Preview: West Ham United vs Leeds United

Preview: West Ham United vs Leeds United

A look ahead to the FA Cup tie.

Leeds United will begin their 2021/22 Emirates FA Cup journey as they travel to face West Ham United away from home on Sunday afternoon, 2pm. 

Coming into the game, both David Moyes and Marcelo Bielsa watched their side pick up victories to begin 2022, both scoring three goals in the process.  

The Whites have entered the competition at the Third Round stage along with the hosts, as the pair were drawn together to set up an all Premier League encounter, prior to the sides facing each other in league action next weekend. 

The game will be played at the London Stadium and is being shown live on ITV. Thousands of Whites have tickets to attend the match and support the team, so it is set up for an entertaining encounter. 

This will be the first time that the teams have met in the FA Cup, with the last meeting seeing them play another in 1930! The Hammers ran out winners on that occasion, but in the two matches before, the Whites won once and the other was a draw. 

West Ham have won the last three meetings between the two teams, including both in the league last season. The last time Leeds won against Sunday’s opponents was in 2005, with the last win away from home coming in a 4-3 thriller back in 2002. 

Supporters are reminded that there won’t be a replay should the match finish level, the tie will go straight to extra-time. Five substitutes are permitted to be used and VAR will also be in use at the London Stadium. 

Leeds have won the FA Cup once, coming in 1972, whilst Sunday’s hosts have lifted the trophy on three occasions, 1964, 1975 and 1980, meaning it has been some time since either side tasted success in the competition.  

The draw for the Fourth Round of the competition will take place directly after full-time on Sunday, with David James and Leah Williamson conducting the draw live from Wembley Stadium at approximately 16:50, live on ITV. 

For those not attending or able to watch on television, commentary is available as always on LUTV, with up to date blog coverage on 

Manager/head coach:

West Ham: David Moyes

Leeds: Marcelo Bielsa 

What has Marcelo Bielsa said, ahead of the match?

“We always try to win in every official game we have. There is never a need for added motivation. Every time that the group plays, the desire is always the maximum and to win. We're going to try that the characteristics of our play are expressed and that will allow us to beat them. Every competition is a possibility and we take it in that way. Every game we focus on it with the intention to win it.”

Last season: 

West Ham: Fifth Round

Leeds: Third Round

Last five form (all competitions): 

West Ham: LLLWW

Leeds: DLLLW

Top scorer

West Ham: Michail Antonio (9)

Leeds: Raphinha (8)

Head to head

West Ham: 30

Draw: 29

Leeds: 48

A memorable Whites moment from the FA Cup…

Team news

Leeds continue to have players missing through injury. Tyler Roberts and Joe Gelhardt are the latest names to be ruled out, whilst Pascal Struijk, Rodrigo, Liam Cooper, Kalvin Phillips, Jamie Shackleton and Charlie Cresswell all still remain injured. The Whites are boosted by the news that Patrick Bamford could return to action.  

The Hammers are without some key defensive options in Kurt Zouma, Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell, who all have injuries. Said Benrahma has gone to the AFCON and Pablo Fornals also remains doubtful having been on the sidelines lately. 


Referee - Stuart Attwell

Assistant Referee 1 - Stuart Ledger

Assistant Referee 2 - Neil Davies

Fourth Official - Jarred Gillett

Video Assistant Referee - Peter Bankes

The key battle

Jarrod Bowen vs Raphinha

Take a look over some key stats this season as these two tricky individuals are likely to go head to head against one another, in search of sending their teams into the next round of the FA Cup. 

Latest odds

West Ham: 3/4

Draw: 29/10

Leeds: 100/30

How to watch

The match has been selected for live coverage on ITV. Commentary is available as always on LUTV, with up to date blog coverage on 

Supporter information

West Ham United have asked Leeds United supporters attending the London Stadium on Sunday to read the following information ahead of the FA Cup fixture between the two sides.