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Eleven places and 15 points separate these two teams in the Premier League table, with one pushing for Champions League football and the other more concerned about relegation, yet they enter this match in very similar form.
West Ham have won two and lost four of their last seven games, while Leeds have won two and lost four of their last nine, and both sides come into the game off the back of a very welcome win to open up 2022.
The Hammers looked to have all three points wrapped up at Crystal Palace when they went into half time 3-0 ahead on New Year’s Day, but they were forced to withstand a late fightback to hold on to a 3-2 victory.
That result leaves West Ham just a point adrift of the top four, yet it was also the first time they had recorded back-to-back wins since October, while they had only won one of their previous nine outings before those two triumphs.
Both of those victories came away from home too, and they are still without a win in front of their own fans since beating Chelsea on December 4, losing both of their games at the London Stadium since then.
West Ham are expected to make some changes for this tie, with one eye on Wednesday’s rearranged game against Norwich, which could include a return to the starting lineup for captain Mark Noble.
Michail Antonio will be pushing for a start fresh from signing a contract extension at the club, but his injury record could see Moyes err on the side of caution for cup games.
The hosts will be without Said Benrahma, who has joined up with Algeria at the Africa Cup of Nations, while centre-back duo Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna remain sidelined.
Pablo Fornals and Aaron Cresswell are expected to miss out too, but there could be starting opportunities for fringe players such Alphonse Areola, Ryan Fredericks and Andriy Yarmolenko.
Leeds’ troubles this season must be mentioned in the same breath as their injury list, which shows little sign of improving.
Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper are expected to be out until March, while Rodrigo Moreno, Pascal Struijk, Charlie Cresswell and Jamie Shackleton are also long-term absentees.
Patrick Bamford is nearing a return from his latest injury, although he may not be risked from the start in this cup game given his struggles so far this season.
Tyler Roberts and Joe Gelhardt have joined the injury list recently too, leaving Bielsa without as many as 10 first-team players for this match.
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Diego Llorente is available for this game, although he will miss next weekend’s trip back to the London Stadium due to suspension, having picked up five yellow cards in the Premier League.
West Ham United possible starting lineup:
Areola; Fredericks, Dawson, Diop, Johnson; Kral, Noble; Yarmolenko, Vlasic, Masuaku; Bowen
Leeds United possible starting lineup:
Meslier; Drameh, Ayling, Llorente, Firpo; Forshaw, Dallas; Summerville, Klich, James; Greenwood