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West Ham United London Stadium E20 2ST

Located in the south of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the easiest and quickest mode of travel to games at London Stadium is by public transport.

Tube and Train

The quickest way to get to the stadium is to walk from Stratford Station. West Ham Station will be extremely busy on matchdays and it is advised that supporters find alternative direct routes to Stratford Station.

Stratford and Stratford International Station are served by: DLR, Jubilee and Central Line services; National Rail operated by C2C and Greater Anglia, London Overground and South Eastern trains. 

Pudding Mill Lane is a DLR station 10 mins walk away and Hackney Wick – a 20 min walk is served by London Overground

By train journey to London takes approx 2 hours , off peak return £62.50

Bus

Stratford Bus Station and Stratford City Bus Stations are located in close proximity to Stratford Station.

Buses that run to these stations are numbers: 25, 86, 97, 104, 108, 158, 241, 257, 262, 276, 308, 425, 473, D8.

Parking

There is no parking available at London Stadium and parking restrictions will be in place and enforced in the local area.

Where to drink

There are very few pubs in the immediate vicinity which welcome away fans. There are food and drink outlets in the Westfield shopping area near by or it may be easier to drink in central London prior to the game.

All information is provided in good faith but the Foxes Trust cannot be held responsible for any errors. Thanks to the Football Ground Guide.

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Outclassed

Leicester City 0 Manchester City 2 – 18 November 2017

Report by Tish Krokosz

Could we repeat last season’s outstanding performance? Could we inflict the first league defeat of the season on the leaders? The team selection for both sides was substantially different to last year so it did not seem likely that the flow of the game would be the same.

Leicester were set up with a 4-1-4-1 formation with Ndidi having the lonesome task of stopping the fluid flow of Manchester’s fast, adept and clinical midfield. Albrighton was brought in to fill the middle of the Leicester midfield – a role that he has not played before and one that looked beyond his capabilities. He is fast down the wings and can centre the ball with power. He did not look comfortable chasing the ball in the middle of the park. This role would normally have suited King or Okazaki. Puel is showing that he likes to make changes in set-up and personnel. I am not sure this choice was a successful one and Albrighton’s substitution was long overdue.

Leicester started in similar manner to last year’s game with Iborra sending a delightful pass to Vardy in the inside-left position in the third minute. Vardy was free of a marker and had a clear run on goal. He would have only Ederson to beat. But a cynical trip from Kompany ended Vardy’s run and the defender should have been punished with a red card. Mr. Scott had plenty of time to think about the incident before pulling out a yellow card. It was a gamble that Kompany felt he had to take and it paid off for him but not for Leicester as the resulting free-kick led to nothing. A 1-0 lead or a reduction of the opposition to 10 men this early in the match would have changed the course of the game.

The Manchester City defence would have been in tatters as, on 30 minutes, Stones dropped to the ground unchallenged. His match was ended with hamstring problems and he was replaced with Mangala.

Leicester’s attacks after the Vardy/Kompany incident were rare. Delph is not renowned for his defensive qualities and I thought Mahrez would waltz round him continuously. He managed only one memorable run to the bye line with the powerful cross bouncing off Kompany and being very close to an own goal.

Meanwhile, the game was controlled by David Silva and De Bruyne. Their long passes to Sané, who was often unmarked on the left wing, were inch perfect and he had several opportunities to send in lethal crosses. One of these was directed at Silva who half volleyed the ball towards goal, only for Schmeichel to make a super save and tip the ball over the bar. Earlier, Sané sent in a cross for Jesus to dive at. Luckily, the latter ended in the net rather than the ball which by-passed everyone and City had a throw in.

After relentless pressure, Manchester City got the goal they deserved just before half-time. They played it from the back using De Bruyne and Sterling to bring it to the Leicester penalty area. The latter threaded the ball through the Leicester defence knowing that someone would be running on to it. This time it was Silva that ran into the space left of the goal and he centred the ball to an unmarked Jesus who only had to tap it in. Our defence was static and mesmerised by the sheer brilliance of the move.

Despite my earlier criticism of the team selection, going in at half-time with only a one goal deficit was credit to the Leicester lads who had put in a lot of effort to nullify the Manchester machine. What was needed was a good start to the second half to wipe out the lead.

Again, 3 minutes into the half and Leicester were on the attack with the ball coming in from the right wing. It was headed back into the goal area and only half cleared by the defence. The ball fell to Maguire and he decided to have a crack and shot at goal. The ball hit the outside of the right post and bounced to safety to Fernandinho. He immediately clipped the ball to De Bruyne who was free to run with it. He looked up and saw that there were three light blue shirts charging up the pitch and he sent the ball into space on the left wing. Leicester were outnumbered 3-2 and were rushing back to plug the defence. By the time Sané looked up and saw De Bruyne free on the edge of the penalty area, Leicester had seven men back, and yet this was still not enough as the Belgian took one tap of the ball with his right foot and slammed it into the net with his left. Expectant joy had been turned into deflating misery within half a minute.

With a two goal lead, the League toppers could dictate the pace of the game and had the confidence to treat it almost as a practice match. Their passing was immaculate. I think I only counted three wayward passes throughout the match. It was a joy to watch the slick, one touch flicks and accurate crosses (at least for the away fans). In fact the Leicester fans must have appreciated it too as De Bruyne was clapped by many around the ground when he was substituted near the end – a compliment not often given to the opposition.

