Prior to this game, Leicester hadn’t won a single game on the road this Premier League season. Of course, they had to do it at West Ham, they just had to.
Another disappointing game from West Ham- they were slow off the blocks (the lesser we speak of the defence the better), and had plenty of chances to draw or even win the game, but eventually finished on the wrong side of a 3-2 scoreline and gave Craig Shakespeare the record of being the first Leicester manager to start his Premier League campaign with three straight wins
With Noble out injured (not withstanding his comments in the lead up to the game), Slav opted to push Kouyate into midfield and start with Byram at right back. Another change was Ayew for Sofiane Feghouli.
However the game started in the worst possible fashion for the Hammers, who were 2-0 down within the first seven minutes. In the fifth minute, Mahrez put in a cross and Randolph, who obviously expected either Fonte or Okazaki to get a head to it, was fooled and ahead went Leicester. Two minutes later, it was 2-0 to the Foxes, with some more shambolic defending. A set piece routine between Mahrez and Albrighton saw the latter produce a fantastic outside of the boot cross, and Robert Huth was quickest to react to head home.
To make things worse, Reid went off injured, necessitating the introduction of Snodgrass and a positional switch for Kouyate.
Lanzini scored from a marvellous free kick to make it 2-1, with Schmeichel not moving an inch as the Argentine curled his effort over the wall. However shortly before half time, Leicester’s two goal advantage was restored. Carroll missed his defensive header from a corner and after a melee, the ball fell to Vardy, who stabbed home from close range (this was also his first game with both an assist and a goal in the same fixture since March 2015)
West Ham were decisively better after half time. Lanzini forced Schmeichel to tip the ball away from another free kick and from the resulting corner, Carroll headed the ball down to Ayew, who made it 3-2.
Leicester, who had beaten Sevilla in midweek, were clearly knackered, and forced deeper and deeper into their own half as the game progressed. West Ham were hurt by Obiang’s injury, which resulted in Edimilson being introduced and the seeming lack of urgency from Snodgrass, who seemed to prefer to pass it to Byram rather than attempt to create something on his own (was he playing within his limits owing to a knock?)
Nevertheless West Ham had three or four clear chances towards the end- with Schmeichel producing two brilliant saves to deny Carroll and Ayew blasting over the bar after a marauding Antonio run.
Masuaku had a good outing after replacing Cresswell, and should rightly expect more opportunities on the back of this performance.
Leicester hung on to pick up all three points, with West Ham left to lick their wounds and cost the count of their injuries.
West Ham 2 (Lanzini, Ayew) lost to Leicester 3 (Mahrez, Huth, Vardy)
Subs used: R.Snodgrass, E.Fernandes and A.Masuaku