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.
Also on Sunday, Middlesbrough entertain Birmingham, who head to the Riverside on the back of a decent goalless draw in their Europa League qualifying clash at Nacional on Thursday. However, the Blues’ European exploits could have taken it out of them and a solid Boro look decent value at 6/5 (Totesport), especially as striker Marvin Emnes is in such a rich vein of form; he’s 6/1 with to break the deadlock.