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Prediction: Leeds vs West Ham

Harry Kettle in Free Soccer Predictions 3 Jan 2023

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Prediction: Draw

Best Odds: 49/20

Bookmaker: 888sport

The Premier League season continues to roll through the catch-up fixtures following the winter break. All 20 clubs have been back in action and they’ll have a whole lot of games to get through in the weeks and months ahead. Today, we’re going to take a look towards the bottom of the table as Leeds United and West Ham United collide in Yorkshire with both teams being desperate to get three points on the board.

Leeds

Leeds haven’t exactly been able to maintain their fast-paced, attacking edge since Jesse Marsch walked through the door, which is a shame within itself. Their fanbase is still ready to watch the team battle it out between now and May but there’s already a lingering feeling that no matter what happens, they need to try and revert back to what got them to the dance in the first place under Bielsa.

Team News

Gray, Dallas, Bamford and Sinisterra have all been ruled out of this one through injury. There are no other concerns for the hosts to deal with.

West Ham

The clock is most definitely ticking for David Moyes as West Ham, a team competing in the Conference League, lingers towards the bottom three. There’s some legitimate panic about their future in the league and if the losses start to pile up, all eyes will turn towards the manager. At this stage, they need to do their best to soak up an away atmosphere while also being able to defend their turf.

Team News

Cornet is still out through injury whereas Zouma is a fitness doubt. Elsewhere, Aguerd should return to the starting XI after returning from illness.

Factors to Consider

  • In their last meeting back in January, Leeds beat West Ham 3-2.
  • Leeds have won two, drawn one and lost three of their last six games.
  • West Ham have won one, drawn one and lost four of their last six games.
  • Leeds have scored 10 goals and conceded 12 in their last six games.
  • West Ham have scored seven goals and conceded 11 in their last six games.

Conclusion

A relegation six-pointer is always going to be tense, and it’s always going to be difficult to get anything going – which is why we expect a fairly tepid affair between these two sides. It may finish 0-0 or it may finish 1-1 but either way, neither team is going to cover themselves in glory. They don’t have the momentum and while we do think Leeds will have the better of the play, that isn’t going to mean a whole lot when the full time whistle blows.

Prediction: Draw

Best Odds: 49/20

Bookmaker: 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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