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Leeds vs Newcastle Prediction & Match Preview

 

Leeds vs Newcastle Prediction & Match Preview

Leeds vs Newcastle
England – Premier League
Date: Wednesday, 16 December 2020
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Elland Road.

Despite taking the lead against West Ham, Leeds Utd fell to a 1-2 defeat against the Hammers on Friday night, with their defensive injuries perhaps coming back to haunt them. 


Over the course of the season so far, Leeds have proven very poor at the back having conceded the joint second most-most-number of goals of all 20 Premier League clubs thus far, shipping 22 goals. Only West Brom have conceded more. 

Following their 2-1 win over the Baggies at the weekend, Newcastle will be looking to capitalise on this as they make the journey to Elland Road. Marcelo Bielsa’s men have home advantage and no doubt contain the firepower to find the net at least once against the Magpies. 

However, the same problems may emerge in defence and could well prove Leeds' downfall once again. Whilst the outcome of this match is difficult to predict, expect both teams to score.

Leeds vs Newcastle: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Leeds Newcastle United played so far 14 matches.
Leeds won 3 direct matches. Newcastle United won 8 matches. 3 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.43 goals per Match.

Leeds vs Newcastle: Prediction

Leeds in actual season average scored 1.38 goals per match. In 5 (71.43%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 3 (42.86%) matches in season 2020 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Newcastle United average scored 1.61 goals per match in season 2020. In 8 (100.00%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 2 (25.00%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Given the quick turnaround in games, Leeds will still be without Gaetano Berardi, Robin Koch, Diego Llorente and Adam Forshaw for this match.

Bielsa may opt to freshen things up slightly, with Jamie Shackleton and Tyler Roberts contenders to come into the side after being introduced from the bench against West Ham.

Patrick Bamford has netted only once in his last four games, but he is still sixth in the Premier League scoring charts and is certain to lead the line here.

As for Newcastle, Jamaal Lascelles, Allan Saint-Maximin and Ryan Fraser missed the win over West Brom and are therefore doubtful to face Leeds.

Jacob Murphy was brought on for Emil Krafth at the weekend and may be asked to fill in out of position at right-back on Wednesday.

After scoring the winner last time out, Gayle will be hopeful of forcing his way into the side at the expense of Joelinton in attack.

Possible Starting line-ups:


Match officials

Referee: Simon Hooper. Assistants: Eddie Smart, Simon Beck. Fourth official: Tony Harrington. VAR: Kevin Friend. Assistant VAR: Matthew Wilkes.

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