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West Ham and Leicester City - Too Good To Go Down?

Saturday 3rd December 2016
It's one of football's oldest cliches, but in terms of this season, that is exactly what is necessary. If one was to look at the examples of West Ham and defending champions Leicester City, it's clear to see why. In the case of both sides, both really impressed last season but have struggled this season .
East London side West Ham defeated sides such as Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea along the way to finishing seventh last term. What made this feat all the more impressive for Slaven Billic's men was the fact that his side played some eye-catching and attractive football along the way to achieve those results.

This season, however, things have been much different. An opening day defeat to Chelsea is far from the worst result because not many sides will beat Chelsea this year, but what has been of concern for The Hammers and their fans alike has been their poor form ever since the opening day.

For West Ham to be languishing as low as they are is stating the obvious that results have not been good enough, but what has been the most concerning issue for boss Slaven Bilic has been how open his side have been this season.

After Saturday's match against Arsenal where they conceded five, the signs are very worrying for the West Ham hierarchy. Before the match against The Gunners, West Ham United had shipped four goals against Manchester United in the EFL Cup.

It's not the first time they have conceded that many goals in a game either. Matches against Watford and West Brom have been further evidence of Billic needing a defender or two in the transfer window, possibly in the mould of himself!

Management is a cut throat business and although I don't think the Croat will be shown the door, I won't be surprised if the West Ham owners decide to wield the axe if results don't improve. In my own humble opinion, I think The Hammers' board will give their man time and allow him to rectify the weaknesses in the side, but it's getting to crunch time for Slaven Bilic and his job at West Ham United.

Another club who are arguably in just a big of a crisis as West Ham are defending champions Leicester. The Foxes who of course were surprisingly crowned champions after a stellar season last year have really struggled to get anywhere near those dizzy heights this season.

The reason for this looks to be that Claudio Ranieri and his men have struggled to manage to play twice a week due to European football. This problem for the defending champions has left them precariously placed.

Leicester have been far too open and it could be argued that both Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy have been found out, due to both players struggling for top form. The saving grace for Italian Claudio Ranieri is that his heroics last season, coupled with Leicester's Champions League performances should be enough to keep him his job.

Now although I think both will be safe, one thing is for certain in the football world, nothing is certain. Remember the West Ham side that included the likes of Joe Cole, or what about the Newcastle side of last season and the Newcastle side that were relegated under the management of Alan Shearer.

So West Ham and Leicester, just bear that in the back of your minds (the fate of those teams).
Ayyaz Malik

Hi guys, I am Ayyaz. I type by day and I type by night, I type what others are thinking. I eat, drink and sleep football (I think in that order) . Watching football is part of my five a day. They say money makes the world go round, yeah right we all know it's football that makes the world go round. I am a Manchester United fan for my sins.


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