Leeds United vs. West Ham United – EPL, December 11, 2020

| December 8, 2020 11:57 am PDT

The latest round of fixtures in the English Premier League kicks off on Friday as Leeds welcomes West Ham back to Elland Road.

Both sides are coming into this one off the back of a disappointing defeat after a spell of good form recently. This should be a great way for the weekend to start in the EPL.

Leeds United vs. West Ham United Odds

Leeds United to Win+116
The Draw+245
West Ham United to Win+215

It is a sign of how much better West Ham has been playing recently that Leeds is not odds on to win this one on Friday with BetOnline. The home side is still the favorite to take all three points – but the prices are closer than they would have been a few months ago. But the Yorkshire club should still see this through, making the home win bet the main point of interest.

Leeds United vs. West Ham United Match Preview

Leeds took the lead in only the fourth minute at Stamford Bridge last weekend but was unable to hold on against an ever-improving Chelsea team. That is not to say that Leeds was a distant second best – but there is still a gap between how Marcelo Bielsa believes his players can compete in the EPL and how they actually get on.

After that initial goal against Chelsea, Leeds was unable to break down a stubborn defense that has improved under Frank Lampard this season. Leeds should have more luck against West Ham on Friday if it can play its typical fast-flowing soccer through the Hammers midfield.

West Ham should have probably won its game with Manchester United at the weekend before the half time whistle was blown. But even though Tomas Soucek had put his side one up just before the break, it was no match for a comeback from the Red Devils in the second period.

There were some more missed chances from Sebastian Haller – but David Moyes will need to persevere with the misfiring striker until the January transfer window, by the look of it. Michail Antonio’s absence from this fixture on Friday could well end up being the difference between a positive result for West Ham and a Leeds win.

Leeds United vs. West Ham United Prediction and Betting Pick

Pick
  • Leeds United to Win
    +116

Robin Koch went off very early for Leeds in the Chelsea game – and he will be greatly missed on Friday. But there should still be too much in the home side’s attacking movements for West Ham to deal with – even with the fine recent form of Declan Rice. The visitors need to take any chance they get at Elland Road because Leeds tends to score when it gets a go in front of the goal.

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