Manchester City had several more attempts on goal in the second half and Leicester were saved from embarrassment by Schmeichel. Most spectators thought they were watching the champions in waiting, even at this early stage of the season, and it is not hard to imagine Manchester City recording further rugby type scores against weaker opposition – and we have them again in the Carabao Cup. I just hope they put their under 23 side against us rather than the first team.

The group that Pep Guardiola has coached has moved on from last year. Their approach was entirely different and original. I noticed that, at their goal kicks, the players were spread out over most of the pitch. The three attackers were beyond the Leicester defence. The defenders were splayed around the penalty area and the midfield was using the whole width of the pitch. Leicester could not guess where Ederson would send the ball and wherever he put it the away team would invariably win the one-on-one ball and so keep possession. This made for a very open game – what a difference to the approach of twenty players squashed into a ten-yard wide band in the middle of the pitch.

Will Puel stick to the 4-1-4-1 formation for future matches or will he try something different yet again? We saw last season that City do not like too much tinkering. We need to find a formula that works and one that the players are comfortable with – the 4-2-3-1 used against Everton seemed to give a good result so why change it?

My initial hopes of a repeat of last year’s score could not be further from the eventual score. By the time the final whistle went, I was grateful that the defeat was not greater. On another day, we may have lost 6-0 so huge was the difference in class. Leicester hardly had a chance to show what we could do against this solid away team. But then again, if Kompany had been sent off at the beginning of the match ...?

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Ndidi, Mahrez (Slimani 83), Albrighton (Iheanacho 67), Iborra (Okazaki 83), Gray, Vardy. Subs not used: Hamer, Chilwell, King, Dragovic

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Stones (Mangala 31), Delph, Fernandinho, Sterling (B Silva 84), De Bruyne (Gundogan 89), D Silva, Sané, Jesus. Subs not used: Bravo, Danilo, Agüero, Touré.

Referee: Graham Scott                                 Attendance: 31,908

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View from the opposition – Man City

View from the opposition – Man City:

A bit about you:

Name: Adam Karim age 16

Current home town: Leicester

Birthplace: Leicester

How long have you supported your team?

For 7 years after my die-hard City supporting uncle persuaded me

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: The new tunnel area is a big improvement

Favourite match played by your team & why:

Beating QPR in last minute to win the league in 2012 of course! Recent match against Napoli when Aguero became club record goal scorer was pretty good too

Favourite player of all time who played for your club:

Sergio Aguero - he won the league for us!

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why?

Kevin De Bruyne – the king of assists!

Player in your squad we should most fear and why?

We are the #SharkTeam, so many choices! Sane has great pace and terrorises defences

Player in our squad you most fear and why?

Jamie Vardy – his speed can cause real problems

Up and coming prospect in your squad?

Gabriel Jesus 100%

Where do you think you’ll finish this season?

Champions!

How do you think you’ll do against us?

3-1 to us!

General Questions:

What did you think of the transfer activity both in and out of your club in the summer transfer window?

A lot of money well spent and some great players. Ederson has solved the goal keeping issue, defence is much stronger. Such a shame Mendy got injured earlier in the season, looked really strong

Where do you think you need to strengthen in the January transfer window?

Alexis Sanchez would be a nice buy

Which 3 teams do you think will go down?

Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, Swansea

Describe your season so far in ten words or less:

When teams swim with us we gobble them up

Any other comments?

It will be a different team visiting the King Power this season than the last.

Up Next – Manchester City

Manager        Pep Guardiola

Founded       1880            Ground         City of Manchester Stadium

Address       Etihad Campus M11 3FF

Capacity        55,097  

Squad:

1        Chile             GK     Claudio Bravo

2        England        DF      Kyle Walker

3        Brazil            DF      Danilo

4        Belgium        DF      Vincent Kompany (Captain)

5        England        DF      John Stones

7        England        MF      Raheem Sterling

8        Germany      MF      İlkay Gündoğan

10      Argentina     FW     Sergio Agüero

15      France           DF      Eliaquim Mangala

17      Belgium        MF      Kevin De Bruyne

18      England        MF      Fabian Delph

19      Germany      MF      Leroy Sané

20      Portugal       MF      Bernardo Silva

21      Spain            MF      David Silva

22      France           DF      Benjamin Mendy

24      England        DF      Tosin Adarabioyo

25      Brazil            MF      Fernandinho

30      Argentina     DF      Nicolás Otamendi

31      Brazil            GK     Ederson

33      Brazil            FW     Gabriel Jesus

35      Ukraine         MF      Oleksandr Zinchenko

42      Ivory Coast   MF      Yaya Touré

47      England        MF      Phil Foden

55      Spain            MF      Brahim Díaz

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information.

For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site: http://www.mcfc.co.uk/

FSF Awards 2017 shortlists announced

Fans can now vote across 10 categories for the 2017 FSF Awards including Player of the Year, Pundit of the Year and Best Radio show to name a few.

However the Foxes Trust Board would like to congratulate Jim Donnelly on being awarded Premier League SLO of the year, he is named alongside 6 SLO’s from Football League clubs.

If you would like to cast your vote, read through the nominations and then vote via taking this link 

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