'I'm going to go for...' - Mark Lawrenson predicts West Ham v Leeds
Mark Lawrenson is expecting a repeat of last week’s game after picking West Ham to beat Leeds in the Premier League in his BBC Sport predictions.
The two sides met in the FA Cup third-round and the Hammers came out as 2-0 winners on the night, thanks to a controversial Manuel Lanzini goal and a late Jarrod Bowen strike.
Now BBC pundit Lawrenson has admitted that he is expecting more of the same at the London Stadium this weekend, picking West Ham to come out as 2-0 winners once again to earn all three points.
“West Ham have picked up again after their little slump in results and have now won four games in a row in all competitions.
“That run included their win over Leeds in the FA Cup last weekend and I am going to go for the same outcome this time.
“The Hammers are very powerful and such a difficult side to play against now with the pace they have in attack. I don’t see Leeds in any danger of the drop, but I also can’t see them keeping West Ham out.”
As Lawrenson mentioned, the Hammers are in great form right now having won their last four games in a row and already beating Leeds relatively comfortably just last week.
Neither side have strengthened their team in the transfer window yet, but West Ham should have the advantage in terms of playing staff considering Leeds are struggling badly with injuries.
Jarrod Bowen is in the form of his life and scored twice in midweek against Norwich, so with the Hammers chasing fourth place they know they need to keep their foot on the pedal.
Moyes will likely line up in a similar way to the FA Cup game and because of that Hammers fans should feel confident of securing all three points.
Michail Antonio is due a goal too, so Lawrenson’s prediction doesn’t look too bad at all on paper.
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