Sky Sports pundit Lewis Jones has predicted that West Ham will come out on top of a tight game in east London on Monday against Leeds United.
West Ham have already beaten Leeds 2-1 and Jones thinks that will be the scoreline again.
He said West Ham are “one of the most dangerous teams” from set-pieces and that Leeds can’t defend them. He predicted Craig Dawson to get on the end of one of them.
Writing in his regular Sky Sports column Jones said, “Set pieces could be where this game will be won.
“Leeds have conceded 10 headed goals this season – more than any other club.
“And although West Ham aren’t moving with the times in terms of style (who says you need to move with the times anyway?) David Moyes has a no-nonsense, full-of-physicality team that has scored more headers than any other team this season.
“This area of weakness with Leeds is likely to be exploited by West Ham, who have become one of the most dangerous teams from set-pieces under Moyes. Craig Dawson is usually flinging his carcass in the direction of a delivery. He’s scored three times since the turn of the year – another one could be due here.”
Rodrigo key for Leeds
Jones thinks Dawson will be the big threat on Monday night.
We think Tomáš Souček is going to be the man to watch. He scored in the reverse fixture and has been in sensational form this season.
The good news for Leeds is that Rodrigo is back after injury. He played 45 minutes for the Leeds Under-23s on Friday afternoon, scoring both goals in the 2-0 win.
Will he go straight into the line-up on Monday?
It’s hard to say. Bielsa doesn’t normally throw players straight back into the side after this amount of time out, but he looked 100% in the Under-23s.
Leeds have really missed his creative pull on the game and he’s definitely got a chance of making the starting XI.
He won’t help out much on set pieces but Diego Llorente is back at the back and he’s got the skills to keep Dawson and Souček quiet.
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