Kick-off: 1930, 03/02/2021
Stadium: Elland Road
TV: BT Sport
Leeds have looked rejuvenated and refreshed by a recent 10-day break and get the nod to see off Everton at Elland Road on Wednesday night.
The Whites are chasing a hat-trick of Premier League victories, whereas the Toffees must pick themselves up from a poor home loss to Newcastle on Saturday.
Having already prevailed at Goodison Park themselves this season, United are tipped to oblige again here at 27/20 for our first Leeds vs Everton prediction.
A Look At Leeds United’s Betting Odds
Leeds seemed to feel the effects of a busy festive period when going down to Tottenham, Crawley and Brighton in quick succession at the start of 2021.
However, Marcelo Bielsa’s high-tempo team clearly regrouped and recovered during a nice, little lay-off midway through last month.
United returned to action with an encouraging win at Newcastle and then looked back to their energetic best in Sunday’s superb 3-1 success at Leicester.
Stuart Dallas swiftly cancelled out an early opener from Harvey Barnes, before Patrick Bamford produced a couple of sparkling moments in the second period.
The striker expertly fired Leeds ahead with his 11th league goal of the season and then sublimely set up Jack Harrison to finish off a fine counter-attack.
Bielsa hailed Bamford’s strike, stating: “It was a beautiful goal and the shot went in a place where it is difficult to put it with such power.
“You can shoot hard or you can shoot to that spot, it was difficult to do both things.”
The manager added: “The result is very important because of the quality of the rival.”
A new hybrid playing surface will be unveiled at Elland Road for this game and that should suit United’s all-action style.
Looking at the Leeds vs Everton odds, we like 11/5 for a home win and over 2.5 goals in the match.
Last Leeds line-up: Meslier, Ayling, Cooper, Struijk, Alioski, Dallas, Harrison, Phillips, Bamford, Raphinha, Rodrigo.
A Look At Everton’s Betting Odds
Everton’s form has been up and down this term but they travel across the Pennines under a bit of a cloud after being beaten 2-0 by Newcastle.
Four successive league victories in December, after one win in their previous seven, suggested they were back on form.
However, the Toffees have won only one of the last four league matches and dropped eight points at home to West Ham, Leicester and the Magpies.
“We are not the only team who are up and down,” said Carlo Ancelotti, who labelled the performance against Newcastle as “lazy, slow and not focused”.
He added: “I was a little bit surprised because in the last period we showed good consistency, good spirit.
“How can we keep this? By working day by day on this. There is no other way, but we have to understand that this season is really peculiar.”
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has yet to recapture his early-season sparkle following an injury lay-off, while Richarlison has netted only once in a dozen league matches.
Leeds are not the team to be facing when spirits are down and we feel United can outwork their visitors.
The hosts do tend to make their fitness count by coming on strong after the break, so 5/1 for Draw HT/Leeds FT completes our Leeds vs Everton betting tips.
Last Everton line-up: Pickford, Keane, Digne, Mina, Coleman, Sigurdsson, Doucoure, Rodriguez, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Iwobi.
Leicester 1-3 LEEDS – Stuart Dallas, Patrick Bamford, Jack Harrison
EVERTON 0-2 Newcastle
Head-to-head: Everton 0-1 Leeds, Leeds 2-1 Everton, Leeds 1-1 Everton, Everton 4-0 Leeds
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