West Ham face tough challenge in Bielsa’s Leeds United

Tomas Soucek, West Ham. (Photo by Jason Cairnduff - Pool/Getty Images)
Tomas Soucek, West Ham. (Photo by Jason Cairnduff - Pool/Getty Images) /
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Jarrod Bowen, West Ham.
Jarrod Bowen, West Ham. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images) /

How will the Hammers line up following their loss against Man City?

While the Hammers form has been nothing short of impressive this season David Moyes will be mindful of his opponents attacking threat. With Patrick Bamford still in the race for the golden boot and Brazilian winger Raphinha looking razor-sharp in recent weeks, Moyes won’t take Leeds for granted.

Most managers don’t tend to change a winning team, however with Jarrod Bowen seemingly out of form and Said Benrahma waiting in the shadows could the Algerian finally stake his place in the starting XI?

West Ham Predicted Lineup (4-2-3-1)

Fabianski, Coufal, Diop, Dawson, Cresswell, Rice (C), Soucek, Benrahma, Fornals, Lingard and Antonio.

With Leeds recent defeat to Aston Villa, Bielsa would normally look to change his team however, due to injury it is likely he will remain with the same starting XI that was narrowly defeated by Villa last weekend.

Leeds United Predicted Lineup (4-1-4-1)

Meslier, Ayling, Llorente, Cooper (C), Dallas, Struijk, Costa, Roberts, Klich, Raphinha and Bamford.

Predicted Result

On paper, you’d expect the Hammers to win this given their hot run of form since the turn of the year however I feel all long term West Ham fans will feel an upset is due and this weekend’s opponents must not be under-estimated.

After beating Leeds 2-1 at Elland Road earlier in the season David Moyes will be confident his side can replicate that performance and claim another three points and while I think the away side will test our defence I can’t see them being able to deal with West Ham’s front line.

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I fancy the Hammers to pick up three points with a 3-1 win over the Yorkshire based club and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we saw Benrahma chip in with his first goal for the club. It’s a fixture that shouldn’t be short of goals with both sides believing they can win this fixture.