By David Woods

6th Mar, 2021 | 1:05pm

West Ham Super Fan delivers lowdown on clash v Leeds

This is part of a regular series from our panel of Super Fans on upcoming Leeds United games. ExWHUemployee is co-owner of the West Ham Way podcast and Patreon site 


Leeds United face a buoyant West Ham side on Monday night and are looking for revenge after a 2-1 defeat at Elland Road back in December.

Both West Ham goals came from set-pieces and how Leeds defend these could have a big say on the result of the upcoming game.

West Ham and Leeds are having great seasons. Leeds are safely in mid-table in their first season back in the top-flight. West Ham fans have nosebleeds and are eying the European places.

We asked West Ham Super Fan ExWHUemployee for his thoughts on the game, the latest team news and what he thinks will happen at the London Stadium on Monday Night.

You’re having a great season and you did a job on us at Elland Road. West Ham fans will be looking at this game as a dangerous encounter but presumably one where you’re expecting to get three points?

I never expect West Ham to get three points and will never confidentially declare that! I have been a West Ham fan long enough to expect the unexpected. That said, if we are going to mount a serious challenge for a Champions League spot, which I hope we do, then, with the greatest respect, we need to be aiming to get three points from this game.

Both West Ham keepers are a doubt for the game – are you confident about David Martin if he has to step up?

Moyes has said he expects at least one of the two injured keepers to be fit and I expect they will be. That said, David Martin has always been reliable when called upon in the past and has never let us down.

Are you expecting Antonio to play?

At this point in time, I have no reason to doubt that he will.

Will Moyes target set-pieces again?

Yes. I believe it’s been one of our greatest successes this year and one we focus a lot of our tactical game plan on. We have many people who are a danger at set-pieces and I hope that we get many opportunities to use them in the game.

Who are the main threats from West Ham?

I think our main threats are Antonio and Soucek. If feels like every game they either score or go very close to scoring and I expect this one to be no different.

Who do West Ham fans see as the main threats from Leeds?

Bamford is the player who has really stood out to me. I am pleased that he is doing so well for you as he has had a bit of a stop-start career before Leeds and seems a very good lad.

What’s your score prediction for the game and why?

I think we will win 2-0. I think you guys are fairly inconsistent so I don’t really know what to expect from you but we have been in great form this year and I hope it continues.

What do West Ham fans make of Leeds this season?

I have really enjoyed watching Leeds this year. I think you play great football and I like how you always attack games! Many Leeds games I’ve watched on TV have been entertaining. I really wanted you to go up this year because it’s always good to have the big teams in the top flight. It is just such a shame fans couldn’t go to the away games at Elland Road as I love that stadium and it’s been a while since I last went there (mid 90s I think). I also feel for you guys having waited so long for Premier League football again not to have been able to go to games!

Have you been surprised by how good Moyes has done and how well West Ham are doing?

I have been. I thought as long as we were not in a relegation fight this year it would have been a good year, so to be challenging the top four is way beyond the expectations that I had. Moyes has done a great job and made some top signings. He has installed a great backroom team too and I’m delighted with the job he has done this year.

Can you finish in the top-four?

While I really really hope we can, if I am realistic I think we will just miss out but hopefully secure a Europa League spot.

Leeds have injury problems ahead of the game with Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo facing late fitness tests.

Patrick Bamford should lead the line and man-of-the-moment Raphinha will be the player Leeds fans look to for inspiration.

This won’t be an easy match. Leeds haven’t won in London since December 2017 and while that might be pure coincidence, it hasn’t stopped fans from believing in ‘the curse’.

It’s going to be tough to break it on Monday – West Ham are in great form.

If we don’t beat West Ham, Leeds fans will be looking to the game at Fulham on Friday, March 19 as the real opportunity to put the London curse behind us.

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