his left foot. Leicester break down the left flank as Barnes and Dewsbury-Hall combine to find Daka in the box. He scuffs his strike, but it falls perfectly for Maddison in the inside-right channel. He connects sweetly with a left-footed strike into the roof of the net.
6' Kehrer launches a throw-in into the box that Soucek tries to attack, but it glances off his head and then Amartey before travelling into the grasp of Ward.
3' SAVE! Dewsbury-Hall raids down the left flank and cuts the ball back to Tielemans on the edge of the box. He lines up a blast, but sees his effort held by Fabianski.
2' Benrahma tries to thread the needle to release Bowen, but the pass has too much pace on it and travels through to Ward.
1' We're under way at London Stadium.
West Ham have won three of their last four Premier League games against Leicester (drawn one), as many as they had in their previous 16 against them (drawn 5, lost eight).
Rodgers makes eight changes to his team that beat Newport last time out. Faes, Barnes and Soumare keep their places, but Daka, Dewsbury-Hall, Maddison, Tielemans, Thomas, Castagne, Amartey and Ward all return. James Justin is missing from the team that beat Everton after tearing his Achilles during the week and will be sidelined for the rest of the season.
Moyes made 11 changes to his side during the week for the EFL Cup clash against Blackburn, but has reverted to the same line-up that was beaten by Palace. Scamacca leads the line ahead of Michail Antonio, who drops out of the side for personal reasons. Benrahma, Bowen and Paqueta continue in the final third.
LEICESTER CITY SUBS: Jonny Evans, Jamie Vardy, Marc Albrighton, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ayoze Perez, Nampalys Mendy, Wilfred Ndidi, Dennis Praet, Daniel Iversen.
LEICESTER CITY (4-1-4-1): Danny Ward; Timothy Castagne, Daniel Amartey, Wout Faes, Luke Thomas; Boubakary Soumare; James Maddison, Youri Tielemans, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Harvey Barnes; Patson Daka.
WEST HAM SUBS: Ben Johnson, Vladimir Coufal, Pablo Fornals, Manuel Lanzini, Flynn Downes, Alphonse Areola, Angelo Ogbonna, Nayef Aguerd, Emerson.
WEST HAM (4-2-3-1): Lukasz Fabianski; Thilo Kehrer, Craig Dawson Kurt Zouma, Aaron Cresswell; Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek; Jarrod Bowen, Lucas Paqueta, Said Benrahma; Gianluca Scamacca.
Leicester responded to the pressure on their manager Brendan Rodgers with a fine run of form to lift themselves out of trouble. The Foxes had a sluggish start to the campaign, but have won three out of their last five league matches, including an impressive 2-0 win over Everton last week. Rodgers' men can give themselves a real momentum boost to take into the second half of the season with another win today after beating Newport County during the week in the EFL Cup.
David Moyes arrives in this contest under a bit of pressure after West Ham's exit at the hands of Blackburn in the EFL Cup on penalties during the week. The Hammers have won only one of their last five Premier League matches, suffering a late defeat to Crystal Palace last time out at London Stadium. West Ham need a response this afternoon to stem the tide on their manager ahead of the break for the World Cup.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between West Ham United and Leicester City at London Stadium.