class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Bielsa's men have been struggling in the final third recently and our tipster is backing a quiet affair when they host a strong West Ham defence
Leeds United are looking for just their second Premier League home win of the season when they welcome West Ham to Elland Road on Friday night.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men have won plenty of plaudits for their exciting football but that has not translated into as many points as they would have liked, with their total of 14 only good enough for 14th in the table.
Leeds United vs West Ham Latest Odds
Leeds’ only other home victory came against Fulham back in September and bet365 make them 5/4 (2.25) favourites to pick up three points here.
West Ham have a strong away record this season, losing only at Arsenal and Liverpool, but they are 2/1 (3.0) outsiders to move into the top five with a win.
These sides have not played each other since the 2011-12 Championship campaign when both meetings ended in a draw and another stalemate is a 13/5 (3.60) shot with the online bookmaker.
Leeds United vs West Ham Team News
Diego Llorente should start after coming on for the injured Robin Koch in the 3-1 loss to Chelsea last weekend, whilst Rodrigo Moreno could be set for a first start in over two months after featuring from the bench in Leeds’ last three.
There are still doubts over Michail Antonio’s fitness and so Sebastian Haller is likely to continue up front, but otherwise David Moyes has a full slate of players.
Leeds United vs West Ham Preview
No Premier League team has created more chances than the 122 that Leeds have fashioned this season but the concerning aspect for Bielsa is perhaps that this has translated into just 16 strikes, with eight of those coming inside the first three games.
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As well, only the current bottom three have a worse conversion of Opta-defined ‘big chances’ than the Whites and they could struggle once more against a surprisingly resilient West Ham defence.
After having the fourth-worst defence in terms of goals conceded in the entire league last season, the Hammers currently have the fifth-best defence with just 14 goals against and four clean sheets to their name.
Leeds United vs West Ham Tips and Predictions
Given that West Ham have also not been too strong going forward in recent games, scoring more than once in only one of their last six games, there could be value in the 11/8 (2.38) price from bet365 on under 2.5 goals.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.