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West Ham vs Leeds betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

West Ham United are still dreaming of Europe next season and rightfully so, as the Hammers, who have never played in the Champions League in their history, are just two points back of Chelsea who sit in fourth after their own mini-rival this season under Thomas Tuchel. Their date with Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United serves as the credible proving ground to show if their change in mentality has truly made the difference.
West Ham vs Leeds betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds
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West Ham vs Leeds betting tips

This article covers West Ham vs Leeds betting tips and predictions, and these are the betting odds.

o – West Ham 21/20

o – Draw 13/5

o – Leeds 5/2

Note: All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

 

West Ham vs Leeds: Match details

Match: West Ham United vs Leeds United

Competition: Premier League

Date: March 8, 2021

Kick-off time: 8:00 pm, March 8, 2021 (UK time)

Stadium: London Stadium

West Ham vs Leeds betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 19: Raphinha of Leeds United during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on February 19, 2021 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

 

Betting prediction: West Ham 2-1 Leeds

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This is a pretty tasty fixture on paper, featuring two sides in West Ham United and Leeds United who are capable in the final-third if they turn it on. West Ham’s performances of late are commensurate with their overall league position. Sitting sixth and just outside of the guaranteed European places, the Hammers can still – and justifiably – dream of Europe next term. As for Leeds, they are their own worst enemy; capable of keeping up with the best in the English top flight while also shooting themselves in their own foot on any given weekend on the back of some very poor performances at the back. West Ham should edge this out but it should prove entertaining.

West Ham vs Leeds: Recommended bets

Result/Both Teams to Score: West Ham – Yes

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This truly is one of those classic Premier League showdowns this season where either side has a chance to take all three points on the day. But I would personally hedge my bet on West Ham’s better tactical organisation to be the key factor in them running out winners. Leeds are good in the final-third and not many can keep them quiet, but such is their weakness at the back that I’d back Moyes’ men here.

 

Winning Margin: West Ham +1

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Building off the previous recommended bet, it’s hard to see either side running out clear winners on the day, at least on the scoresheet. Even if either side are dominated in terms of how much of the ball they’ll see, both are capable of hitting the opposition on the break. There will be chances here and likely goals. But again, West Ham edge-out Leeds in their ability to be effective as a defensive unit.

West Ham vs Leeds: What are the betting odds?

West Ham vs Leeds – recent form and head to head statistics

West Ham United FC vs Leeds United form
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West Ham United FC vs Leicester City FC - 3:2
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Wolverhampton Wanderers FC vs West Ham United FC - 2:3
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West Ham United FC vs Arsenal FC - 3:3
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Manchester United FC vs West Ham United FC - 1:0
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West Ham United FC vs Leeds United - 2:0
Latest match form, last 5 games:
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Manchester City FC vs Leeds United - 1:2
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Leeds United vs Sheffield United FC - 2:1
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Fulham FC vs Leeds United - 1:2
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Leeds United vs Chelsea FC - 0:0
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West Ham United FC vs Leeds United - 2:0
Last 5 games for West Ham United FC
April 11, 2021 Premier League 20/21 West Ham United FC 3 - 2 Leicester City FC
April 5, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 2 - 3 West Ham United FC
March 21, 2021 Premier League 20/21 West Ham United FC 3 - 3 Arsenal FC
March 14, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Manchester United FC 1 - 0 West Ham United FC
March 8, 2021 Premier League 20/21 West Ham United FC 2 - 0 Leeds United
Last 5 games for Leeds United
April 10, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Manchester City FC 1 - 2 Leeds United
April 3, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Leeds United 2 - 1 Sheffield United FC
March 19, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Fulham FC 1 - 2 Leeds United
March 13, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Leeds United 0 - 0 Chelsea FC
March 8, 2021 Premier League 20/21 West Ham United FC 2 - 0 Leeds United
West Ham United FC vs Leeds United Premier League 20/21 form
West Ham United FC Leeds United
31 Matches played 31
16 Matches won 14
323 Goal attempts 397
125 Shots on goal 159
116 Shots off goal 147
133 Corner kicks 180
40% Average ball possession 58%
82 Shots blocked 91
44 Cards given 48
356 Free kicks 372
58 Offsides 63
5 Shots on post 9
7 Shots on bar 7
37 Goals by foot 41
12 Goals by head 6
51 Goals scored 49
39 Goals conceded 49
West Ham United FC vs Leeds United statistics for most recent head to head matches
West Ham United FC Leeds United
26 Matches 26
13 Home Matches 13
13 Away Matches 13
19 Total Goals 37
0.73 Average Goals Scored 1.42
4 Wins 15
15 Losses 4
7 Draws 7
Last 5 games & match results between West Ham United FC and Leeds United
March 8, 2021 Premier League 20/21 West Ham United FC 2 - 0 Leeds United
December 11, 2020 Premier League 20/21 Leeds United 1 - 2 West Ham United FC
March 17, 2012 Championship 11/12 Leeds United 1 - 1 West Ham United FC
August 21, 2011 Championship 11/12 West Ham United FC 2 - 2 Leeds United
February 26, 2005 Championship 04/05 Leeds United 2 - 1 West Ham United FC


 

West Ham vs Leeds: Match preview

Mentality is a driving factor in the ability for football clubs to be successful both on and off the pitch. It’s what makes institutions like Bayern Munich so dominant; the base-level requirement to be the very best in the business on the domestic front while aiming for the same high perch in Europe every year.

