Prediction and odds for the game: West Ham (21/20) vs Leeds (5/2)
We are backing the home win
When: Monday, 8th March 2021, Kick-off 20:00
Where: The London Stadium
On Monday night, West Ham host Leeds at the London Stadium in the Premier League, as the home team look to further their top-four ambitions.
The Hammers are mounting a surprise bid for Champions League football for next season. David Moyes team are sixth-place in the table but are just two points adrift of the Champions League places. A 2-1 defeat at league leaders Manchester City last time out ended a four-game unbeaten run in the English top-flight for the Irons.
The game at the Etihad Stadium was a typically high-scoring encounter for the Hammers of late, as seven of their last eight league matches have produced over 2.5 goals.
West Ham have built their European challenge on a decent recent home record in the Premier League, as the Irons have won four of their last five league outings at London Stadium. In keeping with their recent league games, the Irons matches on home soil in the English top-flight have been high-scoring, with over 2.5 goals scored in their last four matches.
Marcelo Bielsa’s team have endured an inconsistent return to the English top-flight, as the Yorkshire outfit are currently 11th place in the Premier League table. A recent league run of three defeats in their last four matches has hampered the Whites chances of maintaining a spot in the top half of table. Last time out, the visitors suffered a 1-0 home defeat against Aston Villa.
One issue for Bielsa’s team has been their poor defensive record, as only the bottom two West Brom and Sheffield United have conceded more goals than the Yorkshire outfit this season.
Leeds have struggled for any sort of consistent on their travels of late in the Premier League, winning three and losing five of their last eight away games in the English top-flight. Leeds recent league matches on the road have been relatively high-scoring, with over 2.5 goals scored in seven of their last eight games.
The team from Yorkshire have a decent recent record against the home side, having lost just one of the last ten meetings between these two teams. However, the one defeat was a 2-1 loss earlier this season in the reverse fixture.
West Ham have looked like a highly organised and capable team this season under David Moyes. Leeds have been highly unpredictable. We are backing the Hammers to record a victory and boost their European hopes in the process. Judging by their recent matches, this clash could be a high-scoring encounter, so we are also backing over 2.5 goals scored goals.
Verdict: We are backing the home win at odds of 21/20 and/or over 2.5 goals scored at odds 4/6 (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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