Manuel Pellegrini on the loss of Leicester and his future as manager

Subsequent home games with Crystal Palace, Sheffield United, Newcastle, Tottenham and Arsenal gave West Ham a paltry point, and pressure increased on Pellegrini when his team lost another lead to lose 2-1 at Crystal Palace the day after Christmas.

The Hammers slipped to their fourth straight home defeat against Leicester on Saturday evening and lie one point above the relegation zone.

Rice's direct rival on the pitch Wilfried Ndidi will be asked to do a similar role on the pitch and whoever comes on top in the individual battle could have a big say in the overall winners of the game.

Liverpool's game at West Ham, which was due to take place last weekend but postponed because of their involvement in the Club World Cup, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 29.

A run of just two wins in 13 matches means time may not be on Manuel Pellegrini's side as he tries to find a winning formula.

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Under-fire boss Pellegrini meanwhile will be waiting on the news of fitness tests in relation to goalkeepers David Martin and Lukasz Fabianski who would replace Roberto.

The 23-year old has impressed this season, especially in the Champions League where he scored three goals in the group stages, including one against Liverpool at Anfield in October.

Leicester: Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Perez, Maddison, Ndidi, Tielemans, Albrighton; Vardy. "We are all working hard every minute of the day to get better and better".

Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remain out through injury so we should see Naby Keita and Gini Wijnaldum keeping their places in the Liverpool midfield against Wolves.

Before welcoming Leicester, the Chilean said, "I think this is an issue we need to improve on because we lost too many points at home". I hope in the next few games we can continue having good results'. That was a tough time for us and I think we have learned a lot from it.

  • Lawrence Cooper