David Moyes, looking determined but relaxed, talks to Sky Sports. “The big incentive is to get back on the winning track … we had a good performance last week for 60, 70 minutes of play but we have to do it for longer … we have been threatening to use Said [Benrahma] but the team has been playing really well … we think he’s a creative player … there will be a lot of one-on-one matches tonight and we think Said is capable of beating people in those situations so hopefully he can show it. ” .
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A change for Leeds United from the team named in Chelsea. Rodrigo replaces the injured Robin Koch, and Luke Ayling is expected to join Liam Cooper in the center of defense.
West Ham, who can go fifth tonight, also make a change, from the side sent to face Manchester United. He said Benrahma steps forward, and Arthur Masuaku was completely lost after knee surgery.
Leeds United: Meslier, Dallas, Ayling, Cooper, Alioski, Phillips, Raphinha, Rodrigo, Klich, Harrison, Bamford.
Subs: Poveda-Ocampo, Roberts, Casilla, Helder Costa, Hernandez, Struijk, Shackleton.
West Ham United: Fabianski, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Coufal, Soucek, Rice, Fornals, Bowen, Benrahma, Haller.
Substitutes: Lanzini, Snodgrass, Dawson, Noble, Fredericks, Johnson, Randolph.
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).
There’s no point trying to guess at Leeds United. Face to face with Manchester City and Arsenal. Admirable defeats to Liverpool and Chelsea. A second-half performance against Aston Villa that was as good as anything we’ve seen in this Premier League season so far. Consecutive whips 4-1 against Leicester and Palace. They could win or lose this game at five tonight, or anything in between.
West Ham isn’t exactly predictable, either. They were probably better in the loss to Manchester United last weekend than in the win over Aston Villa five days earlier. They kept Manchester City at home, defeated the Wolves, tested Liverpool on the road and recovered from three against with eight minutes to play for Spurs. They have also lost at home to Newcastle. They could win or lose this game at five tonight, or anything in between.
Marcelo Bielsa and David Moyes are very different types of coaches, but they are both listening to their teams. The Hammers are in better shape at the moment, while Leeds are four games without a win at home. Countering that: West Ham have only won six of their 49 visits to Leeds, and they haven’t won anywhere against the Peacocks in nine. Will ancient history or recent results prevail? We’ll find out after 90 minutes of roller coaster soccer. Its on!
Kick off: 8 pm GMT.
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