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Leeds have won their last three Premier League games 2-1, that’s quite as astonishing stat in its own right. But, The Whites can’t seem to draw a game at all! They’ve only drawn one of their last 23 league games, so this match with Liverpool on Monday is not going to end level – it’s going either way. Leeds have triumphed in three of their last five games at Elland Road, and they’re just a lovely team to watch.
Meanwhile, at this stage last season Liverpool had won 28 of their 31 Premier League games, but they’ve only won 15 so far in this campaign, and that is why they are where they are in the table. However, like Leeds, Liverpool have won their last three games coming into this one and they really need to concentrate on finishing in the top four, now that they are out of the Champions League.
I am backing goals here! Leeds have conceded the most goals from set plays this season, they’ve let in 22 from dead balls. On the flip side, Marcelo Bielsa’s side have netted 12 times from outside the box this term, that’s the joint most in the league with Leicester City. So, Leeds don’t shy away from having a pop at goals, which a lot of teams don’t really do enough of these days.
I know they didn’t win or advance in the Champions League, but I thought Liverpool’s performance against Real Madrid on Wednesday was fantastic. It was just the top end of the pitch that has let them down. It has been Jurgen Klopp’s main problem all season, not the defence – which is where everyone thinks the issue is.
Monday 20:00 – Leeds v Liverpool
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Admittedly, goals have been hard to come by for the Reds and since they scored seven against Crystal Palace in December, they’ve only netted 17 times in the 17 Premier League games after that. For a forward line that has been regarded as one of the world’s best, that’s really poor. But, playing Leeds should help Liverpool in a way, because The Whites just love to attack and that leaves them wide open at the other end for Klopp’s men to take advantage of.
The pitch isn’t great at Elland Road either, but it was always one of my favourite grounds to play at. As I’ve mentioned, Leeds won’t just sit in and soak up pressure. They will want to take on Liverpool in attack. So, I do fancy The Reds to use that and pick Leeds off on the counter attack to seal a 3-1 victory for their fourth league win on the bounce.
Magic Mo Salah was unlucky not to net on a few occasions against Real Madrid and he can make amends in this game. The Egyptian superstar grabbed a hat-trick when Liverpool welcomed Leeds back into the Premier League on the opening day and he’ll fancy another crack at that Whites backline on Monday.
Patrick Bamford is having a great season for Leeds United and has hit 14 goals in the Premier League this season. Don’t be surprised if he – like Salah – repeats his Anfield trick and scores against Liverpool here too.
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