* West Ham secured a deserved 2-0 win at Leicester
* Hammers moved close to safety from relegation on 38 points
* Joao Mario scored the opener after 34 minutes
* Leicester, beaten 5-0 last week, were below par again
* Mark Noble netted a fine second goal after 64 minutes
* Leicester home to Arsenal next; West Ham host Manchester United
May 5 (Reuters) - West Ham United improved their prospects of avoiding relegation from the Premier League with deserved 2-0 victory at below-par Leicester City on Saturday.
West Ham, who moved on to 38 points and should be safe with two home games remaining, were the brighter side from the start and deserved their lead after 34 minutes.
The lively Marko Arnautovic hit the bar, then regained possession and laid on a pass to give Portuguese international Joao Mario a simple goal. Leicester protested in vain that Arnautovic had fouled Christian Fuchs.
Booed off at halftime, the hosts improved a little with a double substitution but conceded again in the 64th minute to Mark Noble’s fine volley. Leicester remained ninth in the table. (Reporting by Steve Tongue, editing by Ed Osmond)