Rarely have two more contrasting styles of football come into contact with one another. Burnley, under the watchful eye of Sean Dyche, are the embodiment of up-the-jumper football and are probably the most likely team to draw 0-0 in the Premier League. They are also probably the team that neutrals are least enthusiastic about watching.
Leeds, on the other hand, are pure entertainment and are the team that absolutely everyone wants to watch at the moment. However, it is Burnley who have been in much more consistent form in recent weeks in a run that has lifted them out of the bottom three.
Sunday 12pm: Leeds v Burnley
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The Clarets have lost just one of their last six, picking up 11 points from their last available 18. In contrast, Burnley picked up just two points from their opening seven games of the season. Leeds, meanwhile, have been spectacularly inconsistent, putting five past Newcastle in their second-most recent game before conceding six at Manchester United four days later.
They have been especially poor at home and had failed to win five home games on the bounce prior to the win over Newcastle. It is this inconsistency that could cast Leeds’ Premier League status under doubt and it could see them struggle to overcome Burnley (+1) on the handicap.
Burnley may not be renowned for scoring goals, but one has to remember that this is Leeds they’re playing against. Marcelo Bielsa’s side have the worst defensive record in the league, conceding 30 goals in their opening 14 games for an average of more than two goals per game.
They have conceded four goals or more on four separate occasions this season, and have kept just one home clean sheet in the league this season – against an Arsenal side that finds it notoriously difficult to score goals and who were down to ten men for almost an entire half. They have been electric at the other end, however, and their tally of 24 goals scored is by far and away the best attacking record in the bottom half of the league so Both Teams To Score is a nice play.
Burnley have only managed to score eight goals in their 13 games this season, a paltry return when the high-scoring nature of this current league season is taken into account. Chris Wood has scored three of those goals, winning his side four points so far.
Given Leeds’s struggles from set pieces this season, Wood has an excellent chance of improving that record on Sunday. It would be almost too fitting for Wood to Score Anytime against his former club on Sunday.
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