Preview: West Ham United vs. Leeds United

Preview: West Ham United vs. Leeds United

Top-four chasing West Ham United will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they welcome Leeds United to the London Stadium on Monday night.

The Hammers are currently sixth in the table, two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, while Leeds occupy 11th position, having collected 35 points from their 26 league games in 2020-21.

There is no question that West Ham are enjoying an excellent campaign, picking up 45 points from their 26 matches to sit sixth in the table, just two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with a game in hand.

The Hammers will certainly be wary of suffering another defeat on Monday, though, as they are only three points clear of eighth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, while Aston Villa in ninth are only six points behind the Hammers, and Dean Smith’s side still have at least one game in hand over the teams around them.

West Ham overcame Sheffield United and Tottenham in back-to-back home games last month but suffered a 2-1 defeat away to the runaway leaders Manchester City on February 27.

David Moyes’s side were not in action during the week, which saw them slip out of the top four, and they could be five points behind Chelsea by the time that they take to the field for this match, with the Blues hosting fifth-placed Everton early on Monday evening.

The Hammers have the second-best home record in the league this season, picking up 24 points from 13 matches, while they beat Leeds 2-1 in the reverse match at Elland Road back in December.

Leeds, meanwhile, will enter the match off the back of a 1-0 home defeat to Aston Villa last weekend, with Anwar El Ghazi’s early strike proving to be the difference between the two sides.

The Whites have won 11, drawn two and lost 13 of their 26 league matches this season to collect 35 points, which has left them in 11th position in the table ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side are 12 points clear of the relegation zone and will believe that they are capable of pushing into the top half of the division, particularly as they have won as many matches as Arsenal.

Leeds have won six and lost seven of their 13 away Premier League games this term, and Monday’s clash will be the first time that they have visited West Ham in England’s top flight since November 2002.

The Whites have only actually lost one of their last 10 meetings with the London side in all competitions, winning three of the last four Premier League games between the two sides.

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