West Ham United v Leeds United: YEP jury predictions

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The YEP jury look ahead to Leeds United’s clash with West Ham United at Upton Park.

KEITH INGHAM

Age: 51

Years following United: 37

Lives: Keighley

After witnessing a better team performance and a few great goals I left Elland Road on Wednesday night with a bit more optimism for the games to come.

O’Dea, Clayton, McCormack, Nunez all had good games and Keogh impressed on his first game back at the club he started at. The visit to West Ham will be hard after their 4-0 win at Watford. The big question is whether Howson and Gradel will return or will Simon stick with the same side as Tuesday? Prediction: West Ham United 1 Leeds United 2

SHAUN HARRIS

Age: 21

Years following United: 15

Lives: Cottingham

So Leeds travel to West Ham in good spirits after a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Hull in midweek. The introduction of both Aidan White and Andy Keogh to the starting line-up on Tuesday gave Leeds some real stability and allowed O’Dea to form a strong partnership with Kisnorbo. I felt McCormack had one his best games in a white shirt. West Ham will pose a big threat to Leeds with such players as Parker, Nolan, Taylor and Cole. I predict a really tough and tight encounter.

Prediction: West Ham United 1 Leeds United 1

DAVID GOODWILL

Age: 47

Years following United: 39

Lives: Yeadon

Doom and gloom turned to cheer and delight as United produced an unexpected four-goal salvo against the hapless Tigers, unfortunately the majority of column inches were reserved for the chairman’s latest comments.

Enforced changes demanded a rethink to our formation and food for thought ahead of the weekend with players available after suspension. Despite the midweek boost, there were still far too many opportunities for the opposition which better sides will punish.

Prediction: West Ham United 3 Leeds United 1

GARY NEWBOULD

Age: 40

Years following United: 40

Lives: York

With Gradel and Howson returning, Simon Grayson with have a difficult selection quandary tomorrow lunchtime both in terms of personnel and formation, with 4-4-2 paving the way to the midweek success with loanee Andy Keogh also making an impressive return. United’s defence will have to show some serious steel and on paper this is one of the most tricky matches of the season. Let’s play 4-4-2 and only one wide man from the start and be hard to beat.

Prediction: West Ham United 1 Leeds United 1

STEPHEN CLARK

Age: 39

Years following United: 22

Lives: Shipley

A fine performance on Tuesday night against Hull City means for the first time this season I can feel positive heading into a game.

The signing of Andy Keogh is an excellent one as he offers both pace, and an ability to hold the ball up. With a striker alongside him, Ross McCormack looks a different player and a much more potent weapon. I expect Gradel to replace Nunez. Howson may miss out as Clayton has been exceptional and I expect Brown to be retained.

Prediction: West Ham United 1 Leeds United 1

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