For West Ham star Tomas Soucek, the struggle to fit into the mentality that originally persisted at the club last season was a real one, but his comments on the shift that was seen over the summer speaks to just how much of a factor this aspect is when it comes to the sport. The Czech international, coming from one of the biggest clubs in the Czech Republic in Slavia Prague, was aiming to win the league on a yearly basis.

Last term, the Hammers narrowly avoided the drop, and no one gave them a chance of finishing in the top half of the table this term let alone challenging for a Champions League place. But with some clever spending, and a change in mentality, David Moyes’ men are on the cusp of achieving something not seen at the club at any point in its history. The effect it has had is shown on the pitch; proof positive that self and collective believe can genuinely define how a season goes. That same mental shift will be put to the test starting with their showdown with Marcelo Bielsa and is followed up by dates with Manchester United (A), Arsenal (H), Wolves (A), and Leicester City (H). If their continued overall form for the season is to continue through that tough period, that desire to push onward will have to be on display against a side like Leeds who could very easily be a roadblock.

West Ham vs Leeds betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 21: Jarrod Bowen of West Ham United scores a goal which was disallowed following a foul on Thiago Silva of Chelsea in the build-up during the Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on December 21, 2020 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Raphinha: Marcelo Bielsa’s key-man for the rest of the season

There is a lot to like about how Leeds United have gone about re-establishing themselves to Premier League life after their successful promotion campaign back in 2019-20. In Marcelo Bielsa, a manager as experienced and forward-thinking as he is was the right man for the job and hopefully will continue to be as time passes. With players like Patrick Bamford, Jack Harrison, Kalvin Phillips, Mateusz Klich, and the handful of unsung heroes like Luke Ayling, it has not always been perfect, but it will still be memorable nonetheless.

But perhaps the player to have made the biggest impact in the Elland Road outfit was one that was not expected to switch Brittany for Yorkshire; Raphinha.

At current, there are few players who are lauded more in the Premier League than the Porto Alegre-native and Avaí youth academy product. After dazzling in Portugal for Vitória Guimarães, he did the same when jumping to giants Sporting CP and then in Brittany with Stade Rennes. And yet, not many on English shores was fully aware of him at all and though Leeds conducted themselves quite well this past summer in the market, the deal that brought him to Elland Road flew under the radar by comparison.

Patrick Bamford may be the man to get the lion’s share of the goals, but Raphinha – more than anyone – has been the player to truly make Leeds tick in the final third. Both his individual brilliance on the ball and ability to be creative has made him a vital artery for Bielsa. Thus far, the Brazilian’s expected assists (xA) this season is fourth in the Premier League, behind only Jack Grealish, former club-mate Bruno Fernandes, and Kevin De Bruyne. He resides amongst top-level company, and if Leeds are to really build the right platform to re-establish themselves at the highest level in England, Raphinha is likely the man to get them there, regardless for how long he remains at the club.

West Ham vs Leeds betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

Leeds United’s Raphinha celebrates scoring their side’s third goal of the game during the Premier League match at Elland Road, Leeds. Picture date: Tuesday February 23, 2021. (Photo by Gareth Copley/PA Images via Getty Images)


 

West Ham team news vs Leeds

David Moyes will remain without the services of Arthur Masuaku, Angelo Ogbonna, and Andriy Yarmolenko.

Both goalkeepers Lukasz Fabianskí and Darren Randolph are listed as doubts, though Moyes is confident the Polish shot-stopper will be fit.

Ryan Fredericks is also considered a doubt.

Leeds team news vs West Ham

Marcelo Bielsa has quite a few questions but as it stands, Leeds do not have massive injury concerns.

Rodrigo, Gaetaneo Berardi, and Ivan Poveda were all involved for the U23’s and may make the bench on Monday.

Robin Koch is back in training but it is also likely too soon for him to come back into the team, while Kalvin Phillips has a good chance of being in the matchday XI.


 

Predicted West Ham line-up vs Leeds

West Ham vs Leeds betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

 

Predicted Leeds line-up vs West Ham

West Ham vs Leeds betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.

West Ham vs Leeds betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

What time is kick off between West Ham United vs Leeds United?
20:00, Monday 08 March 2021
What is the prediction for West Ham United vs Leeds United?
West Ham United 2-1 Leeds United
What are the West Ham vs Leeds betting odds?
West Ham 21/20, Draw 13/5, Leeds 5/2