It’s only the finer margins which separate West Ham United and Leicester City this season.
Indeed, both teams have had real ups and downs in a rollercoaster season. Leicester’s superior experience has allowed them to grow under Brendan Rodgers, but Manuel Pellegrini’s will have taken heart from the Foxes’ loss to Newcastle United last week and there’s few doubting that the Irons can beat anyone on their day.
A game which is poised to be an end-to-end contest, it’s one which will be decided by the influencers in attack.
Interestingly, Felipe Anderson and James Maddison have both been the creative lynchpin of respective teams, while also adding valuable goals with their lethal nature. They’ll clash for bragging rights to determine the superior talent and get an important win for their respective teams.
Here’s a look at the battle.
Anderson really has proved to be a brilliant signing after joining for £34.2 million, so hats off to David Gold and David Sullivan for splashing the cash last summer.
Following an inspired display at Old Trafford, Anderson will be poised to light up the London Stadium once again. He clearly loves playing at home, but is long due a special night after last scoring at the London Stadium in December.
Anderson’s tricky movement and incisiveness in the final third can cause real problems. With Manuel Lanzini out, he’ll aim to fulfil multiple roles of creating and scoring against a shaken up Leicester side. The Brazilian’s experiencing inspired form and can use his clinical nature to blow away the shaky Foxes on Saturday.
TT Grade: A
Leicester’s signing of the season relishes a trip away and has been prolific in their away wins this season. Maddison’s recorded impressive stats with 7 goals and 6 assists in his debut Premier League season, utilizing his impressive creativity and eye for goal to bamboozle defences.
With West Ham’s defences in tatters, Maddison will be licking his lips. He’ll aim to take control of the game and assert dominance in the final third.
He’ll take his chances in trying the sleek defence-splitting passes will get more involved to score or just free up Jaime Vardy to get the job done. Still, it probably won’t be enough.
TT Grade: B+
With both sides being influential in their side’s success, this could be a hotly-contested battle. However, Anderson’s hot streak’s helped him display an unstoppable quality, which will be amplified by the home fans and can end up terrorizing Leicester and triumphing over Maddison’s creativity.
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