Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa

Leeds vs West Ham: Whites and Hammers hard to split

Kick-off: 1500, 25/09/2021

Stadium: Elland Road

Leeds have yet to really get going this term but have only lost to Manchester United and Liverpool in five Premier League outings.

The Whites have drawn their other three top-flight fixtures and we feel another stalemate is on the cards when they entertain West Ham.

Punters can get 13/5 for the scores to finish level at Elland Road and that is our first Leeds vs West Ham prediction.

A Look At Leeds United’s Betting Odds

Leeds were great to watch in the opening period at Newcastle last time out in this competition and should have come away with more than a share of the spoils.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side ripped into their bewildered hosts with relish but only had Raphinha’s 13th-minute opener to show for their superiority.

A stunning equaliser from Allan Saint-Maximin just before the break left the Whites ruing missed chances.

Skipper Liam Cooper told the club’s official website: “We all know how important it is in this league to put chances in and keep them out at the other end as well.

“Newcastle defended well, they sat deep and filled the box, which made the spaces a lot shorter, which was difficult for us to get in behind.

“We’ve dealt with that a lot. We need to improve on that and I am sure we will.”

Luke Ayling and Raphinha picked up knocks to add to Bielsa’s injury problems, but Leeds will always play with energy and enthusiasm back on home turf.

Looking at the Leeds vs West Ham odds, we reckon 13/2 for a 1-1 draw is worth the extra risk.

Last Leeds EPL line-up: Meslier, Ayling, Junior Firpo, Cooper, Dallas, James, Phillips, Klich, Bamford, Raphinha, Rodrigo.

Leeds will be without Patrick Bamford (ankle), while Diego Llorente (muscle strain) and Robin Koch (pubis) remain sidelined.

Fellow defender Patrick Struijk serves the final game of his three-match ban and Luke Ayling (knee) and Jack Harrison (Covid) face late fitness tests.

A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds

West Ham were also left wondering what might have been following a 2-1 loss to Manchester United at London Stadium.

After Cristiano Ronaldo cancelled out Said Benrahma’s deflected opener, last season’s loan star Jesse Lingard returned to haunt the Hammers with a last-minute stunner.

However, there was still a chance to draw level again in injury time, only for Mark Noble’s penalty to be saved by David De Gea.

David Moyes came in for criticism after bringing Noble on just to take the spot-kick but the Scot stood by his decision.

“Do I regret it? Not at all,” he declared. “That’s what happens in management, you have to make big decisions. Sometimes they go for you, sometimes they don’t.

“I just thought, we have a really good penalty taker on the bench. I’d have been more disappointed if I hadn’t made the decision.

“If one of the other players had taken it and missed, I’d have thought ‘Why didn’t I bring Mark Noble on’?

“He has an incredibly good record on penalties. So, with Mark going on and De Gea not saving many, I’m hoping that is the equaliser.”

On the plus side, West Ham were unbeaten in four previous league games this term and now have Michail Antonio back from suspension.

The powerful front man has struck four times in this competition and also netted in a 2-0 Europa League victory at Dinamo Zagreb.

Let’s finish off our Leeds vs West Ham betting tips by taking Antonio to open the scoring at 9/2.

Last West Ham EPL line-up: Fabianski, Cresswell, Zouma, Coufal, Ogbonna, Fornals, Vlasic, Soucek, Rice, Bowen, Benrahma.

West Ham full-back Ryan Fredericks misses out with a groin problem after suffering the injury early on during the midweek EFL Cup win at Manchester United – he needs a scan to assess the extent of the damage.

Additional stats

Last EPL result:

Newcastle 1-1 LEEDS – Raphinha

WEST HAM 1-2 Man Utd – Said Benrahma

Head-to-head: West Ham 2-0 Leeds, Leeds 1-2 West Ham

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