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Leeds United vs West Ham United FC, free match prediction 12 Dec 2020

12 Dec 2020 | 01:30 | Leeds, Elland Road
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Leeds and West Ham aim to bounce back after suffering defeats last time out

  • West Ham and Leeds felt the full attacking force of Man United and Chelsea
  • Both lost 3-1 despite taking the lead in their respective matches
  • West Ham will still be pleased with their form, comfortably in the top half

West Ham to win 2-1

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: Leeds, Elland Road

LEEDS UNITED vs WEST HAM UNITED FC Match Preview & Analysis

Despite being on the receiving end of Manchester United’s full attacking power in the second half last weekend, West Ham could well have put the game to bed before half time.

On another day, they would have taken one or two of the fantastic chances that fell their way, and they would have secured three points. As it was, their three-match winning streak came to an end.

Leeds also fell to a 3-1 defeat against a side chasing a top four place, but even though Leeds took the lead after 4 minutes, it never really seemed in doubt that Chelsea would rally to victory.

Neither side should let those defeats hamper their confidence – West Ham are still within touching distance of the top four, while Leeds sit comfortably above the relegation zone for now.

Both have exciting, young attacking players meaning this match should be an entertaining way to kick off the 12th round of Premier League fixtures.

Teams Preview

Leeds United Preview

Form Guide (all comps): LLDWL

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Patrick Bamford’s good form is continuing

     Only face one ‘big’ team in December

Reasons to be fearful:

     Last week’s defeat is now three in last five

     Conceded second-high number of set pieces this season

Leeds gave as good as they got in the opening exchanges against Chelsea, with Patrick Bamford cleverly scoring first, before Chelsea hit back with full force.

Unfortunately, Leeds just cannot seem to keep the door shut at the back, conceding more goals than all but two other teams in the league. For a newly promoted side, they are scoring enough to propel them above the relegation places, but they will struggle to climb any higher with such a leaky defence.

Their opponents this weekend are also potent in attack but have managed to concede six fewer goals than Leeds, which could be crucial in this match up.

The positive news is that after this match, Manchester United represent the only big team remaining for Leeds to play this calendar year, so opportunities to pick up easier points will not be too far away.

Star Man – Patrick Bamford

The 27-year-old is such a classy finisher and with eight league goals is now level with Harry Kane.

West Ham United FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): LWWWL

Reasons to be cheerful

     Played brilliantly in defeat to Man United

     Only defeats have come against bigger teams

Reasons to be fearful 

     Missing a focal point up front

     Must be more clinical in front of goal

What was clear in the first half against Manchester United was that West Ham desperately needed a ruthless finisher in front of goal. 

Unfortunately, Sebastian Haller is not that man, despite scoring six goals in 13 appearances this season. As miss after miss let a poor Manchester United off the hook, they should really have opened an uncatchable lead.

Michail Antonio could be fit to return to the side this weekend, which would be a huge boost and provide a focal point for the likes of Bowen and Fornals to play off.

That being said, West Ham’s last two defeats have come against Liverpool and Manchester United, so their confidence will not be hit too badly.

The Hammers will fancy their chances against a Leeds side who have found it difficult to protect their own goal this season. 

Star Man – Jarrod Bowen

Was electric against Man United last weekend and should have capped it off with a goal.

LEEDS UNITED vs WEST HAM UNITED FC Winning Prediction

     An entertaining match with chances at both ends

     West Ham to keep things tighter than Leeds at the back

     Returning Antonio could be key for Hammers

Although Leeds are at home for this fixture, this could actually work against them as their best form has come away from Elland Road. Just one win has been picked up at home, compared to three on their travels.

Similarly, West Ham fare better at home than away, so both teams could take some time to adjust and work their way into the match.

If West Ham can welcome back Antonio up front, this will be a huge boost for their chances and make them favourites to collect three points.

West Ham to win 2-1

Author: Ross B.