The Hammers head into the fixture off the back of what has been a torrid run, having won once in their last five in the league, and dropped as low as 15th, with just two points separating them from the relegation zone.
Whilst their European form has been nothing short of sensational, it seems that manager David Moyes seems incapable of translating their six wins from six into domestic success.
Following what was expected to be a transformative summer of big spending, it appears that the Irons have regressed with their early season form and will be hoping that a win at the London Stadium could bring the feelgood factor back with a lengthy break inbound.
To give themselves the best possible chance of this, the Scotsman must consider dropping the consistently underwhelming Tomas Soucek from the starting side, given how he has scored just once all season despite joining as a forward-thinking midfielder.
The 27-year-old titan had initially been an instant hit in the capital – with his debut season boasting a tally of ten league goals across the season – although the Czech Republic international’s drought has drawn questions about his benefits outside of scoring.
It is not just his lack of goals that has provoked his critics, however, but the 6 foot 3 goliath’s overall displays have not been good enough., with journalist Alan Rzepa outlining his “awful mentality” after his shocking display in their loss against Everton.
Another journalist in Josh Bunting took to Twitter to critique the midfielder at the back end of October, stating: “West Ham need to take Tomas Soucek out of the team for a period, has struggled all season.”
His time is now up, and he must be dropped for this all-important clash with the Foxes.