Kick-off: 2000, 08/02/2021
Stadium: Elland Road
TV: Sky Sports
Leeds have looked better suited to playing away from home than at Elland Road on their return to the Premier League this season and could be worth opposing on Monday night.
Only three of the nine wins that Marcelo Bielsa’s men have managed have been on home soil and they suffered a fifth defeat here on Wednesday as they were beaten 2-1 by Everton.
The Whites look too short as odds-on favourites so a draw or an away win at 19/20 in the double chance market is our opening Leeds vs Crystal Palace prediction.
A Look At Leeds United’s Betting Odds
Leeds were slightly unfortunate not to rescue at least a point against Everton after going 2-0 down in the first half.
Raphinha pulled a goal back soon after the interval while Leeds hit the woodwork twice and the visitors were also indebted to a superb triple save in the second half from goalkeeper Robin Olsen.
Bielsa said: “I think we did enough to draw the game and even then we could have won it. That’s to say we had enough chances in the first half and the second half to draw the game.
“We managed to avoid the third goal and we scored and got back into the game, and we had plenty of time to try and win it.”
Leeds have now gone five games without a clean sheet though and were beaten 4-1 when the teams met at Selhurst Park in November despite having 65 per cent possession.
Palace are well suited to hitting teams on the break so we’re backing over 3.5 goals at 7/5 in the Leeds vs Crystal Palace odds.
Last Leeds line-up: Meslier, Ayling, Cooper, Struijk, Alioski, Dallas, Harrison, Phillips, Klich, Bamford, Raphinha.
A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Palace head to West Yorkshire in good spirits after back-to-back victories over Wolves and Newcastle which mean they are now level with Leeds on 29 points, although they have played a game more.
They are well clear of the drop zone but asked if the pressure had receded, boss Roy Hodgson said: “There’s less pressure until Monday I’m afraid, that’s the truthful answer to it.
“But it is nice to go into the game against Leeds six points better off than we were last Friday because then facing Wolves and facing a trip to Newcastle and then a trip to Leeds, you’re thinking, ‘This could be a very, very difficult spell for us’.
“But to get six points from the first two of those games is obviously a relief, I suppose – although to use the word ‘relief’ suggests I was feeling undue pressure about the results of those games or not believing that we had the capacity or ability to get results, but that wouldn’t be true.”
We think Palace look good value at 31/10 for the win but it’s worth noting that they have conceded exactly one goal in all four away victories this season, as well as the reverse fixture.
Let’s take a chance on the Eagles to win 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 as the last of our Leeds vs Crystal Palace betting tips at a tasty 7/1.
Last Palace line-up: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Dann, Clyne, Cahill, Milivojevic, Eze, Riedewald, Ayew, Zaha, Batshuayi.
LEEDS 1-2 Everton – Raphinha
Newcastle 1-2 CRYSTAL PALACE – Jairo Riedewald, Gary Cahill
Head-to-head: Crystal Palace 4-1 Leeds, Crystal Palace 2-2 Leeds, Leeds 2-1 Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace 1-1 Leeds, Leeds 3-2 Crystal Palace
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