Oxford, Zarate and Randolph could be key for West Ham's League Cup clash

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Taking a look at three players who could be key for West Ham against Leicester City.

West Ham United take on Leicester City in the third round of the Capital One Cup with both sides knowing they have a realistic chance of excelling in this competition after brilliant starts to their respective league campaigns.

West Ham’s away form means they will be confident of securing the victory this evening but Leicester are a tough side to crack these days, their resilience clear to see under new manager Claudio Ranieri.

Here we take a look at three players who could be key for West Ham if they want to upset the Foxes in their own backyard:

Darren Randolph

West Ham will almost certainly make changes for this match but in Randolph they have a goalkeeper who impressed when he stood in for the suspended Adrian.

Randolph kept clean sheets against Liverpool and Newcastle United and he was unlucky to be back on the bench for the recent victory against Manchester City.

Leicester have proved very good in attack this season and the Irishman will be busy keeping them at bay.

Reece Oxford

Reece Oxford has been used sparingly since his outstanding performance against Arsenal on the opening weekend, but do not be surprised to see the 16-year-old feature against the Foxes.

He deserves chances this season and has the talent to be a key player for West Ham as they bid to reach the fourth round of the competition.

Mauro Zarate

Striker Mauro Zarate was on the bench against City and he should feature against Leicester as he bids to add to the two goals and two assists he already has this season.

West Ham have plenty of attacking options these days but as manager Slaven Bilic attempts to keep everyone fresh, it should give Zarate another chance to stake his own claim for more minutes in the league.

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