Leicester had luck on their side as Wilfred Ndidi’s late deflected effort secured a 1-1 draw against 10-man West Ham. The big team news for the Foxes was the benching of Jamie Vardy, who has been struggling with a stomach problem, and he was one of four changes made by Claude Puel. Manuel Pellegrini had his own issues, with Marko Arnautovic out of the squad due to a knee problem, while Grady Diangana was chosen as Andriy Yarmolenko’s replacement. The game almost got off to a stunning start as Kelechi Iheanacho had a first-minute goal ruled out before Marc Albrighton shot wide.
West Ham came into it with a clever effort from Felipe Anderson before they took the lead on the half-hour mark. Anderson crossed a free-kick to Declan Rise, who cleverly nodded across to Fabian Balbuena and he headed against the post and then smartly followed up to fire home.The Hammers seemed to have the Foxes at arm’s length but were hit by a blow when captain Mark Noble was handed a red card for a lunge on Ndidi. Leicester could not find an equaliser before the interval and Puel used the break to introduce Vardy, who immediately headed over in what soon became a game of defence and attack.n Vardy missed another free header and then Harry Maguire looped a nodded effort on to the bar, prompting a feeling it would not be Leicester’s night.
The home crowd were becoming as frustrated as the players, with a string of offsides culminating in Ndidi seeing an effort chalked off.Luck finally shone on Leicester after 89 minutes when Ndidi saw his effort from distance take a wild deflection off Balbuena and flew into the top corner of Lukasz Fabianski’s net. The West Ham players were distraught but managed to hold out for a draw although there was a late worry for Leicester as Daniel Amartey was stretchered off with what looked a bad injury to his left leg.