Three aspects of West Ham's system under David Moyes for Leeds United to look out for
IN the latest of a new series for the Yorkshire Evening Post, Jon Mackenzie takes a deeper look at Leeds United's next opponents - West Ham United.
It seems a long time ago that West Ham United turned an early 1-0 deficit at Elland Road to a 2-1 advantage.
Since then, Leeds United have a new pitch, Diego Llorente has finally returned from injury and Raphinha has blossomed into one of the hottest talents in the Premier League.
West Ham, however, are still holding on to their place in the European qualification spots.
Here are three aspects of David Moyes’ system to look out for this evening:
A winning formula:
The last time these two teams faced one another, West Ham were trying out a brand new system.
Where they had previously gone with a 3-4-3 formation, David Moyes set them up in a 4-2-3-1 formation at Elland Road.
They’ve barely looked back.
While they still have the 3-4-3 in their locker, they only tend to use it against teams where they want extra cover defensively.
Expect the 4-2-3-1 to be on show at the London Stadium.
At Elland Road, West Ham caused Leeds some problems with their build-up particularly in the first half.
With Said Benrahma in the number 10 slot staying close to Kalvin Phillips and their two wide players pushing onto the full-backs, Leeds had to go a little more direct than they usually would.
Tonight, Benrahma is likely to be replaced by Jesse Lingard, recently arrived from Manchester United.
One of the best pressers in the league, Lingard could cause the Leeds United defensive midfielder no end of problems in the build-up.
Last time around, Leeds United were undone through two set pieces.
This was at a time when Leeds were under intense scrutiny for their defensive set-piece failures.
However, since then, Pascal Struijk and Diego Llorente have added a little more aerial dominance to the Leeds back line.
The West Ham game tonight will be their sternest test yet.
Jon Mackenzie runs All Stats Aren’t We, a Leeds United media channel that focuses on the tactical and statistical aspects of the game.
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