West Ham have bounced back well from their opening day defeat to Cardiff, carding two consecutive away wins and keeping clean sheets in both so they go into the televised clash against Leeds in confident mood.
Simon Grayson’s men have also lifted spirits in the camp with a much-needed 4-1 midweek triumph against Hull, a vital victory on the back of a couple of defeats but Tuesday’s result perhaps only papers over the cracks at Elland Road and the Whites still look defensively vulnerable.
That could prove to be a problem at Upton Park, especially as the Hammers fired four at Watford last time out and a home win subsequently looks a banker at 4/5 with Coral.
Kevin Nolan has played a significant role so far for Sam Allardyce’s men, showing his Premiership class and he can torment Leeds in this one. The attacking midfielder’s forward runs are always difficult to track and the former Newcastle man has every chance of evading the shaky Whites rearguard to find the net at some stage, an outcome Stan James price at a juicy 2/1.
Two home defeats in the space of a week have given pre-season title favourites Leicester a reality check and they won’t find it easy to turn things around in their derby showdown at Nottingham Forest.
It’s the battle of two former England managers at the City Ground but after they got their season up-and-running with a triumph at Doncaster in midweek, Steve McClaren’s men could heap more misery on Sven Goran Eriksson’s troops, Paddy Power pricing the hosts at 6/4.
Derby meanwhile, have been the surprise package so far, winning all three fixtures including, rather impressively, Wednesday’s visit to Blackpool and the Rams are an enticing 5/6 (Betfred) to continue their hot streak by seeing off rock-bottom Doncaster at Pride Park.