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Premier League: Leeds United vs West Ham United Preview

Leeds United will look to make their way back to the top half of the Premier League table as they square off against London rivals in the Leeds United vs West Ham United fixture at Elland Road. The Whites have a much superior record in the head-to-head battle with the Hammers having won 14 matches from the 20 matches played in the Premier League era.

Leeds United vs West Ham United comes at a crucial point for both the sides as they’ll look to get back to winning ways after losing 1-3 in their previous fixture. The Whites have never lost a top-flight match at home on a Friday night and that is something David Moyes and his men would look to change in this encounter.

Here’s how both the teams are shaping up.

 

LEEDS UNITED

Leeds United’s star centre-back, who was bought in the summer window, Robin Koch suffered a long term injury in the previous match against Chelsea. Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that either Luke Ayling or Leeds’ very own Kalvin Phillips will take up his spot in the defence and partner captain Liam Cooper. In the pre-match press conference, ‘El Loco’ hilariously went on to reveal the starting XI for this match. Something which is definitely going to make the funny press conferences compilation at the end of the year. Club record signing Rodrigo Moreno is expected to start this game and his creative ability in the final third will help the Peacocks finish the abundance of chances they create in a match.

 

WEST HAM UNITED

After taking the lead against Manchester United, West Ham went on to concede three goals and ended up on the wrong end of the result at home. They were one of the in-form teams in the Premier League as they came into that match on the back of three wins. Star striker Michail Antonio continues to be sidelined due to a hamstring injury so that means Sebastian Haller is expected to keep his position in the XI. Winger Jarrod Bowen has been an integral part of West Ham’s success this season and he is expected to play a key role in this encounter for the Hammers.

 

PREDICTED LINE-UPS

Leeds United (4-1-4-1): Illan Meslier (GK); Stuart Dallas, Luke Ayling, Liam Cooper (C), Ezgjan Alioski; Kalvin Phillips; Raphinha, Mateusz Klich, Rodrigo Moreno, Jack Harrison; Patrick Bamford

West Ham United (3-4-2-1): Lukasz Fabianski (GK); Fabian Balbuena, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell; Vladimir Coufal, Declan Rice (C), Tomas Soucek, Arthur Masuaku; Jarrod Bowen, Said Benrahma; Sebastian Haller

 

WHERE TO WATCH LEEDS UNITED VS WEST HAM UNITED

With the official Premier League broadcast and streaming rights in India being with the Star Sports Network till 2022, select matches will be telecasted live on Star Sports SD and HD TV channels. Online live streaming of the EPL in India for all fixtures can be found on Disney+ Hotstar – Star’s own OTT platform. The match kicks off at 1:30 AM IST on December 12.

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