West Ham Utd v Leeds Utd Match Thread - Phillips in for Struijk, Berardi & Rodrigo make the bench

05 Mar 2021 10:11 am, by Ellandback1


Monday 8th March 2021 20:00 | London Stadium


Leeds travel down the A1M to the London Stadium on Monday evening to play high flying West Ham Utd. They hope to put their London voodoo to rest as they have not won a fixture in England's capital since December 2017 (away at QPR). With players on the comeback trial, they have an increased chance of leaving East London with at least a share of the spoils. Bielsa revealed in his pre match presser that a number of first team players may be in a position to resume first team duties, depending on how they fared in the U23s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Aggborough on Friday. Rodrigo, Gaetano Berardi and Ian Poveda all played on Friday and make the bench tonight. Pascal Struijk fails a fitness test having been forced off in the home defeat by Aston Villa and will be replaced by Kalvin Phillips. Helder Costa will keep his place on the wing ahead of Jack Harrison.

The Hammers currently occupy six place in the top flight, 10 points ahead of Leeds in 11th on 35 point. David Moyes team are only six points off 2nd place. The East End club are suffering a goal keeping crisis. Lukasz Fabianski and Darren Randolph are suffering with elbow and thigh injuries respectively. Third-choice David Martin may deputise. The 35 year old, son of West Ham legend Alvin Martin had a brief loan at Elland Road in 2009, but did not play. He is no relation to Alan Martin, who played between the sticks for Leeds between 2007-11. He now plays for Bruno's Magpies in the Gibraltar National League! Ryan Fredericks will face a late fitness test.




When the two teams met at Elland Road the Londoners came away 2-1 winners despite Mateusz Klich opening the scoring from the spot (at the second time of asking) for Leeds. West Ham exploited Leeds United's set piece vulnerability with their headed from Soucek and Ogbonna goals coming from a corner and a free kick. In an entertaining game where both sides created numerous chances, Meslier superbly kept out a second-half header from Fabian Balbuena and saved Sebastien Haller's overhead kick. After Ogbonna rose at the far post to power home Aaron Creswell's inviting free-kick for what proved the winner, Leeds wasted their best chance to level when Rodrigo headed straight at Lukasz Fabianski from six yards.

West Ham are winless in their past seven home games against Leeds (D4, L3). The Hammers are looking to complete their first league double over Leeds since 1953-54, and their first top-flight league double since 1929-30. West Ham have won four of their past five home league matches. Only Manchester City have earned more more Premier League points than West Ham's 22 in 2021. Leeds have lost three of their past four league games and could lose a third consecutive away match in the top flight. Leeds have lost 12 of their last 13 fixtures in London in all competitions, losing all four in the capital in the Premier League this season.


Leeds Starting XI
Meslier, Ayling, Llorente, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Roberts, Costa, Raphinha, Bamford

Subs: Caprile, Alioski, Davis, Berardi, Jenkins, Huggins, Harrison, Poveda, Rodrigo

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Smudge3920 wrote on 10 Mar 2021 04:36 pm

1964white wrote: Wed Mar 10, 2021 4:33 pm You posted "Because they have a "potential" future with the club, I will say again IMO Costa, Roberts and Harrison are being assessed to determine their future"

Sorry Smudge I don't believe they have potential future at Leeds, imo they don't need to be assessed as it's a foregone conclusion they are not good enough if we wish to reach for the stars.

Playing our weaker players will cost us points/places in the final PL table come the end of the season.

Not one of them have shown any consistency in their two or three seasons tenure at Leeds, not even in the championship. (maybe Jack did last season)

Once I compile the players ratings at the end of the season I suspect all three will have an average rating of 5 or lower.
"potential" future with the club
Exactly..potential Leon...which means it can go either way, dependant on MB's decision, not yours not mine... so many quotes get twisted or misquoted by people to try and bolster there own opinions.

1964white wrote on 10 Mar 2021 04:33 pm

Smudge3920 wrote: Wed Mar 10, 2021 3:55 pm You know perfectly well Leon , that is not what I was saying.
You posted "Because they have a "potential" future with the club, I will say again IMO Costa, Roberts and Harrison are being assessed to determine their future"

Sorry Smudge I don't believe they have potential future at Leeds, imo they don't need to be assessed as it's a foregone conclusion they are not good enough if we wish to reach for the stars.

Playing our weaker players will cost us points/places in the final PL table come the end of the season.

Not one of them have shown any consistency in their two or three seasons tenure at Leeds, not even in the championship. (maybe Jack did last season)

Once I compile the players ratings at the end of the season I suspect all three will have an average rating of 5 or lower.

Smudge3920 wrote on 10 Mar 2021 03:55 pm

1964white wrote: Tue Mar 09, 2021 4:53 pm God help us if Costa, Roberts & Jack are our future.

I doubt not one of them will establish a regular first team place next season with the summer signings coming in.

Jack the most likely lad out of the three!
You know perfectly well Leon , that is not what I was saying.

Peter in Blackpool wrote on 10 Mar 2021 10:55 am

1964white wrote: Mon Mar 08, 2021 9:36 pm We lost this game in the first-half by picking the wrong team

Told ya we are weak in the midfield with Klich & Roberts, Costa is such a soft lad

All three now off & we've looked a better side!
....and who picks that team?

Peter in Blackpool wrote on 10 Mar 2021 10:53 am

1964white wrote: Mon Mar 08, 2021 10:17 pm I wouldn't put money on that SG

Bielsa's love for those three is unbelievable, three footballers who have offered very little over the last few months.

Those three stooges selected week in week out is an absolute joke!
well, thats mr stubborn (i do not learn) for you