David Moyes’ struggling West Ham are back at home as they host Claude Puel and his slowly improving Leicester City.
West Ham have picked up just two wins out of their six home games as they sit in the bottom three of the Premier League table.
Leicester are on the up after their dreadful start to the season saw Craig Shakespeare suffer the same fate as Slaven Bilic at West Ham, an early season sacking.
Friday’s match at the Olympic Stadium is a real six pointer for West Ham already as they aim to distance themselves from a relegation fight.
In their last six, The Hammers have just one win to their name, but are winless in their last five since that victory at home to fellow strugglers Swansea. Defeats to Brighton, Liverpool and Watford means that West Ham are now dragged back into the wrong end of the table.
Leicester have lost just once in their last six, that being a relatively expected loss to table toppers Manchester City last week. A 2-2 draw at Stoke and a home win against Everton means that manager Claude Puel has distanced The Foxes from any sort of relegation concern since his arrival last month.
West Ham will still be without Mexico striker Javier Hernandez, winger Michail Antonio and defender James Collins through injury.
Andre Ayew is fit after illness ruled him out at Vicarage Road and Marko Arnautovic, who looked to have suffered a horrific injury at Watford, is fully fit with both players expected to start on either wing.
Leicester boss Puel has no fresh injury worries, but continues to be without Robert Huth. The defender is yet to play this season as he continues to battle a knee injury while Matty James is also sidelined with an Achilles problem.
Puel suggested he is unlikely to rotate his squad following last weekend’s defeat to Manchester City as captain Wes Morgan will start alongside Harry Maguire, who continues to make a huge impact since his summer move from Hull City.
Jamie Vardy is back amongst the goals with six so far this season, he will again start up front as he eyes challenging for the golden boot once again.
Score Prediction: West Ham United 1-1 Leicester City