Big West Ham fan and Sky Sports reporter Bianca Westwood was asked for her prediction for the big Premier League clash between Leeds United and the Hammers on Friday night.
She left talkSPORT host Alan Brazil surprised when she said that she would be happy to come away with a draw.
Westwood was talking on the Breakfast show (talkSPORT, Thursday, 6.30am) when the Leeds game came up.
Brazil dubbed it a “big game” and asked Westwood what she thought the result would be.
“I’d be happy with a draw after a bad result against [Man] United last time out,” Westwood said.
That surprised Brazil who replied saying, “But you’re above them in the league?”
Attack v lesser attack
West Ham have had a fast start to the season and are currently in eighth place in the league, but Westwood knows her stuff and realises that going to Elland Road to take on this Marcelo Bielsa side is never going to be easy, even if Leeds have a severely weakened defence.
The philosophy for Leeds so far this season has been ‘we’ll score more than you’ and that might have to go double on Friday, with both Robin Koch and Diego Llorente ruled out.
The good news is that with Michail Antonio likely out, the Hammers attack will be severely weakened. Sebastien Haller might be the club’s leading scorer this season but four of his six have come in the EFL Cup.
Take those away and winger Jarrod Bowen is the leading scorer in the Premier League.
And we’d take Patrick Bamford, Jack Harrison, Raphinha and Rodrigo against Haller, Bowen and Said Benrahama.
Having said that, if both sides go for it it could be a fantastic game at Elland Road.
A win for the home side would put Leeds on the same points as West Ham, albeit with a weaker goal difference.
And the fact that anything but a win would be a disappointment for the Leeds fans, and that Hammers fans would be happy with a draw, shows how far the club has come already in the top flight.
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