Adrian Clarke looks at key tactical points in Matchweek 4.
The Hammers have had more headed efforts on goal than any other side in 2020/21.
Delivering pinpoint crosses from wide areas, both in open play and from set-pieces, David Moyes's side have caused opponents a host of problems.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers will be extra wary as two of the four goals his own side have conceded arrived via headers from dead-ball situations.
|2020/21||West Ham||PL ranking|
|Successful open play crosses||13||2nd|
From a tactical perspective it will be crucial for Leicester to stop those West Ham crosses at source.
After 270 minutes of action this term their total of 32 chances created is second only to the 41 recorded by Liverpool.
Considering that Moyes has used a solid-looking 5-4-1 shape for the past couple of matches, that is an impressive feat.
His wing-backs deserve some credit for this surge in creativity.
Indeed, Fredericks is the Premier League's most creative defender, so it is a real blow he is out injured until after the international break.
Leicester are playing superbly right now but West Ham have the ability to spring a surprise.
They fully deserved to beat Wolves 4-0 and were unfortunate to lose at Arsenal in a match where they outshot the Gunners by 14 to seven.
Bowen and Fornals are in excellent form, Antonio's muscular approach provides a wonderful springboard for counter-attacks and defensively they have found a better groove.
Facing an average of only 2.33 shots on target per match at the moment, Moyes' men will travel in a confident mindset.