West Ham supervisor David Moyes is within the highlight forward of his aspect’s journey to Leicester on Sunday, with the build-up overshadowed by the fallout from a video exhibiting defender Kurt Zouma bodily abusing his cat. The Hammers have upset the percentages to guide Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham within the battle for a spot within the subsequent season’s Champions League. But Moyes’ resolution to play Zouma in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Watford, simply hours after a video emerged of the Frenchman kicking and slapping his pet, was seen by many as a misjudgement. West Ham have fined the 27-year-old France worldwide “the maximum amount possible”, understood to be about £250,000 ($340,000), however the incident has been damaging, with the London membership shedding sponsors.
Moyes’ resolution to play Zouma on Tuesday has been fiercely criticized by outstanding sporting and political figures.
“He should be dropped. I don’t know what they were thinking of playing him the other night,” said Keir Starmer, the leader of the opposition Labor Party. “That was just a mistake.”
More than 300,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Zouma to be prosecuted as the public backlash intensifies in a country renowned for its love of animals.
Moyes is not the only manager under pressure at the King Power on Sunday, with Brendan Rodgers scrambling to revive Leicester’s fortunes.
Rodgers was touted as a candidate to be Manchester United’s next permanent boss earlier in the season after leading Leicester to FA Cup glory for the first time in the club’s history.
However, their cup defense ended in an embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Championship side Nottingham Forest last weekend and a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool on Thursday left them languishing in the 12th spot in the table.
MAN UTD STUMBLE
Manchester United and Tottenham also have to bounce back from poor midweek results that cost them ground in the race for the top four.
United were held 1-1 at bottom-of-the-table Burnley, while Spurs blew a 2-1 lead late on to lose 3-2 at home to Southampton.
Tottenham could drop as low as eighth if they lose to Wolves on Sunday and manager Antonio Conte is not confident of their chances of climbing into the top four despite having games in hand.
“This season we are going to struggle to get three points,” mentioned the Italian.
“If we want to grow and try to be competitive as a team, the first thing you have to improve is stability. Not be up and down, up and down.”
Frank Lampard additionally suffered a disappointing begin to life within the Premier League with Everton on Tuesday as a 3-1 defeat at Newcastle left the Toffees perilously positioned simply above the relegation zone.
Everton have been in England’s high flight since 1954 however are sinking like a stone, with only one win of their previous 15 league video games.
Leeds’ journey to Goodison Park on Saturday offers Lampard’s crew the prospect to earn themselves some respiratory area, with relegation-threatened Norwich going through leaders Manchester City and Burnley internet hosting Liverpool.
FIXTURES (all instances GMT)
Manchester United v Southampton (1230), Brentford v Crystal Palace, Everton v Leeds, Watford v Brighton (all 1500), Norwich v Manchester City (1730)
Burnley v Liverpool, Newcastle v Aston Villa, Tottenham v Wolves (all 1400), Leicester v West Ham (1630)