FA: West Ham vs Leeds United

West Ham have won 2 consecutive victories to cut off the previous series of crisis matches. With the spirit back and still able to play on the Olympic nest, there are too many advantages for the “sledgehammer” to face Leeds in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.

A brace from Manuel Lanzini and another goal from Michail Antonio in the first half helped West Ham beat Crystal Palace 3-2 a few days ago. Although there were certain subjectivity when letting the opponent push and have 2 consecutive goals at the end of the match. But anyway, 3 points to open the new year is a very positive result for West Ham. Previously, “sledgehammer” closed 2021 with a strong 4-1 victory at Watford. The two victories mentioned above also ended West Ham’s series of five bad matches (draw 1, lose 4).

Currently, the Olympic Stadium team is in 5th place on the English Premier League table, in which they brought back 34 points through 20 rounds. Just 1 point behind the group that has a ticket to the Champions League, there are still many opportunities ahead for West Ham to break through. However, West Ham only won 1/19 encounters with Premier League teams in the FA Cup with the only victory being against Liverpool in 2016. Therefore, welcoming Leeds is an opportunity for teachers and coaches David Moyes to erase the game. .

For the second consecutive season in the Premier League, Leeds is facing a series of difficulties and even becoming a potential candidate for a relegation spot. After 19 matches, Leeds only won 4, drew 7 and lost 8. Currently with 19 points, the away team is in 16th place on the table. Although they are 8 points ahead of the group holding the red light, Leeds cannot be subjective because their performance is quite unstable at the moment. This team just had a successful New Year opening match to beat Burnley with a score of 3-1 at home.

This victory also ended the previous 3 consecutive defeats of coach Marcelo Bielsa and his students. Considering the history of confrontation, Leeds have lost the last 3 times against West Ham, more than the number of defeats in the previous 28 meetings with them. Besides, Leeds have been eliminated in this round of the FA Cup in the previous 4 seasons. Leeds’ defense has only kept a clean sheet in the last 2/12 matches and that is the grave for West Ham’s explosive attack to exploit.

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