West Ham United U23 v Leicester City U23: Everything you need to know
West Ham United U23 hope to continue their incredible 2021/22 Premier League 2 campaign when they host counterparts Leicester City at the Rush Green Stadium on Monday January 24.
While the Premier League 2 match is being played behind closed doors, fans will be able to watch via our free live stream, available on the West Ham United YouTube channel here!
Read on for everything you need to know ahead of this Premier League 2 encounter…
The story so far
With 11 wins from 16 league appearances so far this season, West Ham United’s U23s are enjoying life at the top of the Premier League 2 Division 1.
Unbeaten in nine games in all competitions, Mark Robson’s Hammers have won five of the last six league games, only drawing in their last league game, a 1-1 result at Arsenal.
It means the Irons are two points clear at the top of the division, with 35 points, having played one game more than second-placed Manchester City. Tottenham Hotspur are currently third with 29 points, while Arsenal sit fourth with 28.
When was the last time the young Hammers tasted defeat in the league? The away match against Monday’s opponents.
Leicester City are a growing team in Premier League 2.
After a difficult 2020/21 campaign, which saw the Foxes finish second in the Premier League 2 Division 1, the Midlands side appear to have found more consistency in the 2021/22 season, picking up 19 points from 15 games played so far. now just three short of their tally from last season.
A late win last time out – a 2-1 win at home to Brighton & Hove Albion – saw Leicester get their just rewards for a demanding performance, with Wanya Marcal-Madivadua winning for their fourth league goal of the season. .
Marcal-Madivadua isn’t the only name West Ham will have to watch for in Monday night’s game.
Left winger Tawanda Maswanhise, who joined Leicester last summer, has five goals in 18 U23 appearances this season, while midfielder Kasey McAteer’s excellent form saw him make his senior debut, with an exit in the FA Cup and the Premier League.
Midfielder Wanya Marçal also made his first appearance for Leicester’s senior side in the FA Cup this season. The 19-year-old has impressed in his 13 Premier League 2 outings, scoring four goals.
Young Foxes will look to follow in the footsteps of notable names to graduate from the Leicester City Academy system, such as the iconic Gary Lineker and the legendary Peter Shilton and, in recent years, the likes of Ben Chillwell, Harvey Barnes and Luc Thomas .
In Steve Beaglehole, Leicester City have an Under-23 manager who knows the club inside out. First part of the youth team formation under Martin O’Neill’s time as the team’s first manager in the 1990s, Beaglehole has been a mainstay for the Foxes ever since and has even taken the interim control of the first team at various times in the past. year.
The 61-year-old took charge of Leicester City’s development squads in the 2012-13 season and moved into managing the U23 side at the start of 2019.
West Ham United and Leicester have faced each other ten times in U23 football, with the advantage firmly with the away team on Monday. The Foxes hold five wins over the Irons, with West Ham winning three.
The last time
West Ham U23s headed to the reverse game in early November after a run of four Premier League 2 Division 1 wins, including an incredible 6-0 win at home to Manchester United and a 4-3 victory at Tottenham Hotspur. .
However, with the Hammers flying high, it was Leicester City who handed the Irons a third league defeat of the season at their training ground.
It was West Ham who had taken the lead with the first chance of the game, eight minutes on, when Armstrong Okoflex netted with a side-foot for the first time after the home side failed to clear a cross properly .
There was a makeshift touch on the Leicester leveler just before half-time as the ball bounced off Jamal Baptiste’s shin and into the net for an unlucky own goal.
It was the Foxes who won all three points from the death, with Wanya Marcal-Madivadua’s shot deflecting Harrison Ashby’s slide to wrap it up in 90+4 minutes.
What they say
Mark Robson, West Ham United U23 head coach: “Leicester are next game on Monday and if I can see what I saw against Exeter, both in possession and out of possession and work ethic, I’ll be delighted. Everything was really good and I’m proud of the boys and Staff.
Gonçalo Cardoso has been recalled from his loan spell with FC Basel and has agreed to join Real Betis in La Liga on loan for the remainder of the 2021/22 campaign.
Signing on loan for Betis, Cardoso is once again linking up with Manuel Pellegrini, the manager who signed him for West Ham United in August 2019.
How can I follow?
West Ham United U23’s Premier League 2 match against Leicester City U23 will be played behind closed doors at Rush Green Stadium, and kicks off at 4pm on Monday 24 January.
You can watch the game LIVE on West Ham’s YouTube channel and whufc.com!
You can also follow updates via our live blog at whufc.com from 3:30 p.m. and Twitter updates, and there will be post-match reactions and highlight articles available Monday evening and Tuesday morning.