It’s 14th vs 17th in West Yorkshire, with both of these clubs in desperate need of a win that would propel them clear of the relegation zone.
Of the two, it’s actually Leeds United who are three places better off, despite ending last season with 18 points fewer than West Ham.
On New Year’s Eve, Jesse Marsch’s side held their own against high-fliers Newcastle, earning a well-deserved point at St James’ Park.
However, this does extend Leeds’ winless streak to three matches, only claiming victory in two of their last 13.
West Ham United’s form is even more alarming, most recently beaten 2-0 by Brentford at the London Stadium on Friday.
This means the Hammers have now lost five Premier League games on the spin for the first time since April 2017, their only victory since 9 October coming against Bournemouth.
On the road, David Moyes’ men have only won once in the league this season, leaving Villa Park victorious in August.
So, which United will claim a vital victory at Elland Road?
Leeds United team news
Leeds confirmed the signing of centre-back Maximilian Wöber from RB Salzburg on Tuesday, but he isn’t likely to make his debut here.
Liam Cooper and Robin Koch will continue at the heart of defence, with Rasmus Kristensen set to return in place of Luke Ayling on the right.
In midfield, Adam Forshaw has started back-to-back league games for the first time since April, but Marc Roca could rekindle his partnership with Tyler Adams.
Crysencio Summerville scored in four successive matches just before the World Cup, but has only been on the bench for both games since due to injury.
Kristensen and Roca would miss Leeds’ next league match, a trip to Aston Villa, if booked here.
Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Meslier; Kristensen, Koch, Cooper, Struijk; Roca, Adams, Gnonto, Aaronson, Summerville; Rodrigo.
West Ham United team news
David Moyes has been switching between a back three and four in recent games, unsuccessfully attempting to rediscover a winning formulae.
Tomáš Souček was dropped on Friday night, a move Hammers supporters had been calling for, with this the first time the Czech midfielder hadn’t started a Premier League game since May.
It’ll be interesting to see if Souček returns, or if Lucas Paquetá and Declan Rice continue as a double-pivot.
Michail Antonio scored a stoppage time winner at Elland Road last season, but Gianluca Scamacca is set to continue up top.
Predicted XI (3-4-2-1): Fabiański; Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Johnson, Rice, Paquetá, Emerson; Bowen, Fornals; Scamacca.