Leeds vs Burnley Predictions
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- Leeds’ Premier League games are averaging 3.85 goals per 90 minutes this season.
- Over 2.5 goals and both teams to score landed in six of Leeds’ last eight Premier League fixtures.
- Leeds have kept just two clean sheets in their last eight league assignments.
- Patrick Bamford has scored nine goals in 14 Premier League appearances for Leeds this season.
Brave Leeds punished at Old Trafford
Nothing could have encapsulated Biesla-ball better than losing 6-2 to Manchester United at Old Trafford just four days after hammering Newcastle 5-2 at Elland Road, however, the praise for Leeds’ adventurous style of football continued to flow this week, despite their harrowing defat against their bitter rivals.
Marcelo Bielsa’s attack-minded side went on the offensive in Manchester, and though the game was a thrill a minute, Leeds could have easily conceded double figures against their rapid, counter-attacking hosts.
Leeds have now won just two of their last eight Premier League fixtures however, and you get the feeling that many of their fans would prefer to swap some points for plaudits at present.
Burnley on the rise
Remarkably, 16th placed Burnley can close to within one point of Leeds with a win in Yorkshire on Sunday following a surge of positive performances and results for the Clarets.
Having taken a useful point at home to Everton on December 5, Burnley upset the odds to claim all three at Arsenal, before another hard-earned point at Aston Villa set them up for a superb 2-1 victory against Wolves.
With a haul of eight points from the last 12 on offer, Burnley should arrive ready to trade blows with Leeds this weekend, and that should in turn, ensure supporters are treated to another Christmas cracker.
Back goals again at Elland Road
If we’ve learned one thing from watching Leeds this season, is that we should expect excitement and goals whenever they are involved.
Leeds’ Premier League fixtures have averaged an incredible 3.85 goals per 90 minutes this season, and alongside carrying the division’s worst defensive record, the Yorkshiremen rank 4th in the league for average attempts for (15.4) and average shots against (15.3) per game since the summer.
It’s also worth noting that both teams have scored in 71% of the Premier League matches contested by Leeds at Elland Road this term, and the evidence suggests we should expect more of the same when Marcelo Bielsa’s free-spirited outfit take on Burnley.
With end-to-end action anticipated and chances to notch expected to be plentiful, the over 2.5 goals and both teams to score combination – which landed in six of Leeds’ last eight Premier League fixtures – looks well worth backing at the prices quoted, though our correct score prediction tips the hosts to come out on the right side of the melee on this occasion with a 3-2 win.
Leeds scored seven times in their last two Premier League matches and their chance-creating power should allow them to eventually outgun a Burnley team that has scored more than twice just once in their last 39 league assignments.
Patrick Bamford is also a prime candidate to get among the goals again on Sunday. Whenever Leeds threaten, the languid striker is never far from the action, and Bamford can push his tally for the campaign into double figures with a strike against the Clarets.
Leeds injuries and team news
With Robin Koch out injured, and Diego Llorente and Liam Cooper both rated as doubtful, Leif Davis could be drafted into the defence alongside Luke Ayling.
Gaetano Berardi and Adam Forshaw also miss Leeds game with Burnley, leaving Marcelo Bielsa with little option but to field most of the same players that featured in the Yorkshiremen’s 6-2 loss to Manchester United.
Burnley injuries and team news
Jack Cork and Johann Gudmundsson are still injury doubts for Burnley, though Sean Dyche has no fresh fitness concerns ahead of the Clarets trop to Elland Road.
For that reason, Burnley could deploy the same 11 players that toppled Wolves so impressively last time out.