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84'
M. Antonio
V. Coufal
4 - 1
80'
M. Antonio
D. Rice
3 - 1
69'
Y. Tielemans
Goal
2 - 1
56'
S. Benrahma
M. Antonio
2 - 0
26'
Pablo Fornals
S. Benrahma
1 - 0

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Possession
51% 48%
10
2
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 7 1
Total Passes 502 508
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Commentary

West Ham host Crystal Palace next, while Leicester will make a potentially morale-boosting visit to bottom-of-the-table Norwich City. Both teams should be around the European places again this season, but it's West Ham who have made the stronger start. That's all for now. Goodbye!
West Ham sit pretty at the top of the Premier League after starting their season with two wins. They've scored eight goals in those two games and look well-placed to continue the progress they made last season, even with the distraction of the Europa League. Leicester stay mid-table. Rodgers' team will have better days but they still look too frail to crack the top four at the moment.
It's a good time to be a West Ham fan! West Ham continue their 100 per cent start to the season by blowing 10-man Leicester away. The hosts were the better side all game, holding Leicester at arm's length before taking control of the match after Perez's first-half sending off. Tielemans briefly gave Leicester hope by pulling the score back to 2-1, but man of the match Antonio's two late goals put the game to bed.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: WEST HAM UNITED 4-1 LEICESTER CITY
90' + 1' Coufal tries a throughball for Bowen but Bowen has strayed offside. Schmeichel also claims a cross in. But for Schmeichel's saves, the hiding Leicester have received could be even worse.
90' There'll be three more minutes of this. West Ham appear to have settled for just the four goals now.
A. Yarmolenko
M. Antonio
89' Antonio also heads off, having broken his record and added to it. Yarmolenko gets a runout for the last few minutes of this match.
M. Noble
S. Benrahma
88' West Ham give their star men an early rest. Benrahma heads off having notched another goal and an assist in this game. Noble takes his place.
86' Soucek brings down Soumare to hand Leicester a welcome free-kick. Leicester will wonder what might have been had Perez not been dismissed. They might still have lost with West Ham playing like this, but probably not this heavily.
V. Coufal
Assist
84' Coufal has been his usual adventurous self at right-back for West Ham. He's not been alone in sending cross after cross into Leicester's box and they haven't been able to handle it.
M. Antonio
Goal
84' GOAL! WEST HAM UNITED 4-1 LEICESTER CITY! Antonio gets his second goal of the game with an audacious finish! The striker flicks Coufal's cross first-time over his head and pokes it past Schmeichel. This is turning into a rout.
83' West Ham have had 18 shots to Leicester's five in this match. Leicester have barely been able to lay a glove on West Ham, especially since they went down to 10 men.
B. Soumaré
J. Maddison
81' Maddison also heads off. Leicester's new arrival Soumare takes his place.
K. Iheanacho
J. Vardy
81' Leicester make two substitutions which signal they are accepting defeat. Vardy makes way for Iheanacho.
D. Rice
Assist
80' Rice is known for his defensive nous but he's shown plenty of attacking impetus here too. West Ham deserve to be winning this game as comfortably as they are.
M. Antonio
Goal
80' GOAL! WEST HAM UNITED 3-1 LEICESTER CITY! West Ham regain their two-goal cushion as Antonio gets in on the act! The striker smartly receives Rice's low ball in from the left, swivels on the spot and fires past Schmeichel. He holds a cardboard cutout of himself aloft. He's become West Ham's outright Premier League top scorer with 48 goals, supplanting Paolo Di Canio.
78' Leicester defend this latest West Ham corner well. Thomas wins a free-kick to ease the pressure for now. West Ham are still seeking a third goal but Tielemans' goal might have sown the seeds of doubt in their minds.
77' Soyuncu heads away Cresswell's cross from deep. West Ham keep coming and Soyuncu pokes Coufal's curling cross out for a corner.
