West Ham host Leeds United on Sunday for a Premier League replay of the FA Cup third round last weekend.
David Moye’s team won 2-0 when the pair met exactly seven days before their upcoming match, in the same place. Both coaches made changes from their strongest XI – although Leeds more so when three teenagers with 13 Premier League minutes between them during their senior careers started.
Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming rematch.
When is kick off? Sunday 16 January, 14:00 (GMT)Where is the match played? London StadiumTV channel / livestream? Sky Sports Main Event (UK), USA Network (USA), DAZN (Canada)Highlights? Sky Sports Football YouTube, Today’s Match 2Judge? Mike DeanWHERE? Craig Pawson
Moyes may be optimistic about midfielder Kurt Zouma’s upcoming return, but Tomas Soucek has tested positive for Covid-19 and may not have time to go back in time for this one.
West Ham could finally welcome Aaron Cresswell back into the squad on Wednesday night, but Ryan Fredericks was another player missing along with the injured club captain Mark Noble (knee).
Long-term absentee Angelo Ogbonna and AFCON contestant Said Benrahma will also be missed.
You can read West Ham’s expected line-up here.
Gelhardt was injured in training / Stu Forster / GettyImages
Both Tyler Roberts and Joe Gelhardt have been out until February, which contributes to Leeds’ relentless injury problems.
Jamie Shackleton, Charlie Cresswell, Rodrigo Moreno, Pascal Struikj, Patrick Bamford, Liam Cooper and Kalvin Phillips are all out of action, as is the suspended Diego Llorente.
Left-back Junior Firpo is also doubtful after suffering a head injury against West Ham last weekend.
You can read Leeds’ expected line-up here.
Last week’s cup triumph gave West Ham a fourth straight victory over the Yorkshire outfit in all competitions, as many wins as they could earn in their previous 37 meetings with Leeds (D12 L21).
West Ham have not won four straight league games against the Whites since a series of victories between 1948 and 1949 when the pair knocked it out in the middle of England’s second tier.
For Leeds’ latest victory, you have to go back to the end of the 2004/05 championship season, when Shaun Derry’s late strike gave Kevin Blackwell’s team a 2-1 victory.
David Moyes (left) and Marcelo Bielsa have taken responsibility for more than 1,500 matches between them / JUSTIN TALLIS / GettyImages
After a shaky December, which resulted in five games without a win in all competitions – including four losses and two lost points against relegated Burnley – Moyes has stabilized the ship. In fact, West Ham enter the competition after their best race of the season, four straight wins in all competitions.
Leeds have not collected two wins per spin all semester. Although Marcelo Bielsa’s team got a desperately needed triumph over Burnley in their latest Premier League outing to give some respite above the relegation zone.
However, West Ham have shown their superiority over the 16th-placed side just last week and are favorites again, even with the upgrades Leeds can make from what is still a decimated squad.
Prediction: West Ham 2-1 Leeds
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