Though talk of the coming Super League competition has dominated world football headlines over the past 24 hours, there is still live Premier League action occurring, and Monday’s encounter promises to be a good one.
Two of the best attacking groups in the league right now will square off Monday afternoon as both Leeds United and Liverpool will seek their fourth straight victories in the domestic competition at Elland Road.
Last time out, Leeds secured a memorable victory over Manchester City, further securing their position within the top-half of the table. It’s been a roller-coaster season for Leeds United, but they’ve proven that they firmly belong in the EPL. Their offensive metrics remain excellent, and they’ve vastly improved in their play without the ball. Against Liverpool, it’s yet another test for this hungry side to prove their worth against last season’s title winners.
For Liverpool, they surely enter this match seeing a bit of an opportunity to just back into the top-four following West Ham’s slip-up yesterday at Newcastle. Though Liverpool are one of the rumoured sides to be joining next year’s Super League competition, the Reds will still be keen on finishing as high as possible, and certainly within the top-4 positions. Under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool have been a bit better of late, despite their rash of injuries.
Look for their form to continue in what promises to be a scintillating affair, between two very high-octane attacks. In the reverse fixture earlier this season, Liverpool squeaked out a narrow 4-3 victory over Leeds – in what was predictably a thriller. Let’s hope Monday’s clash is no different. For added insight, team news, and a tactical preview, read on beneath the betting odds for our take and betting prediction for Liverpool vs. Leeds United. Enjoy the match!
Leeds United vs. Liverpool Betting Odds:
Leeds United (+380)
Leeds United +0.5 (+125)
Liverpool -0.5 (-145)
Over 3 (-125)
Under 3 (+105)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Leeds United vs. Liverpool Pick:
While Leeds United enter Monday riding a wave of confidence, the injuries are mounting for them at Elland Road. Marcelo Bielsa could be devoid of the services of as many as four first-team players for the match vs. Liverpool. It’s believed that Raphinha will likely miss out due to a thigh injury, as well as captain Liam Cooper, Rodrigo, and Adam Forshaw. Those are some significant injuries for a squad that does lack the depth of their opponents.
Expect Bielsa to not alter his tactics, as Leeds typically go for goals from the opening kickoff. He’ll line them up in their familiar 4-1-4-1 formation, with Patrick Bamford leading the line up top. Kalvin Phillips will play a key role as the holding midfielder, eager to prove his worth against a potent Liverpool attack. Ball control should be crucial in this clash, and Leeds will need Phillips to win challenges and distribute the ball out wide to keep Liverpool on defense.
Liverpool will counter with a 4-3-3 of their own, still missing the services of Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson, and Joe Gomez. That vital trio have been out for months now, and the Reds have struggled defensively in their absence. That said, they still offer a ton going forward, and with the front trio of Firmino, Mane, and Salah once again finding their form – a porous Leeds’ back-line could be in trouble come Monday afternoon.
With Liverpool now seeing an opportunity to vault some rival clubs following earlier slip-ups over the weekend, expect an in-form side to try and salvage something from what has been a bit of a disappointing campaign to date. The Reds still possess the talent to beat any side in the world, and with an aggressive approach against a depleted Leeds side – look for Liverpool to remind many why they’re still considered so dangerous.
The Champions League knockout to Real Madrid last week will surely still be stinging, and look for Liverpool to put in a clinical showing on Monday afternoon. The opportunities have risen for an impressive final stretch for Jurgen Klopp’s veteran side, and expect them to easily catch Leeds on the break, while gashing their defense with regularity. Look for another offensive showcase between these two teams, with the Reds emerging as comfortable victors. A 3-1 score-line seems fitting for Monday’s encounter.