After four Premier League games combined, Leeds United and Burnley have accumulated just the single point, which came at the weekend as Marcelo Bielsa’s men drew 2-2 with Everton, while the Clarets are yet to register a result, losing consecutive games to Brighton, and more recently Liverpool.
Following their long-awaited return to the top flight last season, Leeds marked the occasion with a ninth-place finish, and Bielsa will unquestionably harbour aspirations of going one better this time around and asking questions of the European places, but his side must start picking up wins soon.
Burnley currently find themselves exactly where they found themselves last season: 17th. They ended up comfortably staying in the division, finishing 11 points above 18th-placed Fulham, but Sean Dyche will want to avoid another relegation question and look to replicate that 2017/18 season when they finished seventh.
If the Lancashire club are to mimic the latter and start looking up, rather than tentatively over their shoulder, then points will need to start registering on the board, or they could be in for a long season. With Everton, Arsenal and Leicester following, this already feels like an early must-win for the hosts.
Burnley vs Leeds: Match Stats
Although Leeds have a tendency to concede, one of the few pitfalls of their expansive high-press system, Bielsa will take solace from the fact that Burnley have scored just 15 league goals at Turf Moor since the start of last season (20 games). Excluding promoted and relegated teams, they are the lowest-scoring team at home since the start of 2020/21.
But of course, Leeds will be looking to cause a storm at the opposite end of the pitch, and two players who will be fired up to find the target are Patrick Bamford and Raphinha. The former has just been called up for the first time to the England squad following his impressive form last season, while the latter netted the equalising goal in the 2-2 draw with Everton and enters this contest as the highest assist provider since his debut in November 2020. In that timeframe he has made nine assists, joint-level in the Premier League with Kevin De Bruyne and Bruno Fernandes.
Burnley vs Leeds: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Burnley 1-3 Leeds
Burnley vs Leeds: Odds
Burnley vs Leeds: Head to Head
15 May 2021 – Burnley 0-4 Leeds – Premier League
27 Dec 2020 – Leeds 1-0 Burnley – Premier League
19 Sep 2017 – Burnley 2-2 Leeds – League Cup
09 Apr 2016 – Burnley 1-0 Leeds – Championship
08 Aug 2015 – Leeds 1-1 Burnley – Championship
Burnley have won three of their last four home league games against Leeds, though that one defeat did come in this exact fixture last season (4-0), as Bielsa’s men ripped through the Clarets defence with liquid ease. The Whites ended up completing a double over Burnley last season without conceding, and the West Yorkshire could do with another outcome like that if they are to break the glass ceiling this campaign.