Having waited so long for their first away day since returning to the Premier League, Leeds United fans can’t have enjoyed their trip to Manchester so much last weekend. Against historic rivals United, the Whites succumbed to a humbling 5-1 defeat, thanks in no small part to a Bruno Fernandes hat-trick.
As with last season, all of the talk surrounding Leeds is whether their squad can handle another campaign under the rigours of Marcelo Bielsa’s infamous intensity, with only a few additions to the first-team being completed over the summer. The Whites will be keen to dispel any such worries with three points here.
Much of the discussion surrounding Everton at the start of the season was also based around their manager. Rafa Benitez is best known on Merseyside for his lengthy spell with Liverpool on the other side of Stanley Park and so it will take some time for him to completely win over the Goodison Park faithful this year.
It was a good start for the Spaniard though last weekend though, despite his side going in a goal down at the break at home to Southampton. A fine second-half display and goals from Richarlison, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dominic Calvert-Lewin were enough to secure the three points for the Toffees.
Leeds vs Everton: Match Stats
No player in the Premier League managed more tackles than Liam Cooper last weekend. The seven completed challenges by the Leeds defender couldn’t prevent Manchester United from scoring five, but Marcelo Bielsa will expect the same commitment against the likes of Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin this week.
Although there aren’t yet too many stats to back us up on our second bet, we see value in backing Everton here. Leeds may be the favourites, but they were heavily beaten last week while the Toffees secured a comeback win and what’s more, they were victorious on their last trip to Elland Road in February. We’re backing them on the Draw No Bet market for some security.
Leeds vs Everton: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Leeds 1-2 Everton
Leeds vs Everton: Odds
Leeds vs Everton: Head to Head
28 September 2003 – Everton 4-0 Leeds United – Premier League
13 April 2004 – Leeds United 1-1 Everton – Premier League
25 September 2012 – Leeds United 2-1 Everton – League Cup
28 November 2020 – Everton 0-1 Leeds United – Premier League
03 February 2021 – Leeds United 1-2 Everton – Premier League
This was a fixture for the away team last season. Leeds came out on top at Goodison Park in November thanks to a late strike from Raphina and the Brazilian was on the scoresheet again in the reverse fixture, despite the Toffees winning out 1-2 thanks to Dominic Calvert-Lewin winner.