2020-21 Premier League: Week 12 – Leeds United vs West Ham

Leeds United welcome West Ham to Elland Road in Friday Night Football from the Premier League. 

Victory will lift Leeds up to tenth whilst West Ham can climb to fifth ahead of the weekend’s matches with a win.

 

Team News

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Pablo Hernandez and Jamie Shackleton could return for Leeds after several weeks out with muscle injuries.

Diego Llorente (groin), Adam Forshaw (hip), Gaetano Berardi and Robin Koch (both knee) remain absent.

West Ham could welcome Andriy Yarmolenko back after the Ukrainian missed their last two matches due to Coronavirus.

Michail Antonio (hamstring) and Ryan Fredericks (groin) are doubts and could join Arthur Masuaku (knee) on sidelines.

 

Stat Attack

  • Leeds are unbeaten in their last nine meetings against West Ham (W5, D4).
  • West Ham have won just one of their last five trips to Elland Road (W1, D1, L3).
  • No players from Leeds’ last clash against West Ham in March 2012 still remain with either club.
  • Patrick Bamford’s fourth minute goal was his earliest goal since scoring in the third minute against Middlesbrough on 30 November 2019.
  • No West Ham player has played more passes this season than Declan Rice, who has made 539 passes in 11 league appearances.

 

Prediction

Leeds made a great start at Chelsea but a mixture of defensive errors coupled with wasted shots from brilliant spacious opportunities saw them lose, so I expect to see them show considerable improvement here if can cut out their defensive mistakes.

West Ham meanwhile were simply outplayed by Manchester United in the second-half despite showing excellent attacking quality throughout, of which wasted shots proved defining because if they put more away then they could of easily won the game.

Leeds though have more to lose because their defending is their biggest issue and against an attacking team like West Ham, this will be a tough ask and although my gut instinct says a draw, West Ham should have enough to come out on top here.

Prediction: Leeds United 1-2 West Ham

Result: Leeds United 1-2 West Ham

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