West Ham United v Leeds United - All You Need To Know
West Ham United continue their 2020/21 Premier League campaign with the visit of Leeds United to London Stadium on Monday at 8pm.
The Club will be honouring late manager Glenn Roeder, who took charge between 2001-03, before kick-off.
The Hammers have had a nine-day break since their last fixture, a 2-1 defeat at leaders Manchester City, and have dropped out of the top four with Chelsea and Everton both playing twice in the meantime.
Despite that, the Irons have lost just twice in their last 12 Premier League matches and remain in a strong position with a dozen top-flight fixtures still to play.
Newly-promoted Leeds sat eleventh in the table going into the weekend, having enjoyed an impressive return to the Premier League under mercurial manager Marcelo Bielsa. There have been more goals in Leeds matches (87) than those of any other top-flight club this season.
The reverse fixture at Elland Road ended in a 2-1 win for the Hammers, who fell behind to Mateusz Klich's early twice-taken penalty, before turning things around through goals from Tomas Soucek and Angelo Ogbonna.
With England still under a national lockdown due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this means the game will be played without supporters present. However, the match will be shown live in the UK by Sky Sports, meaning our fans will be able to follow the action, safely, from home.
West Ham United manager David Moyes will definitely be without Angelo Ogbonna (high ankle sprain) and long-term absentee Arthur Masuaku (knee).
It remains to be seen if Andriy Yarmolenko (knee) will be available.
Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has a number of injury concerns. Germany defender Robin Koch could return from a knee injury, while Spain striker Rodrigo, England midfielder Kalvin Phillips and utility player Jamie Shackleton are hoping to return from hip, lower-leg and groin injuries respectively.
Midfielder Adam Forshaw is still out with a long-term groin problem and winger Ian Poveda has been out for a month with an ankle injury, but Swiss full-back Gaetano Berardi has returned to U23 action after seven months out with a knee ligament injury.
The opposition – Leeds United
If you asked English football fans which club, other than their own, they would love to watch on a regular basis, many would respond ‘Leeds United’.
Under enigmatic, almost mythical manager Marcelo Bielsa, the Peacocks have soared from the Championship to the upper half of the Premier League, playing a brand of entertaining, buccaneering football that it is impossible to take your eyes off.
Bielsa does not appear to care who his team is playing against, or how good they are, he will send his players out to run harder and farther than the opposition and hope they find the net enough times to outscore the opposition.
It is not a formula that always works out, far from it, but my goodness it is good to watch.
Leeds’ return to the Premier League after a 17-year absence was probably best summed up by their results in December.
Bielsa’s boys took the lead at Chelsea before going down to a 3-1 defeat, then did likewise at home to West Ham United and losing 2-1. Any disappointment was quickly shrugged off as a thrilling display saw Newcastle United dismantled 5-2 at Elland Road.
Four days later, Leeds played with abandon at Old Trafford, going toe-to-toe with Manchester United before losing an incredible game that featured 43 shots, 6-2.
Centre-forward Patrick Bamford’s penalty then secured a 1-0 home win over Burnley before Leeds rounded out a successful 2020 with a sensational 5-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion!
Leeds will be a Premier League team next season, and every fan who enjoys the beautiful game will be pleased about that.
How will they play?
Leeds United have come as advertised this season, with their non-stop, all-action, high-tempo risk-taking style leading to more goals-per-game in their matches than any other Premier League club.
Marcelo Bielsa’s open, attacking approach has seen his team flood forward, regardless of the opposition, exploiting gaps at one end of the pitch, and leaving them at the other.
Everyone knows how Leeds are going to play, but not everyone can stop them.
At the defensive end, statistically, Leeds are prone to individual errors and concede chances from both set pieces and open play.
West Ham United welcome Leeds United to east London for a Premier League fixture for the first time since November 2002 on Monday evening.
That match, played at the Boleyn Ground, ended in a 4-3 win for the visitors, despite two goals from Paolo Di Canio and one from Trevor Sinclair for the late Glenn Roeder’s side.
The Hammers were relegated at the end of the 2002/03 season and were followed into the second tier by Leeds a year later.
The pair met twice in the Championship in 2004/05, drawing 1-1 at the Boleyn Ground and Leeds winning 2-1 at Elland Road, and twice more in 2011/12 drawing 2-2 in east London and 1-1 in Yorkshire.
Monday evening therefore marks the first Premier League meeting since Seth Johnson scored and Frederic Kanoute was sent off in Leeds’ 1-0 win at Elland Road in February 2003.
Leeds also hold the overall edge in Premier League matches between the two sides, winning 14 of the 21 meetings in the competition, with four draws and three West Ham victories.
The third of those Hammers wins came on 11 December last year, of course, when Tomas Soucek and Angelo Ogbonna scored in a 2-1 Friday night win at Elland Road.
David Moyes has faced Leeds six times as a manager with Everton and West Ham, winning four, including his only previous matchup with Marcelo Bielsa, drawing one and losing just one.
