Leeds United vs. West Ham United – EPL Pick December 11

Both Leeds and West Ham United will look to get back on track Friday afternoon in a crucial mid-table clash in the English Premier League.

It’s been an exciting return to top flight soccer for Leeds thus far. They play an open and attacking style, and are capable of giving any team a real run. Though they’ve slid down to 14th place after a hot start, this is still a side capable of improved results.

For the Hammers, they too have enjoyed a surprisingly effective start. Though they lost their last time out to Man United, West Ham are eighth place and remain in striking distance of those coveted top-4 positions. David Moyes has brought stability to this talented group, one that is finally seeming to play to their potential.

This should be a cracking match to kickoff Gameweek 12 in the EPL. Continue reading on beneath the posted odds for further analysis, team news, and a full betting breakdown. Enjoy the match!

Leeds vs. West Ham Betting Odds:

Leeds United (+115)
Draw (+275)
West Ham United (+235)

Over 3 (+100)
Under 3 (-120)

*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag

Leeds vs. West Ham Pick:

Expect Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa to have to get creative in his preparation for this key contest. His side is slated to be without both Robin Koch and Diego Llorentre, likely leaving them thin at the back as a result. The defensive side of the ball has never been a strong point for Leeds, and without that duo – keeping West Ham out will prove to be problematic.

Leeds will line-up in their familiar 4-1-4-1 formation, with Patrick Bamford leading the line up top. The attacker could be left isolated though, as West Ham under Moyes have been thriving in a 5-4-1 formation, striking hard on the counter-attack.

Look for the Hammers to continue that style of play, while allowing Leeds much of the possession. Though Michail Antonio will miss out up top, their strengths right now lie in their play without the ball. Five at the back has worked out well, while Sebastian Haller is capable enough to lead the line up top.

In the middle of the pitch, Declan Rice is an exemplary ball winner and distributor. Leeds will need to close down on him quickly if they want to retain possession.  If Rice has time on the ball to put it to the feet of Haller, it will put a ton of pressure on this unproven Leeds United’ back-line.

Expect Leeds to consistently try to push more and more players forward, to go for the full three points on Friday. They’ll have to against a loaded box from West Ham United. But the Hammers are rigid this season, having allowed just 14 goals all campaign. Ultimately, expect West Ham to frustrate Leeds and sneak a late goal on the counter. At a juicy underdog price, the value lies with West Ham to continue their improbable season.

My Pick
West Ham
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.