LU vs WHU Dream11 Team Prediction: Leeds United welcome West Ham United to Elland Road in a late kick-off on Friday in the Premier League. The newly-promoted side is not in a particularly good run of form with just 2 wins in their last 8 games. They sit in 14th place in the table after a 3-1 loss to Chelsea but are within touching distance of their opponents, West Ham who are 8th and just 3 points ahead of Leeds United. West Ham United had just 2 losses in their last 10 games before they faced Manchester United, where despite being 1-0 at half-time, ended up losing the game. They will look to brush that away given they played very well despite the unflattering score-line. Leeds, on the other hand, need to start taking their chances to convert their good performances into wins. A win can take them to the top half of the table while a win can take West Ham into the European spots.
Leeds United vs West Ham United, English Premier League
12th December, 1:30 am (IST)
Elland Road, Leeds
Leeds United – LLDWL
West Ham United – LWWWL
Head-to-head (last five meetings): The two sides have faced each other just twice in their recent history with both games ending in a draw.
Last meeting: Leeds United 1-1 West Ham United (Championship, 17th March 2020)
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A) Leeds United Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Robin Koch suffered an injury against Chelsea and joins the likes of Adam Forshaw, Diego Llorente and Gaetano Berardi on the sidelines.
Doubtful: Marcelo Bielsa has no doubtful players for the LU vs WHU Dream11 Prediction.
Expected changes: Leeds United are likely to play the same team that faced Chelsea last week with a change in the backline. In order to accommodate Robin Koch’s injury, Luke Ayling and Liam Cooper will be seen as the centre-back pairing with Stuart Dallas and Ezgjan Alioski on either flank. Rodrigo Moreno will start in attacking midfield, alongside the likes of Jack Harrison, Mateusz Klich and Raphinha, right behind the striker, Patrick Bamford. Key-player, Kalvin Phillips will continue to anchor the midfield.
Leeds Starting XI (probable):
Illan Meslier (GK)
B) West Ham United Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: West Ham has no new injuries with Andriy Yarmolenko, Michail Antonio and Ryan Fredericks continuing to miss out.
Doubtful: David Moyes does not have any doubtful players.
Expected changes: David Moyes is likely to choose the same lineup that faced Manchester United. The only possible change can be Said Benrahma coming into the side in place of Pablo Fornals who was quite wasteful against United which ended up costing them the game. The Hammers are expected to line up in the same 3-4-3 formation that has served them well before with Fabian Balbuena, Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell forming the back-three. Sebastien Haller has been waiting for his chance and has been awarded it and will continue to lead the line.
West Ham Starting XI (probable):
Lukasz Fabianski (GK)
LU vs WHU Today Match Prediction: Despite their position in the table, Leeds United are favoured for a win in this game with Paddy Power and Coral offering odds of 2.20 on a win for the home side and odds of 3.10 on a win for the away side. The LU vs WHU Today Match Prediction will be an interesting one with both sides looking for a win for different reasons. The European spots are well in sight for West Ham and they will look to keep the momentum going with a win. Leeds United will want the win to prove a point in the Premier League and close the gap between themselves and the teams in the top half.
Captain Options –
Leeds United –
Patrick Bamford – With 8 goals and an assist in just 11 starts this season, Patrick Bamford has been one of Leeds’ best players. He opened the scoring against Chelsea last week and has attempted 19 shots on target so far with 6 successful dribbles.
Mateusz Klich – Playing behind Bamford, Mateusz Klich has scored 2 goals and provided 3 assists so far in the Premier League. He has also created 24 goal-scoring chances with a pass accuracy of 84% and a shot conversion rate of 50%.
Jack Harrison – On loan from Manchester City, Jack Harrison has impressed so far with a goal and 3 assists so far. He has also created 26 goal-scoring chances and 23 key passes with 16 successful dribbles. Harrison has 10 accurate crosses as well.
West Ham –
Sebastien Haller – In the absence of Michail Antonio, Sebastien Haller has been handed a run of games with 2 goals in 4 starts so far with 8 successful dribbles. He has also created 8 goal-scoring chances and will look to nail down a starting spot with more impressive performances.
Jarrod Bowen – Winter signing, Jarrod Bowen has been great for the Hammers so far with 4 goals and 1 assist in the Premier League. He has also created 11 goal-scoring chances and succeeded in 10 dribbles and put in 10 accurate crosses.
Said Benrahma – New signing, Said Benrahma, has yet to start a game in the Premier League but still has 2 assists so far. He also has 3 assists in his last 4 appearances for both club and country. Despite playing only a total of 82 minutes in the league, Benrahma has created 5 goal-scoring chances with a pass accuracy of 82%.
Differential Picks –
Kalvin Phillips – Kalvin Phillips has been instrumental for Leeds this season with 2 assists despite playing in a far more defensive role. He has created 15 goal-scoring chances with a pass accuracy of 86%. He has 10 accurate crosses and in terms of defensive work, has 11 interceptions and 11 clearances.
Aaron Cresswell – Cresswell has been excellent this season with 3 assists so far from the full-back position. He has created 23 goal-scoring chances with a pass accuracy of 82%. Cresswell has 25 accurate crosses with 40 clearances and 19 interceptions.