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'It's a trend': Paul Merson predicts Leeds United vs West Ham

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Former England international Paul Merson has predicted the result of Leeds United vs West Ham ahead of the game at Elland Road this afternoon.

Leeds have had a shocking start to the season so far. They are yet to win a game in the Premier League and are stuck in 17th at the moment. If they lose again today, there’s a good chance they’ll end up in the bottom two.

As for West Ham, David Moyes will be proud of how well his lads have done. They started the season brilliantly with back to back wins over Newcastle and Leicester. Their momentum in the league has taken a hit since, but they are still in a decent position after five games.

Paul Merson predicts Leeds United vs West Ham

The former Arsenal star wrote in his column on Sportskeeda: “If you watch Leeds United now, you’ll realize that teams are changing their players for the game and setting up accordingly to neutralize them – it’s a trend that has caught on in the Premier League.

“I think West Ham can win this game and if Michail Antonio plays, I don’t see how Leeds can live with his threat.

“Leeds probably won’t have the season they had last time around and have not started well. Liverpool could have scored seven past them two weeks ago, indicating that they are vulnerable at the back.

“West Ham aren’t in the same league as Liverpool, but they can hurt Leeds and should win this game, especially if Antonio returns to the side. Prediction: Leeds United 1-3 West Ham United”

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If form is anything to go by, West Ham are the absolute favourites to pick up the three points today. They are on a high following their win against Manchester United as well, which could make a real difference.

However, you can never fully write Leeds off.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men, on their day, can blow any team in the Premier League out of the water. They have the quality to really hurt sides, and with their backs against the wall after five games, today could well be their day.

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