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Leeds vs Sheffield United: Predictions
Leeds United will look to compile the misery on their Yorkshire rivals and push Sheffield United further towards the brink of relegation, while simultaneously strengthening their own prospects of finishing in the top half of the table when they lock horns at Elland Road this weekend.
It’s been an expectedly helter-skelter return to the Premier League for Leeds this season, with the ever-enigmatic Marcelo Bielsa consolidating the club’s position in mid-table, safe from the threat of the division’s nether reaches, but also a tad shy of seriously challenging for a European place.
The Blades, by considerable contrast, have been in dire straits for much of the campaign, struggling to form any degree of consistency and claw themselves away from danger, but as the weeks go by their fate is looking increasingly like a foregone conclusion, while the nadir of Chris Wilder’s exit remains a festering footnote.
The latest incumbent, Paul Heckingbottom, began his interim tenure in awful fashion, succumbing to the attacking might of Leicester last time out, in which the Foxes executed a 5-0 demolition of the basement club. The Bramall Lane side remain 14 points from safety but will be desperate to pick up points and offer their fans a faint glimmer of hope — however slim.
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Leeds vs Sheffield United: Match Stats
If ever there was a stat to sum up Leeds under Bielsea, it is this: Leeds’ Premier League games have seen a league-high 92 goals scored so far this season. Under the Argentine, the Whites have notched 45 goals and conceded 47. Indeed clean sheets are a rare currency in West Yorkshire, for either host or visitor.
So, Leeds will certainly be looking to maintain their own pattern of consistent scoring, and one player who could have a hand in that is Patrick Bamford, one of only five players to have been directly involved in 20 Premier League goals this season, while he has also scored the opening goal in more games this term than any of player (six).
27 Sep 2020 – Sheffield United 0-1 Leeds – Premier League
16 Mar 2019 – Leeds 0-1 Sheffield United – Championship
01 Dec 2018 – Sheffield United 0-1 Leeds – Championship
10 Feb 2018 – Sheffield United 2-1 Leeds – Championship
27 Oct 2017 – Leeds 1-2 Sheffield United – Championship
Leeds have won two of their last three league games against Sheffield United, as many as in their previous 11 against the club, and they will now be looking to to complete their first league double over their Yorkshire rivals since their 1991/92 title-winning season.