Leeds United vs West Ham Football Predictions and Betting : Leeds United are set to host West Ham in an interesting clash at the Elland road on Friday, 11th December 2020. Leeds are coming off a loss against Chelsea whereas West Ham suffered loss at the hands of Manchester United hampering their progress to the top 5.
West Ham have the momentum going into the clash while Leeds United are expected to go in as the favorites on Friday. Overall, it will be an entertaining clash to look forward to.
Marcelo Bielsa's team is favored to win by most of the prediction and betting platform.
Leeds United vs West Ham : Team News
Leeds United star defender Robin Koch will not be part of West Ham clash on Friday. The Club confirmed that he will be undergoing a knee surgery.
As per TBR Football, Spainard Diego Llorente may start in place of Koch in the upcoming match. Rodrigo too may get the chance to be part of Starting XI.
Accoding to portal (TBR Football) Leeds may go with the combination of 4-1-4-1 which may included : Bamford, Harrison Klich, Rodrigo, Raphinha, Phillips, Dallas, Cooper, Llorente, Avling and Meslier (GK)
However, on Wednesday, Leeds United's manager addressed the press conference and Llorente will not be available for the game against West Ham. Marcelo Bielsa said, "Rodrigo is going to come in for Llorente, and the 11 is going to be: Meslier, Dallas, Ayling, Cooper, Alioski, Phillips, Raphinha, Klich, Rodrigo, Harrison, Bamford"
Therefore the starting XI for this game for Leeds would be : Meslier, Dallas, Ayling, Cooper, Alioski, Phillips, Raphinha, Klich, Rodrigo, Harrison, Bamford
On the other hand, West Ham manager David Moyes is yet to name the Starting XI for Friday night clash with Leeds.
Leeds United vs West Ham predictions and betting analysis: Recent form
The West Ham United had a dismal 2019 season after a 16th place finish in the league that put the manager David Moyes under a lot of scanner. But it seemed like the side has learnt a lesson or two looking at how they have approached their 2020 campaign so far.
They didn’t have one of the best starts to the season with back to back defeats against Arsenal and New Castle. They managed victories against Wolves, Leicester City, Fulham and Aston Villa but drew against Manchester City, Liverpool.
In their recent most outing, they were taken down by Manchester United with a 3-1 margin. They are occupying the 7th spot in the table with 5 victories and 4 losses.
Leeds have had their share of success after getting promoted to the Premier League but need some luck on their side to stay out of relegation zone. They started their journey with a hard-fought game against the defending champions at Anfield.
They grabbed victories against Fulham and Sheffield United but faced an unlikely defeat against Wolves. Despite taking down Aston Villa, their campaign derailed thanks to consecutive losses against the likes of Leicester and Crystal Palace.
They put up a spirited performance against Arsenal to hold them to a draw and secured an unlikely victory against Everton the coming week. In their recent outing, they were crushed by Chelsea with a 3-1 margin putting them in 15th spot in the points table with 14 points in 11 games.
Leeds vs West Ham Football Predictions and Betting Tips : Head-to-head
Matches: 12 : Leeds United: 6 West Ham: 1 Draw: 5
Last 5 games: Leeds United – 2, West Ham – 0, Draw – 3.
Recent Meeting: Leeds were held to a 1-1 draw by West Ham in a EFL Cup fixture.
Leeds vs West Ham Odds and Predictions: Offensive and defensive stats
Leeds would field 4-1-4-1 combination to counter attack the underdogs at home whereas the West Ham will go in with a 3-4-2-1 formation to help them secure an important win over the weekend.
Leeds didn’t have a particularly good game against Chelsea but managed to net on one occasion. For Leeds United, Jack Harrison has been a quality winger and a force to deal with who is impressive in creating chances and has 75.6% success in passes along with a goal and 3 assists in 10 games.
He will be accompanied by the striker Patrick Bamford who is on a roll for the team with 8 goals, one assist in 11 outings and needs to step up when they face a quality team like West Ham. He also provides with 3.9 shots on target and 0.5 key passes per game.
Apart from them, the likes of Klich, Helder Costa and Hernandez will have to assume responsibility on the front lines.
Looking at West Ham’s attack, it seems that Sebastien Haller has a huge task in hand as a striker. He has scored 7 goals in the last 15 games and has 57.9% success in passes along with 0.8 dribbles and 0.8 key passes every game so far. Despite having an average of 1.3 shots per game, he has struggled to convert them to goals.
He will have to be backed up by the likes of Lanzini and Pablo Fornals who haven’t yet found their form for the team. Fornals has been proactive in the middle with 2 goals and 2 assists in 11 games along with 78.2% pass success.
Manuel Lanzini has 3 goals and 80% pass accuracy along with 0.4 shots on target in the recent games. Tomas Soucek scored an important brace against Chelsea stressing his versatility in the midfield.
The backline of the Leeds will have to be guarded well with their opponents possessing a strong attack. It is important for someone like Robin Koch to lead from the front. In the last 16 appearances, he has 1.7 tackles, 2 interceptions and 1.8 clears per game along with 88.7% passing accuracy.
He will be joined by Luke Ayling who has 77.4% success in passes in addition to 1.6 clears and 2.9 tackles in every game so far. Liam Cooper’s strengths include passing and aerial duels. He has won 3.6 aerial duels in every outing along with 2.5 tackles and 86.8% pass accuracy.
The trio will be supported by Dallas and Struijk who are a force to deal in this season so far.
The backline of Ogbonna, Cresswell and Balbuena will have to throw in a formidable challenge against Leeds.
Center back Angelo Ogbonna has 80.5% pass success along with 4.5 clears per match which might turn out to be significant in the coming match. Ogbonna’s strength lies in blocking along with winning the aerial duels with an average of 2.4 aerials won per game.
Aaron Cresswell is a versatile player for the team who not only defends but creates chances. He has 3 assists in 6 games at 82.2% pass accuracy along with 1.4 tackles and 2.7 clears in the recent past.
Fabin Balbuena is an asset to the team with his intercepting skills and scored an all- important goal against Spurs in October. This match will be a test of West Ham’s defense against quality attack of the Leeds.
Leeds United vs West Ham Today Match Predictions: Predicted Winner
The match between Leeds United and West Ham is scheduled to be held in the Elland Road stadium on 11th December at 8 pm local time. Leeds United suffered a defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge whereas West Ham bowed down against Manchester United.
The betting platform and prediction experts have their money on Leeds’ victory in this contest.
FCTables have given 44% chance to the hosts while the West Ham have been given a 29% chance to get a famous win under their belt.
Bettingexpert have also gone on to back Leeds in what looks like a competitive contest with every chance of visitors pulling off a surprise.
FiveThirtyEight is one of those rare websites that is expecting a tough fight in the Elland Road with the away team holding a narrow edge over Leeds United as of now.