Everton vs Leeds United: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview
Everton and Leeds United lock horns in the Premier League on Saturday after picking up massive results last weekend.
Everton vs Leeds United: Predictions
Everton and Leeds got their respective campaigns back up and running last weekend after a string of concerning results, with the Toffees having lost three on the trot and Marcelo Bielsa’s side suffering back-to-back 4-1 losses to Leicester City and Crystal Palace.
The hosts produced an impressive showing against Fulham in west London despite a late flurry from the Cottagers, while Leeds battered Arsenal in a scintillating 0-0 at Elland Road but were unable to breach Bernd Leno’s goal, even when the visitors were reduced to 10 men.
But, considering the form of Leeds prior to Arsenal’s journey up the M1, Bielsa would have been content with a point before kick-off against one of the league’s ‘Big Six’. So, with both sides claiming positive results last time out, it sets the stage nicely for a fascinating contest this weekend.
Carlo Ancelotti has a full-strength squad to choose from, welcoming back the likes of Richarlison and Lucas Digne — who both featured against Fulham — but the sheer unpredictability and often mesmeric exploits of Leeds means this game really could go either way.
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Everton vs Leeds United: Match Stats
This game should produce goals. For Leeds, Patrick Bamford has netted in all four of the club’s Premier League away games this season. In fact, only Thierry Henry has scored in each of his side’s first five games on the road in a single season, which came for Arsenal in 2001/02.
Should Bamford find the target, then he will become the first Leeds player to net in five consecutive away games since Ian Lawson in 1963. So, it certainly bodes well that he is coming up against Jordan Pickford, who has conceded 14 Premier League goals this season (excluding own goals).
That is roughly four more goals than would be expected based on the quality of the shots on target he’s faced (xGoT), which is the biggest negative difference for a ‘keeper in the Premier League this season.
25 September 2012 – Leeds United 2-1 Everton – League Cup
13 April 2004 – Leeds United 1-1 Everton – Premier League
28 September 2003 – Everton 4-0 Leeds United – Premier League
01 February 2003 – Everton 2-0 Leeds United – Premier League
03 November 2002 – Leeds United 0-1 Everton – Premier League
Fixtures between these two clubs have been a rarity in more recent times, with their last contest coming eight years ago, which saw Neil Warnock’s Leeds dump Everton out of the League Cup third round, with goals from Aidy White and Rodolph Austin cancelling out Sylvain Distin’s finish for the Toffees. That was, in fact, David Moyes’ last season in charge of the club before signing for Manchester United the following campaign. A lot has certainly come to pass in eight years.