Mark Lawrenson is backing West Ham to have too much for Leeds United in the FA Cup Third Round this Sunday.

The BBC pundit sees both managers making changes but the London side running out 2-0 winners.

The squad depth at the Olympic Stadium is expected to be the difference between the Premier League rivals.

In his regular BBC predictions column, the former-Liverpool man said: “West Ham and Leeds meet again in the Premier League next week.

“I am guessing they will both make changes for this one and, although the Hammers need to add to their squad this month, I would still say they have more depth than Leeds right now.”

Contrasting fortunes

Coming off the Christmas football calendar makes January results hard to predict at the best of times, but with Covid-19 postponements and absences, this season is harder than most.

Leeds had two matches called off during December in what was otherwise a terrible month for the Yorkshire side which included thrashings at the hands of Manchester City and Arsenal.

A win against Burnley last time out has lifted things slightly and the Whites should be more rested, but are currently 16th in the league amid a disappointing season.

West Ham may have dropped off slightly but are still flying high in 5th, although they have played nine times since the start of December.

The Hammers recent FA Cup record is not fantastic but it certainly tops Leeds’ who have never advanced past this stage under Marcelo Bielsa.

With that in mind, and the home advantage, Lawrenson’s prediction is logical.

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