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Leeds v West Ham betting tips: Leeds have history on their side

| 21.09.2021
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Preview and odds for Saturday’s Premier League clash

Leeds seek a first victory of the season when they welcome the Hammers to Elland Road and we have scouted the odds to find some Leeds v West Ham betting tips.

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has overseen a frustrating start for the Yorkshire side, who come into this on the back of a 1-1 draw at Newcastle, while West Ham saw their unbeaten record ended by Manchester United on Sunday.

Saturday’s match, which takes place at Elland Road, kicks off at 3pm.

Leeds v West Ham match odds

Leeds are without a win so far this season (D3 L2) although they appear to be in a false position, languishing in 17th place in the Premier League table after five games.

Only once in their history have they failed to win any of their first six games of a top-flight campaign, doing so in 1935-36, and they are 9/5 to beat the Hammers.

Held at home by Everton before being comprehensively beaten by Liverpool, they will hope to finally give their fans something to cheer about as they have been better away from home, picking up points at Burnley and Newcastle.

They have to tighten up at the back, however, as Leeds have leaked five goals in two league games – as many as they conceded in their previous nine games at Elland Road.

They did, however, manage to keep Championship side Fulham scoreless on Tuesday, going through to the League Cup fourth round on penalties following a 0-0 draw at Craven Cottage.

West Ham sit eighth in the table. They won their first two but have subsequently been held by Crystal Palace and Southampton before losing 2-1 at home to Manchester United last weekend.

Of course, as is so often the case with the Hammers, they saw one of their fans’ favourites return to score. Jesse Lingard, on loan last season, notched the winning goal and just for good measure, Mark Noble missed a last-minute spot-kick which would have kept them unbeaten.

The Hammers are 29/20 to win the clash, while the draw – which has been the result in three of the last six meetings between the sides – is on offer at 13/5.

Leeds v West Ham head-to-head

Though West Ham won both Premier League meetings last season – including a 2-1 victory at Elland Road – Leeds have invariably done well against the London side, and they have never lost consecutive home games to them in their history. Leeds are 4/7 to win or draw the game on the Double Chance market in the Leeds v West Ham betting tips.

Before those two victories last term, West Ham had managed just two wins against the Whites in their previous 28 clashes (D8 L18). They’ve not won three in a row against them since August 1949 (when they won four on the spin).

Both teams scored in six of the last eight meetings and it is 1/2 for that to happen this time, while five of the last nine clashes saw three or more total goals scored. It is 4/7 for three or more to be scored again.

Leeds v West Ham key battles

As much as Declan Rice is important for West Ham at the London Stadium, Kalvin Phillips is equally so for Leeds at Elland Road. The pair were a big reason why England went to the European Championship final in the summer, but their friendship will be put aside for 90 minutes and a fascinating battle in the midfield could determine which way this game goes.

Yet it is strikers that win games and Leeds have two potent weapons in Patrick Bamford and Raphinha. Bamford is 7/4 to score at any time and 5/1 to score the first goal, while Raphinha is 14/5 to score at any stage.

The Hammers rely too heavily on Michail Antonio, who is 13/8 to net at any time as he returns from suspension.

However, he has a poor record against Leeds. The Jamaica international has never scored in nine previous league games against the Whites.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Simon Milham