75' Dawson can't master Bowen's latest delivery. Rice looks up to fire in a cross and Dawson ghosts back into the box to nod over.
73' Leicester have belief again but they still need to be careful. Thomas gives West Ham their ninth corner of the game.
Ricardo Pereira
Yellow Card
71' That goal is a lifeline for Leicester who have been overwhelmed for most of this second half. Pereira's booked for a crude challenge on Cresswell. Nothing comes of the West Ham free-kick.
Y. Tielemans
Goal
69' GOAL! WEST HAM UNITED 2-1 LEICESTER CITY! Vardy works hard down the left to keep Leicester moving and finds Maddison. Maddison's low cross from the left misses both Vardy and Daka. Tielemans miscontrols it with his first touch, hitting a West Ham defender, but manages to beat Fabianski with the second!
68' Amartey makes a well-timed challenge to send Leicester on a rare foray forward. It's important for Leicester because...
67' Dawson arrives from deep to head Bowen's corner over. Leicester get a goal-kick and a few seconds for their players to get their breaths back.
66' Cresswell's corner gets cleared as far as Bowen who tempts Ndidi into giving away another. Leicester are having to withstand sustained West Ham pressure.
65' Rice salvages Soucek's poor pass and sends Benrahma running down the left. West Ham get a throw-in out of it. Cresswell's cross from deep hits a Leicester defender and West Ham have yet another corner.
P. Daka
H. Barnes
64' Leicester make a change. They need to, as they're being severely outplayed. Daka comes on to replace the ineffectual Barnes.
62' Schmeichel is earning his keep now! Antonio lets rip towards the bottom right corner from just outside the D and the Dane gets across to tip the shot aside. The corner lands to Cresswell who cannons over on the volley.
61' Bowen's ball in this time is met by Ogbonna at the near post. Ogbonna can't control his header though and it loops out for a goal-kick on the opposite side.
60' Thomas sticks a leg out to block Coufal's cross from the right. West Ham will get the chance to threaten Leicester again from a corner.
58' West Ham must sense the opportunity to rack up the goals here, a prospect which should worry Leicester. Maddison's ambitious shot from range is blocked. Barnes powers down the left but has little support and can only run into Rice and company.
M. Antonio
Assist
56' That was selfless and self-conscious play from Antonio who knew he wouldn't beat Schmeichel from where he was. West Ham are surely on the way to three points now, barring a miraculous Leicester recovery.
S. Benrahma
Goal
56' GOAL! WEST HAM UNITED 2-0 LEICESTER CITY! Leicester are in big trouble now! Soyuncu misjudges Schmeichel's positioning for a pass back and hands the ball straight to Antonio. The angle's too tight for Antonio to shoot so he lays off to Benrahma who slots into an empty net.
55' West Ham keep the ball moving. It's now Leicester's turn to defend. Benrahma trips in the box after a touch from Maddison but it's not enough to convince the referee to award a penalty.
53' Barnes takes on Coufal directly and manages to reach the byline. The West Ham right-back stands his ground though and a throw-in is all that Leicester get.
51' Soyuncu hands West Ham another corner. Schmeichel punches Bowen's ball in away but Leicester are locked in. Fornals swings a fantastic cross over to Antonio at the far post and Schmeichel pulls off a great save to keep Antonio's bullet header out!
49' West Ham are in the position of having to dictate the game now, an approach which doesn't always come naturally to them. Soucek ventures into Leicester's box and scoops over after some tidy West Ham play down their right.
47' Leicester see off a West Ham attack but have nowhere to go, lumping the ball straight through to Fabianski. West Ham would be wise to make the most of their one-man advantage.
45' Leicester get the second half going. Rodgers has resisted making changes for now. Maddison has nominally taken Perez's place on the right as Leicester have switched to a 4-4-1 formation.
