Leeds vs Sheffield United Predictions
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- Leeds have scored just five goals in their last six league games.
- Under 2.5 goals have been scored in five of Leeds’ last seven home league matches.
- Sheffield United have failed to score in each of their last five away fixtures.
- Leeds beat Sheffield United 1-0 in the teams’ reverse fixture in September.
Leeds favourites in Yorkshire Derby
Leeds seem to have lost some of their early-season sparkle, though Marcelo Bielsa should still be able to mastermind a Yorkshire Derby victory over the Premier League’s bottom club Sheffield United on Saturday.
The Argentinean coach led his team to victory at Fulham just before the international break, ending a three-match winless run at an ideal juncture prior to the interruption of the club campaign.
Leeds also ended a three-game stretch without a goal thanks to their brace at Craven Cottage, though their haul of five goals in their last six top-flight tests represents a poor return for such a talented team.
Blades adapting to life after Wilder
The winds of change are sweeping through the Steel City, though Sheffield United were blown over in each of their first two games since Chris Wilder was ousted from the dugout.
The Blades were hammered 5-0 at Leicester City in their first fixture directly after Wilder’s departure, though they were a far more determined bunch at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup, despite their eventual 2-0 reverse.
Few goals likely at Elland Road
Sheffield United’s spirited performance against Chelsea before the international break suggested their players are ready to roll up their sleeves between now and the end of the campaign, and the Blades could prove tricky opponents for Leeds to conquer in Saturday’s derby.
Leeds have traded some of their pizzazz for extra efficiency over the past six weeks, and as a result, their games have been less frenetic. Indeed, under 2.5 goals landed in four of their last six games, and in five of their last seven assignments at Elland Road.
The host’s return of five goals from their last six matches indicates they lack the incision to regularly slice the Blades open on Saturday, and backing under 2.5 goals to be scored is advised as a result.
A single Patrick Bamford effort was enough to separate the teams in September’s reverse fixture and our 1-0 correct score prediction backs Leeds to edge their regional rivals out by the same margin this weekend.
Leeds United injuries and team news
Rodrigo Moreno should be available for Leeds on Saturday following a short layoff, though Adam Forshaw and Pablo Hernandez have both been ruled out. Liam Cooper is another doubt meanwhile due to illness.
Sheffield United injuries and team news
John Egan and Chris Basham are nearing a return for the Blades though Saturday’s game will come a little too early, while Sander Berge is also sidelined for the time being. Enda Stevens should bit fit enough to feature however, while Oli McBurnie could partner David McGoldrick in attack with Billy Sharp nursing an injury.