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Bitesize Prediction: West Ham vs Leeds – 09/01/22

Tom Dunstan in Betting Tips and News, FA Cup 8 Jan 2022

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Competition: FA Cup

Market: West Ham win

Odds: 4/5 @ 888sport

In an all-Premier League battle on Sunday afternoon, West Ham will welcome Leeds to the London Stadium with a place in the fourth-round up for grabs.

Starting with the hosts, while West Ham might have endured somewhat of a December blip, the Hammers appear to have put those issues behind them. Once again continuing to gain a host of plaudits from across the Premier League over the past 18 months, David Moyes’ men are desperate to secure a top-four finish this season. Last seen on New Year’s Day when landing an action-packed 3-2 win away at London rivals Crystal Palace, the one-time Manchester United boss has seen his side claim back-to-back top-flight wins. With a growing reputation for their free-scoring displays, the Hammers should be boosted by a rampant record against Sunday’s guests. Including a 2-0 win the last time Leeds came to town, West Ham have won all three of their previous meetings against the Whites.

As for the visitors, managing to open the New Year with a much-needed 3-1 win against relegation scrappers Burnley on home soil, there is no doubt that Leeds are desperate to build off of that result. However, dealing with a host of injury issues and with some in their camp potentially looking over their shoulder at the drop zone, Marcelo Bielsa’s men have shown some extended issues this season. While last weekend’s victory might have skyrocketed their way away from the drop zone, the former Napoli boss has seen his side record just a pair of wins since the end of October. Last seen away from Elland Road getting hit with that woeful 7-0 drumming against defending Premier League champions Manchester City. Losing each of their last three meetings against the Hammers, we’re backing a home victory here.

Bet: West Ham 4/5 to beat Leeds in Sunday’s FA Cup tie @ 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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