By the numbers
22 West Ham United’s all-time record goalscorer Vic Watson netted a staggering 22 times in 15 career appearances against Leeds United. Even more impressively, Watson scored 15 of those 22 over four consecutive appearances between February 1929 and March 1930 – kicking-off with a record six in an 8-2 First Division win on 9 February 1929. He added two more in a 3-1 win at Elland Road that November, then grabbed all four in a 4-1 FA Cup fourth round win at the Boleyn Ground in January 1930, before rounding off an amazing 13 months with a hat-trick in the top-flight match at the same venue two months later!
41,003 With Monday’s game being played behind-closed-doors, the record attendance for a West Ham United home fixture with Leeds United will remain in place for another season. That was the 41,003 who were entertained royally in a 2-2 First Division draw at the Boleyn Ground on 31 March 1972. Billy Bonds and Geoff Hurst put the Hammers into a two-goal half-time lead before Leeds struck back after half-time through two Eddie Gray strikes.
7-0 West Ham United’s biggest-ever win over Leeds United by margin was not the aforementioned 8-2 in which Vic Watson went goal crazy, but a 7-0 League Cup fourth round win at the Boleyn Ground on 7 November 1966. Geoff Hurst and John Sissons both helped themselves to hat-tricks, while Martin Peters was also on target as Ron Greenwood’s team thrashed Don Revie’s Peacocks. For the record, Leeds had won the previous meeting, in the First Division at Elland Road in February 1966, 5-0!
12 Twelve players have made their West Ham United debuts against Leeds United, with the most-recent six all coming from the substitutes’ bench. The first of the 12 was half-back Matthew Smailes, who had the good fortune to debut in the 8-2 win in February 1929! Among the other eleven was 1975 FA Cup final hero Alan Taylor, who made his Hammers bow as a substitute in a 2-1 First Division win over the Peacocks at the Boleyn Ground in December 1974. More recently, Marco Boogers debuted as a replacement in a home Premier League defeat in August 1995, while John Carew and Ravel Morrison both debuted as substitutes during the 2011/12 Championship season – Carew in a 2-2 home draw and Morrison in a 1-1 draw at Elland Road.
20 West Ham United’s 2-1 win at Elland Road in December was the Irons’ first win over Leeds United in just over 20 years. The Peacocks were unbeaten in nine meetings with the Hammers dating back to West Ham’s 1-0 Premier League victory at Elland Road on 18 November 2000, when defender Nigel Winterburn was the unlikely matchwinner.
5 Five players have worn the colours of West Ham United and also been voted Leeds United’s Player of the Year – Brian Deane, Lee Bowyer (twice), Rio Ferdinand, Robert Snodgrass and Sam Byram. Ferdinand was also voted Hammer of the Year in 1998 at the age of 19 before moving to Elland Road in a world record transfer deal for a defender in November 2000 and being named Leeds’ Player of the Year in 2002.
19 The following 19 players have been on the books of both West Ham United and Leeds United: Lee Bowyer, Sam Byram (pictured), Sebastien Carole, Lee Chapman, Mervyn Day, Brian Deane, Hogan Ephraim, Rio Ferdinand, Hayden Foxe, Robert Green, Alf Harwood, William Jackson, Robbie Keane, Matthew Kilgallon, David Mangnall, George McCartney, Ian Moore, Robert Snodgrass and George Speak.
Referee: Mike Dean
Assistant Referees: Darren Cann and Derek Eaton
Fourth Official: Graham Scott
VAR: Andre Marriner
Assistant VAR: Edward Smart
Mike Dean was born in Wirral, just across the River Mersey from Liverpool, in June 1968, making him 52.
A Tranmere Rovers supporter, Dean began his refereeing career in the Northern Premier League before graduating to the Football League list of assistant referees in 1995.
After two seasons running the line and three as a Football League referee, Dean was promoted to the Select Group of Premier League officials in 2000.
Since then, Dean has refereed a succession of high-profile fixtures, including the FA Cup and League Cup finals and Championship Play-Off final.
Dean also took charge of international qualifiers and friendly matches up until 2013, when he reached FIFA’s mandatory retirement age of 45.
The first Premier League referee to show 100 red cards, Dean has refereed West Ham United on 59 occasions, including the 3-2 win over Manchester United in the final game at the Boleyn Ground in May 2016 and 1-0 FA Cup third-round win at Stockport County in January this year.
Moore Family Foundation
As one of West Ham United’s Principal Charity Partners, this fixture is dedicated to raising awareness for the Moore Family Foundation (MFF).
Established by Roberta Moore, the daughter of West Ham United legend Bobby Moore, MFF aims to provide educational, mentoring and pupil engagement provision which embodies the six core values displayed by the FIFA World Cup winning captain – courtesy, generosity, hard work, humbleness, respect for others and self-discipline.
The charity engages with some of the most vulnerable young people in East London and Essex by reaching out and assisting those attending alternative provisions. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the need for this initiative has never been greater; with it being of critical importance for MFF to maintain a high level of engagement and mental health and academic support across its beneficiaries.
In order for MFF to continue to provide life-changing pathways for the most vulnerable of young people, they are looking for individuals and organisations from our local community to help by offering work experience opportunities and donations.
To find out more about MFF please contact [email protected]