Benrahma proved his worth again in that first half by creating Fornals' goal. No West Ham player has more assists from open play than the Algerian's eight since the start of last season. Leicester haven't coped well with West Ham racing into the space behind their full-backs. Rodgers needs to decide whether to stick or twist.
West Ham go in at the break with the lead having given Leicester an uncomfortable time. Leicester have struggled to deal with West Ham's threats in the air and on the counter-attack, with the latter being the source of Fornals' goal. Perez's red card for serious foul play has left Leicester with a mountain to climb if they want to salvage anything from this game.
45' + 4' HALF-TIME: WEST HAM UNITED 1-0 LEICESTER CITY
45' + 3' Cresswell sends a direct pass down the line but Tielemans is there to cut it out. Soyuncu tries the same trick and Benrahma gets back to put it out for a throw-in. That'll be all for now.
45' + 2' Vardy clears a ball into the Leicester box and West Ham have a corner. Vardy does enough at the near post to quell the danger and Leicester end up being awarded a much-needed free-kick.
45' + 1' There'll be four minutes added onto the end of this half due to the time it took to send Perez off. Leicester will be glad to make it to half-time to regroup.
45' Bowen jinks into the box and hangs the ball up for Antonio but Antonio's first touch in the six-yard box lets him down. Fornals arrives on the scene but can't get a shot away.
43' Antonio shoots from the left of the box and it cannons off a Leicester man. West Ham rightly smell blood and want to get a second goal before half-time.
42' This game is going to be even tougher for Leicester now. Perez's dismissal is bad timing for them as they were just starting to find a foothold in the game.
Ayoze Pérez
Red Card
40' RED CARD FOR PEREZ! The referee goes to the monitor to watch Perez's challenge back. Perez made a legitimate attempt to win the ball, but it was clumsy and dangerous play. The referee reaches to his pocket and dismisses Perez, who shakes his head as he leaves the pitch.
38' West Ham think they should have a free-kick as Perez leaves Fornals on the deck. It looks an innocuous challenge by the Spaniard on first glance but the replay shows Perez standing on Fornals' foot. VAR are taking a look...
36' Antonio wins possession of the ball but takes too long to figure out what to do it. Ndidi nips in to take the decision out of his hands.
34' West Ham get a corner down their right. Dawson positions himself well to meet it but can't get his header on target.
32' Leicester are starting to be more incisive in their passing. Maddison backheels a Pereira pass to Perez whose effort from just outside the box bounces wide.
30' Going behind seems to have woken Leicester up. Perez rolls in Pereira on the overlap. The Portuguese full-back blasts high and wide from a tight angle. Schmeichel had his near post covered but the power on the shot might have made it hard to save had it been on target.
28' Soucek almost makes it 2-0! The Czech midfielder drifts into the box to get on the end of a high cross and nods wide from close range.
S. Benrahma
Assist
26' Benrahma's start to the season has been promising and the Algerian did the basics right there to find Fornals. West Ham deserve their lead.
Pablo Fornals
Goal
26' GOAL! WEST HAM UNITED 1-0 LEICESTER CITY! West Ham intercept a Leicester pass in midfield and break forward quickly. Benrahma has the time to fire in a first-time cross from the left. Fornals arrives in the box to meet it and fires into the bottom right corner.
25' West Ham are seeing less of the ball but are looking far more likely to score first at the moment. Leicester look short of ideas.
23' Soucek clatters a speculative effort against a Leicester defender. West Ham keep pushing and Leicester eventually manage to play their way out.
21' Leicester haven't found their rhythm yet as Perez floats a high ball into the arms of Fabianski. Ogbonna makes a fantastic interception to stop Tielemans' throughball from finding the run of Vardy.
19' Antonio wins West Ham's first corner of the game as his cross deflects out of play. The corner lands to Maddison who goes down under pressure from Fornals, but play continues. Leicester stop play and West Ham get a shot away, only for the referee to eventually pull play back for the foul.
