Following Wednesday’s win over Manchester United at Old Trafford which ensured their progression to the fourth-round of the Carabao Cup where they now face the unenviable task of trying to conquer Manchester City in Stratford, West Ham United’s attention now focuses back on the Premier League. They will attempt to claim their first win since 23 August when they travel to Elland Road to take on Leeds United this afternoon.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are currently winless in the top-flight this campaign. That, together with the fact that the home side were taken all the way to penalties by Sky Bet Championship side Fulham before having to travel back from Craven Cottage, may mean that the visitors will have a slight advantage as their tie finished within the ninety minutes.
Having said that, David Moyes will want his men to build on their cup success over the Red Devils in midweek and will be hoping to guide his side to a third successive win over the men from West Yorkshire, while in so doing, trying to improve his own personal record at the famous old stadium.
Moyes will more than likely name a similar starting line-up to the one that suffered the late heartbreak in their first home defeat of the season to Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side last Sunday. Michail Antonio missed the cup tie in midweek after being suspended for the game last weekend and he is set to come straight back into the side upfront.
With another game against SK Rapid Vienna in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday, Moyes may decide to rest goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański and hand Alphonse Areola a first Premier League start after the Frenchman impressed on his debut in Manchester. Andriy Yarmolenko and Manuel Lanzini will also be pushing for starts.
The match is a 3pm kick-off and the referee is Kevin Friend.