West Ham United vs. Leeds United – EPL, March 8, 2021

| March 8, 2021 9:45 am PDT

West Ham will be hoping that a win on Monday will keep it in the hunt for a Champions League place – or a Europa League spot at the very least. It’s very close at the top, and all games are crucial now.

Leeds has more modest aspirations but will undoubtedly play the way it has all season. That should make for an entertaining game, at the very least.

West Ham United vs. Leeds United Odds

West Ham United to Win+104
The Draw+250
Leeds United to Win+240

The oddsmakers have West Ham as the favorite to win this one, but the odds for all three eventualities are very close. That’s probably because it is difficult to know just how well Leeds will go from one game to the next. At its very best, Leeds is a match for anyone in the EPL – but it also has a defense that has conceded more goals than anyone apart from West Brom and Sheffield United.

West Ham United vs. Leeds United Match Preview

West Ham’s form since the turn of the year has been as surprising as it has been impressive. David Moyes has been able to get something from the squad that had remained hidden previously – and the Hammers had even broken into the top four before losing to Manchester City last week.

Michail Antonio is a handful for any defense, and Leeds has struggled at times in that department this season. If the likes of Tomas Soucek can keep the middle of the pitch under West Ham control, then a well-timed ball through to Antonio might be able to give the home side the advantage.

Marcelo Bielsa has been lauded this season for his refreshing approach to the game. He has managed to transfer the attacking/pressing game his Leeds side showed in the Championship last season into the English top-flight this year. It hasn’t always worked as well, but it has always been fun to watch.

Unfortunately for Leeds, that tactic has meant that it has lost more than it has won – and it doesn’t tend to draw games. The Elland Road club has now only won two out of its last six in the league and relies on the goal-scoring skill of Patrick Bamford and Raphinha to get the team out of trouble. A tighter defensive showing will be needed to make any real progress in the league.

West Ham United vs. Leeds United Betting Pick

Pick
  • West Ham United to Win
    +104

As mentioned earlier, I’ve found it difficult to predict the outcome of Leeds games this season, as it depends on how effective its attacking tactics are as to what the end result will be. West Ham will be resolute in the middle of the pitch – and I think that may be enough to repel the majority of the Leeds attacks. Ogbonna is missing for the home team, though, so Bamford may have a chance to add to his tally for the season.

Dan Roberts
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