West Ham vs Leeds LIVE! Premier League match stream, latest score and goal updates today
West Ham play their final home game of the Premier League season against relegation-threatened Leeds today. While David Moyes will be keen to finish their campaign at the London Stadium on a high, little will be able to match the euphoria of Thursday night.
Horrific scenes may have marred the end of their Europa Conference League win over AZ Alkmaar but the fact remains that the Hammers are in a European final. They stand on the brink of history and Moyes could well write himself into the club’s folklore should they overcome Fiorentina in Prague next month. As such, a rotated starting line-up is expected to be named for this game.
Leeds, with former Irons boss Sam Allardyce in the dugout, are fighting for their lives near the bottom of the table. Follow West Ham vs Leeds LIVE with Standard Sport’s match blog, with Malik Ouzia providing expert analysis from the ground!
West Ham vs Leeds: Video preview
Sam Allardyce speaks out on Patrick Bamford abuse
Following threats made against Leeds striker Patrick Bamford and his family in the aftermath of his missed penalty last weekend, Sam Allardyce has spoken of the player’s “determination” for today’s game.
“Patrick is determined, he’s been in a positive frame of mind since the club helped sort the situation – that seems to have calmed down now,” he tells Sky Sports on the London Stadium pitch.
“Of course it’s very sad to see that situation occur, at such a high intense level where people are threatening your life.
“The only thing that Patrick can do now is go out and make the Leeds fans proud by trying to score the goal that gets three points today, and play his best.
“I hope that that’s the case because he deserves that.”
West Ham vs Leeds: Countdown to kick-off
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Sam Allardyce lays out Leeds gameplan
Leeds boss Sam Allardyce wants his team to calm things down a bit on the ball as they head to West Ham today.
“Confidence has grown, application has been applied,” Allardyce said. “Possession could get better.
“We’ve been so up for it and so frantic to try and do well, close the opposition down and make life difficult, that when we’ve actually won the ball back we’ve still been so hyper that we haven’t been able to calm down.
“The difference between those two is something we’ve talked about – being calmer when we’re on the ball.
“Whatever the situation is, we have to deal with it, we have to accept it and we have to make it spur us on to the best performance we can give.”
David Moyes’ future in doubt?
Reports have emerged this weekend from Football Insider that the West Ham manager will walk away from the club at the end of the season.
Having led the Hammers to the Europa Conference League final, Moyes is reportedly planning to quit whatever the outcome against Fiorentina.
Moving back to his family home in the north-west is said to be his priority despite having a year left on his contract.
Watch this space…
Two changes for Leeds
The suspended Junior Firpo is replaced by Pascal Struijk in the visitors’ backline today, while Adam Forshaw replaces Sam Greenwood in midfield.
Marc Roca and Liam Cooper are also fit for the bench.
Pablo Fornals starts for West Ham
The midweek matchwinner is handed a starting berth down the left wing for West Ham as David Moyes avoids making several changes to his team.
The defence is shaken up with Vladimir Coufal, Angelo Ogbonna and Emerson Palmieri introduced alongside Kurt Zouma.
Michail Antonio and Said Benraham also drop out, handing Fornals and Danny Ings the chance to impress.
Your Leeds team today
Leeds XI: Robles; Ayling, Kristensen, Struijk, Wober; McKennie, Koch, Forshaw; Rodrigo, Bamford, Harrison.
Subs: Meslier, Cooper, Roca, Mullen, Greenwood, Summerville, Aaronson, Rutter, Gnonto.