It has been a good week for West Ham United as they eliminated Manchester United from the EFL Cup before clinching all three points against Leeds United in stoppage time. The victory against Rapid Vienna made it three wins in a row across all competitions.
West Ham made a few changes to their usual lineup for their Europa League match to avoid any fatigue for the players when they face their next opponents in the Premier League. The win against Leeds United ended a three-game winless run for the Hammers in the Premier League after making a very good start to the Premier League campaign.
The above visual shows us the shot map for West Ham United against Leeds United. West Ham had a high xG from the 18 shots that they attempted on the goal. They were able to keep 33.33% of these shots on target and also had one free-kick attempt on target. West Ham did have a high number of shots taken from the outside of the box, but most of these shots were off target.
West Ham have the third-highest xG and are just behind Manchester City and Liverpool, who are both top of the table with only one point separating them. West Ham have scored 13 goals so far this season, which is the second-best tally after Liverpool’s 15 goals. Their attacking players have been in top form since the start of the season and have helped rack up goals every game. Michail Antonio has the highest number of goal contributions in the league as he has scored five goals and assisted his teammates thrice.
Brentford held Liverpool to an exciting 3-3 draw at home last weekend thanks to goals from Ethan Pinnock, Vitaly Janelt and Yoane Wissa. Thomas Frank’s men have been impressive so far and their direct style of football has caused plenty of trouble for the Premier League teams so far. With only one defeat from their opening six games in the Premier League, the Bees remain in the top half of the table and continue to prove their worth as a top-flight side, while also conceding only five goals so far.
The Bees are second in the rankings for the number of successful aerial duels they have attempted in their matches so far. These aerial duels were not only attempted while defending their goal, but have also played a vital role in the goals they have scored in the league so far.
They are also second for the number of successful defensive duels they have attempted. The Bees defence has been a tough one to break and whenever teams have been able to score against them, they were able to score one against them. Their result against Liverpool proved that they are not only a defensive team, but can also score goals against the best defences in the league.
West Ham United predicted starting lineup:
Fabianski, Johnson, Zouma, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Fornals, Benrahma, Antonio.
Brentford predicted starting lineup:
Raya, Zanka, Ajer, Jansson, Canos, Janelt, Onyeka, Norgaard, Henry, Toney, Mbeumo.
West Ham will look to keep that momentum going but Moyes and his players will be well aware of the threat that the newly promoted Brentford side possesses. Coming from a 3-3 draw against Liverpool will have a very positive effect on the Brentford team and they will try to continue their successful start to the season.