View: West Ham should change nothing for repeat Leeds clash
West Ham United have a big psychological advantage over this weekend’s opponents Leeds United having already knocked them out of the FA Cup this season.
It was only last Sunday (9 January) that the Hammers brushed off Marcelo Bielsa’s side in a dominant display despite only finding the net twice in a 2-0 win.
The scoreline though didn’t tell the whole story as West Ham controlled and dominated large parts of the game without penetrating a young Leeds team.
One would expect to see Bielsa change things around for their second visit to the London Stadium in as many weekends but that doesn’t mean David Moyes needs to do the same.
The Scotsman will be without Tomas Soucek again after the big Czech midfielder missed the midweek win against Norwich through illness.
He was replaced by the more attack-minded Pablo Fornals against the Canaries and it looks likely that he will do so again on Sunday (16 January).
If you were David Moyes, why would you change a formula that has brought so much success?
We expect that West Ham will name an unchanged starting 11 although the impending return of Kurt Zouma from injury could see either Issa Diop or Craig Dawson drop out in the near future.
You can’t see anyone being rested for this game with every point vital in the race for Champions League football coupled with Leeds seeing senior players return to action.
To put it simply, Moyes should leave the team sheet up from Wednesday’s win and his team talk is fairly easy: “Do that again.”
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