West Ham United and Leicester City will go head-to-head in a game on Saturday at the London Stadium in a game that could have major implications on the race for seventh-place.
The Foxes currently occupy the spot at the moment and looking more likely than their counterparts, with just four games of the Premier League, it is still a place up for grabs with a number of sides still jostling for position.
With what might be considered a ‘must-win’, the strikers will have to play a key role, which could see the likes of Marko Arnautovic and Jamie Vardy come into play for both Manuel Pellegrini and Brendan Rodgers at the weekend.
However, when looking at the duo, who would be the better man to spearhead the attack? Let’s take a closer look at the pair in this battle below.
Arnautovic has become somewhat a frustration for West Ham fans this season, especially since the whole charade regarding whether he would be moving to China or not in the winter transfer window. One moment he looked as though he was packing his bags and the next news broke that he had signed a new contract to remain a Hammer.
What does look apparent is that he could definitely be on his way out of London in the summer as his attitude and performances on the pitch have been far from the standard that the Irons fans have come to witness and love from the Austrian.
However, if West Ham are to be able to pick up three points on Saturday, Arnautovic is going to need to turn up and be at his very best to provide them with a chance. He looked a tad like himself in the defeat against Chelsea before missing the encounter with Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend.
Just seven goals in his 24 matches so far does not make for great reading, however, he certainly has the capability of adding to it if his performance against Chelsea was anything to go by and there will be no better way for him to start than against Leicester.
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Vardy may have had a rather patchy start to the season under Claude Puel, however, the arrival of Brendan Rodgers appears to have given him a new lease of life.
The former England international has started to fire on all cylinders and has been in fine goalscoring form for the Foxes as they look to finish as the ‘best of the rest’ in the Premier League. In his last nine Premier League matches, he has recorded eight goals to take his tally to 15 for the campaign.
The 32-year-old, who is valued at £18million (Transfermarkt), has thrived as Leicester’s talisman over the past few seasons, including when they lifted an unforgettable title back in the 2015/16 campaign, and despite his age, has shown no signs of letting up recently.
It was a disappointing performance against Newcastle United last time out for Vardy and the Foxes, however, that may have made him as dangerous as ever in front of goal as he looks to continue that red-hot purple patch he had prior to the encounter.
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Arnautovic and Vardy have been both been key talisman for their respective clubs, however, the Englishman would have to be the sole winner of this particular battle.
The 32-year-old comes across as a more reliable threat in front of goal and provides a sense of comfortability as you know what you are going to get with him, whereas any version of the Austrian can turn up on any given day.
Vardy is the type of player West Ham have been crying out for and they will be hoping he does not get a sniff of the action on Saturday afternoon.
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