Leeds United look to move away from the relegation zone as they take on Europe chasing West Ham at Elland Road.
With all four clubs immediately sat just above them in the table not in action until Sunday at earliest, Leeds can climb up to 13th with a win.
West Ham meanwhile can go fifth with victory if Manchester City and Everton both lose elsewhere.
Patrick Bamford is a doubt for Leeds after an ankle injury kept him out of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup win at Fulham.
Luke Ayling (knee) and Raphinha (hip) are doubts but Diego Llorente (muscle) joins Pascal Struijk (suspension), Robin Koch (groin) and Jack Harrison (Coronavirus) on the sidelines
West Ham have no major injury concerns to report after Wednesday’s Carabao Cup victory at Manchester Untied, as Ryan Fredericks is a doubt with a muscle injury.
- Leeds have won three of their last five Premier League meetings against West Ham (W3, L2), yet conceded twice in both defeats last season.
- West Ham have won two of their last five Premier League visits to Elland Road (W2, L3).
- Four of the five goals scored in this fixture across both Elland Road and London Stadium last season came within the opening 30 minutes, with three of those four goals scored by West Ham.
- Tyler Roberts has been brought on as a substitute in all five of Leeds’ league matches this season.
- All nine of West Ham’s offsides this season have come from their forwards – Michail Antonio (3), Jarrod Bowen (3), Said Benrahma (2) and Nikola Vlasic (1).
Marcelo Bielsa will definitely be disappointed with how Leeds have started the season because they’ve been excellent in attack with Raphinha in particular looking problematic for opposition, yet their defending has been their downfall with often high defensive high lines proving pivotal to conceded goals.
In fact both aspects of their performance were on show in their draw at Newcastle last weekend so there will be work to do if they’re to defeat West Ham here, otherwise this could be a tough afternoon for the Yorkshire club.
West Ham meanwhile head to Elland Road off the back of a morale-boosting Carabao Cup win at Man Utd, in which they looked the more comfortable in attack to produce their third clean sheet in four matches although they did waste several chances against Utd in their league defeat last weekend.
Now if David Moyes’ Hammers can continue their strong attacking performances and continue to tighten up defensively, I do fancy them to get the win here otherwise Leeds should have enough to snatch a draw here.
Prediction: Leeds United 1-2 West Ham
Result: Leeds United 1-2 West Ham