Leeds get another shot at West Ham at the London Stadium for matchday 22 of the Premier League. The two sides will be facing off for the second time in seven days as their last match saw Marcelo Bielsa’s men fall 2-0 to the Hammers in the FA Cup third round. The hosts are battling for a top four finish in what has been a superb season for David Moyes’ men. They currently lead fifth place Arsenal by two points and trail third place Liverpool by five points. The visitors have enough of a cushion over 18th place Burnley that they will most likely avoid the drop this season. However, a few bad results and Leeds could be involved in a relegation scrap. Leeds currently sit 16th in the table with 19 points and an eight point lead over 18th place.
This match might be closer than it appears at first glance. Leeds could see a number of key attacking players return for this one. Patrick Bamford, the team's leading scorer last season with 17 goals, finally looks like he will overcome his recent injury struggles and could be in the starting 11 for this one. Rodrigo, the club's record signing, is also close to a return. Leeds will have the rest advantage in this one, with the hosts having played in midweek, and this is a great revenge spot for Bielsa’s side who should turn in an improved performance here. While West Ham have had a hugely impressive season, they haven’t exactly turned the London Stadium into a fortress. Moyes’ side have won five, drawn two and lost three in front of their fans and actually boast a better away record, earning 17 points compared to 20 on the road.
This is a good spot for a public fade. Most bettors will be all over West Ham given their impressive form but Leeds are a well coached side who, throughout Bielsa’s tenure, have proven themselves capable of punching above their weight against better teams. We’re going to back Leeds on the +1 Asian Handicap meaning if they lose by a single goal the bet will be refunded. Sprinkle a little bit on Leeds to win this one straight up if you’re feeling adventurous as these odds are simply too inflated.