17' Dawson's slack pass briefly causes concern for West Ham as it goes straight to a Leicester player, but the hosts rush back to spare Dawson's blushes. Barnes jinks towards the byline and wants to find Vardy but West Ham's defenders soon crowd him out.
15' Antonio holds up the ball well and goes on the run through the heart of Leicester's midfield. The striker reaches the edge of the D before going for goal. His effort whistles just wide of the right-hand post.
14' Rice fires over from distance as a cross rebounds to him. This has been a tight game so far, with both teams looking fairly well-matched.
12' Maddison looks to beat two or three West Ham defenders down the left and hits the turf just outside the box. The referee is unmoved. Ndidi brings down Fornals and hands West Ham a free-kick.
10' Leicester are finding it hard to pass out of their own half at the moment as West Ham are staying compact and denying space in midfield. The hosts have been very well-drilled under Moyes, which played a big part in their qualification for Europe last season.
8' Cresswell eventually gets to his feet, rubbing his back. He might be bruised but he'll be fine.
7' Soyuncu fires a direct pass forward for Pereira. Cresswell collides with the Leicester right-back while challenging for the header and takes a knock to the back. He's stayed down for now.
5' West Ham regain the ball and it comes loose to Benrahma outside the box. The Algerian curls a shot towards the top right corner but it's close enough to Schmeichel for him to be able to pluck it out of the air.
4' Leicester start to get settled on the ball, passing the ball amongst themselves in their own third. West Ham are quite content to stay deep and wait to attack on the counter.
2' Both teams mount promising attacks early on. Vardy darts down the left to hook a cross into the box that West Ham clear. Antonio briefly has the space to race upfield but can't shake off the chasing visiting defenders.
1' The players take the knee and West Ham get this game underway!
The two sides are out on the pitch at the London Stadium. West Ham are in their traditional claret and blue home colours. Leicester are in their mint green away strip.
West Ham won 10 Premier League games at home last season, their highest top-flight tally since 2001-02. They also completed a league double over Leicester, including a riproaring 3-2 home win in April. Leicester have kept a clean sheet in just 11 per cent of their Premier League games against the Hammers. All this suggests there should be goals in this one.
Moyes names an unchanged 11 from West Ham's victory over Newcastle last week. Leicester are similarly unchanged from their 1-0 win over Wolves at the King Power Stadium. Jannik Vestergaard misses out with a knock so Amartey continues to deputise at centre-back.
SUBS: Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Danny Ward, Kelechi Iheanacho, Boubakary Soumare, Timothy Castagne, Marc Albrighton, Patson Daka, Hamza Choudhury, Dennis Praet.
LEICESTER CITY (4-2-3-1): Kasper Schmeichel (c); Ricardo Pereira, Daniel Amartey, Caglar Soyuncu, Luke Thomas; Youri Tielemans, Wilfred Ndidi; Ayoze Perez, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes; Jamie Vardy.
SUBS: Jamal Baptiste, Ben Johnson, Manuel Lanzini, Ryan Fredericks, Mark Noble, Alphonse Areola, Conor Coventry, Andriy Yarmolenko, Issa Diop.
WEST HAM UNITED (4-2-3-1): Lukasz Fabianski; Vladimir Coufal, Craig Dawson, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell; Declan Rice (c), Tomas Soucek; Jarrod Bowen, Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals; Michail Antonio.
Leicester, too, are looking like top-four contenders again after winning the Community Shield and their league opener against Wolves. Brendan Rodgers' men were particularly good on the road last season, with only the two Manchester clubs picking up more points away from home. The Foxes will need strong away form again if they are to make it back into the Champions League.
West Ham have started their campaign brightly after coming back to beat Newcastle United 4-2 at St James' Park last week. The Hammers have been free-scoring during David Moyes' second spell in charge of the club, with only last season's top four scoring more goals than their 94 since January 2020. Any fears of second season syndrome after finishing sixth last season may be unnecessary.
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