Mark Lawrenson predicts Leeds United will suffer a second consecutive defeat at the hands of West Ham at the London Stadium on Monday night.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men have struggled to hit a consistent run of form in recent weeks and find themselves sitting in 11th place in the Premier League.
Lawrenson admits the lack of consistency means you never really know what you’re going to get from the Whites and claims West Ham, who were fourth in the table up until Thursday, should be able to earn all three points, earning a 2-0 win in East London.
“Leeds are very up and down at the moment – they are a bit like Aston Villa in that they are hard to predict,” Lawrenson said on the BBC Sport website.
“West Ham have been far more consistent, which is why they are in the race for the top four. Yes, they lost at Manchester City last weekend but that was still a very good performance.
“If Kalvin Phillips is back in the Leeds midfield then that improves their chances, but I’m backing the Hammers to maintain their impressive form.”
London curse to be broken?
Leeds fans know all too well about their inability to win in the capital.
The Yorkshire club has not won in London since December 2017. 15 matches have gone by since then and up next is a trip to a stadium that doesn’t have the best name for a team who cannot buy a win in the capital city.
West Ham have had a brilliant season.
David Moyes, in less than a year, has transformed the Hammers from relegation contenders to one that was sat in the top-four earlier this week and are genuinely fighting for a spot in Europe.
They’ve lost seven matches in the Premier League this season and all but one of those have been against the traditional ‘big six’ teams.
Last weekend they were beaten 2-1 by Manchester City at the Etihad and while they lost that game, it was an impressive performance by Moyes’ men.
Leeds are struggling to hit a consistent run of form this season, which is why they are slap-bang in the middle of the table.
But it would be great if they can hit their stride on Monday night, break their London curse and show their intent to finish in the top half in the process.
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