Crystal Palace vs Leeds: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview
Marcelo Bielsa travels with Leeds to Crystal Palace in the Premier League this weekend looking to bounce back from a heavy defeat against Leicester last time out.
Crystal Palace vs Leeds: Predictions
Crystal Palace and Leeds have started the season in identical fashion, with each side winning three times, losing three times and experiencing the single draw from their opening seven games, which places them side by side in the table, in 13th and 12th place respectively.
Leeds have had the slightly trickier run in that time, taking on both reigning champions Liverpool and 2018/19 winners Man City, but Palace have still had to face two of the traditional ‘Big Six’, locking horns with Man Utd at Old Trafford, and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Indeed in that time both sides have proven that they can wrestle with the heavyweights of the division, but tame defeats last time out will have Bielsa and Roy Hodgson champing at the bit to get back to winning ways and climb up the table on Saturday.
The hosts fell to an uninspiring 2-0 loss at Wolves, while Leeds were mauled in their backyard by the Foxes, with Leicester clinching a resounding 4-1 win at Elland Road. So, the stage is set in south London, but can either side bounce back in style?
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Crystal Palace vs Leeds: Match Stats
Leeds are an all-action, proactive side who tend to dominate the ball and look to win it back with intensity when out of possession. Such is the high-octane brand adopted by Bielsa that Leeds have made more tackles in the league this season than any other side (143). The Argentine demands relentless energy from his players and instructs them to always play on the front foot. Palace will have to be slick and calculated in possession otherwise the visitors will overwhelm them.
Another keystone of Bielsa’s system are the overlapping full-backs, with Luke Ayling and Stuart Dallas providing plenty of vim and vigour down the touchlines. Because of this, Leeds tend to find themselves in the opposition corner flags more often than not. In fact, only Liverpool (47) have won more corners than Leeds (42) this season, and the champions espouse a similar approach, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson attacking the bylines with similar zeal.
09 March 2013 – Crystal Palace 2-2 Leeds – Championship
24 November 2012 – Leeds 2-1 Crystal Palace – Championship
14 January 2012 – Crystal Palace 1-1 Leeds – Championship
10 September 2011 – Leeds 3-2 Crystal Palace – Championship
25 April 2011 – Crystal Palace 1-0 Leeds – Championship
This will be the first meeting between these two side in seven years. They met twice in the 2012/13 Championship season, in which Ian Holloway’s side sealed promotion via the play-offs. The Whites went unbeaten against the Eagles that campaign, winning 2-1 at Elland Road, and drawing 2-2 at Selhurst Park.