Leeds United are looking to complete a League double against Everton for the first time since 1990-91 when these two sides go head-to-head at Elland Road on Wednesday, 3 February 2021.
Even though there were a lot of scoring chances at both ends of the field, Raphinha’s left-footed shot (his first Premier League goal) broke the deadlock in the 79th minute to secure Leeds United a precious 1-0 victory at Goodison Park in an otherwise thrilling game – their first top-flight encounter since a 1-1 draw at Elland Road on 13 April 2004.
Leeds United Betting Preview
Having won four of their last six Premier League matches, Leeds United remain one of the most spectacular Premier League sides and the long-awaited comeback often brings pure joy to the spectators, particularly for the neutrals.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side will be keen to maintain their impressive attacking form, having scored five goals in their last two games – both on the road.
The Peacocks had to endure a five-games winless run at their Elland Road before they managed to earn back-to-back home wins against Newcastle United and Burnley in December. However, following a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Brighton last month, Leeds will be keen to claim their first home win in their second home game since the turn of the year.
The Whites remain 12th in the Premier League table, but they have won nine of their 20 top-flight games this season – the last newly promoted side with more victories after their opening 20 Premier League fixtures was Wigan Athletic in 2005-06 – with 11.
Marcelo Bielsa remains without the injured quartet of Robin Koch, Gaetano Berardi, Diego Llorente and Adam Forshaw, while Rodrigo Moreno, Raphinha and Patrick Bamford are all doubts for the upcoming midweek round.
Mateusz Klich is set to return to the starting side at Rodrigo’s expense, while Helder Costa is on standby to replace Raphinha on the wing.
Diego Llorente returned to action against Newcastle but the Spaniard suffered another injury setback and is expected to miss out the next couple of weeks.
Leeds’ top goalscorer Patrick Bamford, who scored his 11th goal of the season and contributed two assists at Leicester City, picked up a dead leg at the King Power Stadium but he should be alright to start against Everton.
Despite a relatively prolific year in the Championship last season, many have raised concerns whether the 27 years old Englishman has the ability to lead Leeds’ line in the top-flight but the current reality ranks Patrick Bamford only four goals behind Mo Salah in the Premier League goalscoring chart this season.
The potential absence of Rodrigo Moreno and Raphinha could possibly reduce some of Leeds’ creativity and attacking potential, but they might need more physical presence in this one, with Mateusz Klich (3 goals and 5 assists in 20 EPL appearances) having the work rate to provide midfield stability.
Everton Betting Preview
Everton’s season has been marked with ups and downs and they should find the rhythm to maintain consistency if the Merseyside Blues want to establish themselves as genuine top-four contenders.
Coming off a 2-0 home loss to Newcastle United on Saturday, Carlo Ancelotti’s men probably played out one of their worst performances under the experienced Italian boss and the Toffees will hope to bounce back when they head to South Yorkshire in midweek.
It also ended a four-game unbeaten run – since a 1-0 home defeat to West Ham United on New Year’s Day – and the Merseyside Blues moved down to 8th place in the Premier League table, though they still have two games in hand and could level Leicester City in fourth should they take the maximum from them.
We should, however, bear in mind that these two postponed games are against Manchester City and Aston Villa so Carlo Ancelotti’s side must pull out their best effort in either of them.
Their away form, though, remains strong and something you should consider as Everton are unbeaten in their last five away games (all in the EPL), winning four of them and will be keen to extend their streak on Wednesday.
The Toffees emerged victorious from their last three away games (winning at Wolves, Sheffield United and Leicester) and have conceded just once in them, so they’ll need to produce another great effort to stop the momentum of Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United side
Carlo Ancelotti’s side are set for a busy February, with a visit of Manchester United looming only a few days after their trip to Leeds. After that, the Toffees are set for back-to-back home games against Tottenham Hotspur (FA Cup) and Fulham (EPL) before they make the short trip to neighbouring Anfield for the Merseyside Derby against city Liverpool on 20 February.
Mason Holgate and Ben Godfrey both remained unused substitutes against Newcastle at the weekend but the pair could be recalled in Everton’s back line, as well as Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes who came off the bench during the second half.
After an extremely impressive start to the season, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (11 goals in 18 EPL games) has now scored just once in his last 9 appearances in all competitions – in the 3-0 home win over Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup fourth round.
All in all, Calvert-Lewin failed to score in his last seven Premier League outings – since he levelled for a 1-1 draw against Burnley at Turf Moor on 5 December – and the 23-years-old Englishman needs to reignite his free-scoring form if he wants to be a reliable option for Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of the upcoming European Championship.
Experienced Brazilian midfielder Allan is set to resume full training after a hamstring injury sustained during the first half of a 2-0 win at Leicester City on 16 December, but he’ll need some time to regain his match fitness and won’t be in contention for the upcoming clash.
Possible Starting Lineups of Leeds United and Everton
Leeds United: Illan Meslier – Luke Ayling, Pascal Strujik, Liam Cooper, Ezgjan Alioski – Kalvin Phillips – Helder Costa, Stuart Dallas, Mateusz Klich, Jack Harrison – Patrick Bamford. (4-1-4-1)
Everton: Jordan Pickford – Mason Holgate, Yerry Mina, Michael Keane, Ben Godfrey – Richarlison, Abdoulaye Doucouré, André Gomes, Lucas Digne – James Rodríguez, Dominic Calvert-Lewin. (4-4-2)
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
Everton could boast the joint-third-best away record (6-1-2) in the Premier League (yet they have played two games less than Aston Villa, so they can add to their tally), whereas Leeds United themselves cannot boast a particularly impressive home form (3-2-4), winning just three of their nine games at Elland Road.
However, Leeds are favored to win their third game in a row at odds of +155 with BetOnline, while you can get odds of +185 on The Toffees if you believe Everton have the quality and confidence to bounce back and return to winning ways at Elland Road. Meanwhile, a draw can be backed at +235.
Furthermore, the South Yorkshire outfit will be eager to win three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since 2002-03, when Terry Venables’ Leeds United side won three in a row between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Given the nature of Leeds’ mentality under Marcelo Bielsa (averaging 3.6 goals per game – most of all Premier League clubs in 2020-21), we are willing to bet on goals here.
Spooky Express Free Play: Over 3 Goals +101 @ BetOnline for 6/10 Units