Leicester ended their negative streak in the Premier League this Wednesday, after beating West Ham 4-1 at the King Power Stadium. The party wasn’t completed mainly because of Jamie Vardy, one of the main players of the team, who left the field due to an injury still in the first half.
Needing the three points to recover themselves in the competition, the Foxes started pressing a lot and didn’t take that long to open the scoring. At the 24th minute, Ricardo Pereira chipped the ball beyond Randolph and towards the back post, where Harvey Barnes was waiting to send it to the bottom right corner.
The duo appeared again before the end of the first half. With 45+4 on the clock, it was time for Barnes to create space and slid the ball across the box to assist Pereira. The number 21 just latched onto the low ball and sent it into the net.
West Ham started threatening Schmeichel’s goal in the second half. The Hammers were able to score their consolation goal at the 50th minute after the referee awarded them a penalty. Noble took it and confidently fired straight down the middle of the goal. 2-1 and suddenly more pressure on the home side, that were without their main striker.
The match kept on busy, with both teams trying to create good opportunities. And it was Leicester who found the goal, two more times. The third goal came at the 81st minute, in a pen that Ayoze Perez stepped up and converted from the spot. The Spaniard made his second seven minutes later, after receiving a pass from Iheanacho.
After losing their last two matches, the 4-1 win was important for the Foxes. Now they go to 48 points, in the third place. Only 3 points away from second place, Manchester City.
The Hammers, on the other side, couldn’t keep on with their good streak and are with only 23 points. Both Bournemouth and Watford (18th and 19th place) have the same number of points.
Leicester’s next matches are both for cups. The first one, on Saturday, is for the 4th round of the FA Cup, where they will visit Brentford. The second is for the semifinal of the Carabao Cup, also away from home, against Aston Villa. West Ham will play on Friday, also for the FA Cup, at home against West Brom.