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Behind Enemy Lines: West Ham United

They beat Newcastle - still counts for 3 points!

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Wolverhampton Wanderers

Form: W

League position: 4th


What to expect

Well we know they’ll play us hard; Moyes’ Hammers were the only team to take 6 points from Leicester City last year.

In their opening fixture, they looked particularly proficient going forward as they came away with 4 goals, albeit only against Newcastle.

The combination of Bowen, Benrahma and Fornals provided plenty of creativity behind long time Fosse Posse transfer target Michail Antonio. We all know about Tomas Soucek’s goal scoring capability and the fullbacks can get forward too.

West Ham showed themselves to be a very capable team last season, but the Foxes should still be favourites.

Key Player

As good as they were in attack last week, the Hammers looked very susceptible at the back, as they fell behind twice in the first half before the comeback.

If they’re going to keep the Foxes’ attacking threats quiet, it’s going to be a big game for Declan Rice. The England regular isn’t in the same tier as Wilfred Ndidi, whatever some of their fans might say, but he’s the key part of their defensive line up.

Fantasy Impact

After all I just said about the opposition’s attacking threat and lack of defensive stability, there’s no way I would pick a defender on either team, right? Especially not with Jamie Vardy in form.

But I just love some Luke Thomas. He’s cheap, part of a pretty strong defence, a definite starter with Bertrand still out and always a threat to provide an assist.