Filed: Saturday, 20th December 2014
By: Staff Writer
West Ham will spend Christmas in the Champions League zone should they manage a win over Leicester City at The Boleyn this afternoon.
A victory for Sam Allardyce's team at home to the league's bottom club would guarantee a top four slot for West Ham in the final game before the holiday season begins.
And the good news for Sam Allardyce is that he has virtually a fully fit squad to choose from, with Mark Noble expected to be the only omission through injury.
For those unable to attend the game in person, live updates will be provided throughout the afternoon on the official KUMB Forum match thread.
Meanwhile any live video streams will be listed in our 2014/15 season Live Streaming thread at kumb.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=153907. As always, you use these at your own peril.
KUMB.com will, as always, bring you a match summary at the final whistle, with the thoughts of both Sam Allardyce and his opposite number Nigel Pearson to follow later this evening.
Meanwhile why not join Preview Percy for all the facts, figures and pre-match frivolity before the game, in his weekly match preview...
Alternatively, get in the mood by tuning in to the latest KUMB West Ham Podcast - our final pod of 2014.
West Ham Utd vs Leicester: how they line up
West Ham Utd: To be confirmed.
Subs: To be confirmed.
Leicester City: To be confirmed.
Subs: To be confirmed.
Referee: Martin Atkinson.
Assistants: A Garratt, S Child.
Fourth Official: S Martin.
Stat man John: Northcutt's corner
Head to Head
Pld 121; West Ham Utd 50, Leicester City 42, Draws 29.
15th February 1923: Leicester City 0-6 West Ham Utd (Filbert Street, Division Two)
15th September 1928: Leicester City 5-0 West Ham Utd (Filbert Street, Division One)
8th November 1919: Leicester City 0-0 West Ham Utd (Filbert Street, Division Two)
Last Five Meetings
23rd April 2012: Leicester City 1-2 West Ham Utd (King Power Stadium, Championship)
29th October 2011: West Ham Utd 3-2 Leicester City (Boleyn Ground, Championship)
18th March 2005: West Ham Utd 2-2 Leicester City (Boleyn Ground, Championship)
7th August 2004: Leicester City 0-0 West Ham Utd (Walkers Stadium, Championship)
12th January 2002: West Ham Utd 1-0 Leicester City (Boleyn Ground, Premiership)
21st September 1974: West Ham Utd 6-2 Leicester City (Boleyn Ground, Division One)
In what was West Ham's biggest win of the 1974/75 campaign, Keith Robson enjoyed a league debut to remember. Having signed from Newcastle for £60,000 earlier in the week, Ron Greenwood and John Lyall switched from their favoured 4-4-2 formation in order to accomodate the 20-year-old striker who repaid his bosses' faith by scoring the last of West Ham's six goals - the others coming from Billy Jennings (2), Bobby Gould (2) and Billy Bonds. Leicester had taken the lead from the penalty spot courtesy of a Frank Worthington dive after 10 minutes; the long-haired forward, who rose to his feet to convert the spot kick was to score again in the 90th minute. The win was West Ham's second six-goal haul in three days having beaten Tranmere 6-0 in the League Cup three days earlier; it was to be another nine years before the Irons hit six in a game again, when recording a club record 10-0 win over Bury.
They Played For Both
Sid Bishop; Brian Deane; Paul Konchesky; Albert Carnelly; David Connolly; Tony Cottee; Les Ferdinand; Andy Impey; William Jackson; Peter Kyle; Colin Mackleworth; Fred Milnes; Mike Newell; Chris Powell; Norman Proctor; Jimmy Quinn; Keith Robson; Nobby Solano.
You're off! Red cards received
1994/95: Don Hutchison (h); 2000/01: Igor Stimac (h); 2004/05: Rufus Brevett (a).
Three former Hammers have managed Leicester City: Jimmy Bloomfield (1971-77), Frank O’Farrell (1968-71) and Martin Allen (2007).
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FA Cup third round draw - it's Everton [8th Dec 2014]
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Long ball, tall story [10th Nov 2014]
Hammers rise in all-time league table [18th Oct 2014]
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Noble snubbed again [2nd Oct 2014]
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