Leeds and West Ham have suffered indifferent starts to the season despite being tipped for promotion, and both teams will be keen to kick-start their campaigns with an emphatic win at Upton Park on Sunday.
West Ham suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss to Cardiff on the opening day of the season amidst a wave of optimism from the Hammers support, but have responded well with solid wins over Doncaster and Watford to move them up into the play-off zone.
Leeds meanwhile suffered an opening day hammering at the hands of Southampton before a second loss against Middlesbrough. A much-needed win against Hull was just what the doctor ordered, but won’t have been enough to distract the Leeds faithful from the problems the club face both on and off the pitch.
Hundreds of fans gathered outside Elland Road before the Middlesbrough defeat to protest against chairman Ken Bates and the lack of investment in the club, who hit back by describing those involved in the protest as “morons”.
In contrast to a tumultuous last season and the trouble at Leeds, new West Ham boss Sam Allerdyce appears to have bought an element of calm to a club that looked to be falling apart.
James Tomkins, who picked up a hamstring strain in the 4-0 win over Watford, is a doubt for the game against Leeds, while new Hammers signing and former Aston Villa and Valencia forward John Carew could be in line for his first start after appearing for the reserves against Colchester this week.
Jonathan Howson and Max Gradel are back in contention for a start for Leeds having completed one-game bans that saw them sit out the win against Hull, but with Andy Keogh on loan from Wolves and Ramon Nunez available, Leeds boss Simon Grayson, who also lost Leigh Bromby and Ben Parker to hamstring injuries, will have to make a tough decision.