At a time of thanksgiving, West Ham United vs Leicester City features two managers, David Moyes and Claude Puel, who have to be thankful for another Premier League management opportunity. Moyes’ tenure at Sunderland was dreadful, sinking the club to the championship after ten seasons eating at the top table of English football. Puel was better in his lone season at Southampton, but an eighth place finish was not enough to keep his job.
West Ham have won only two games this season, currently sitting in the relegation zone, an all too familiar place for Moyes. A monumental task awaits to improve the fortunes of a team that was expected to carve out solid mid-table territory after spending on players like Marko Arnautovic and Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez. Moyes’ first priority for his West Ham campaign should be to fortify a defense that has conceded the most goals in the league thus far. Brave enough to invest in the Hammers this week? Aaron Cresswell and Manuel Lanzini are the punts.
As the manager of Leicester City, Puel has tallied a win, a draw and a loss thus far. A promising start to say the least, one I'm sure he hopes mirrors his time at Southampton at minimum. A win over the underachievers in London will help. The Leicester players to consider are old favorites Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy who have a goal each under the new manager.
Hope you set your lineups in time everyone. Are you watching today or will you be doing some Black Friday shopping?