West Ham solid but bright forecast for Leeds United with Newcastle United fancied to join West Brom and Sheffield United in going down

WEST HAM are firm favourites to condemn Leeds United to another defeat in London tonight but the Whites are far from written off and still quietly fancied for a top-half finish.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 11:57 am

The seventh-placed Hammers are hovering around the even money mark to take all three points and no bigger than 13-11 whereas Leeds are on offer at 13-5.

The draw is available at 11-4 and Hammers striker Michail Antonio is 5-1 favourite to score first and only 73-50 as an any time scorer.

But 11th-placed Leeds are given a definite squeak by the bookies as Patrick Bamford is 6-1 second favourite to net first and 5-2 any time in his bid to supplement his haul of 13 for the campaign.

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Midfielder Tomas Soucek currently heads the Hammers goal charts with eight and the Czech Republic international looks a decent price at 8-1 to score first and 13-5 any time.

Youngster Ademipo Odubeko is shorter at 7-1 to net the opener and Jesse Lingard is next in the market after Soucek at 17-2 which also looks big.

Young Whites duo Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood are then next at 9s, followed by Rodrigo who could be involved after coming through 45 minutes for United's under-23s and is 19-2 to net first.

West Ham's Jarrod Bowen is then 10s, followed by Leeds wing star Raphinha at 11s.

CHIEF THREAT: Michail Antonio, above, is favourite to score first in Monday night's clash between West Ham and Leeds United at the London Stadium. Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images.

Two more Hammers threats are next in Said Benramha and Manuel Lanzini who are both 12s before United's Tyler Roberts at 13s.

Whites trio Helder Costa (14s), Pablo Hernandez (14s) and Jack Harrison (31-2) then come next before the home side's Mark Noble (16s), Declan Rice (20s) and Pablo Fornals (20s) as well as United's Mateusz Klich (also 20s).

Centre back Angelo Ogbonna scored the winner in December's 2-1 triumph at Elland Road but is 28-1 to score first, the same price as Craig Dawson and bigger than Stuart Dallas (25s).

But whilst West Ham are firm favourites in the outright betting market, a 1-1 draw heads the correct score list at 36-5, followed by a 2-1 triumph for the hosts at 9s and a 1-0 Hammers victory at 21-2. A 2-1 Whites win is next at 25-2.

Leeds are still huge odds to go down despite Fulham's continued revival as the Whites are 300-1 for the drop.

Basement boys Sheffield United are considered as good as gone at 1-100 and second-bottom West Brom are not far behind at 1-25 but as short as 1-66 in places.

Alarmingly for the Magpies, fifth-bottom Newcastle United are now third favourites to go down at 11-10 and more fancied for the drop than third-bottom Fulham who are now as big as 2s.

Fourth-bottom Brighton (6-1) and sixth-bottom Burnley (8-1) are rated the only other main contenders given that Crystal Palace are 40s and Southampton 80s.

Wolves are next at 250-1 and then Leeds who are only 3-1 for a top-half finish.

But that is rated as nearly guaranteed for the Hammers who are as short as 1-66 to finish in the top ten, 11-8 for the top six and 9-2 for the top four, a bigger price than Liverpool who are just 10-3 to seal a Champions League berth.

Manchester City (1-100), Manchester United (2-13), Chelsea (10-21) and Leicester City (5-7) are the four favourites to take out the Champions League spots with Tottenham 16-5 and Everton 49-10.

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Thank you Laura Collins