Two of England’s most inconsistent sides will square off Friday afternoon to resume Premier League action with a thrilling Gameweek 25 on the horizon.
We’ll begin with a crucial Leeds United vs. Wolves encounter, as both squads look to continue their climb up the table.
Leeds has endured a mixed-bag of results lately, always seeming to be able to score goals, but struggling mightily to keep them out. Despite their flaws, they remain a great watch in the EPL, and Friday’s clash should be no different.
Wolves play quite the contrast in styles to their opponents on Friday, as under manager Nuno Espirito Santo – the pesky side will look to lock things down and play a rigid and structured game without the ball. Though they have some skill within their lineup, recent injuries and a lack of squad depth has hindered their ability.
With such a difference in tactical approaches, it should produce quite the juicy affair to satisfy our Friday afternoon betting needs. Both Leeds and Wolves have to enter feeling a result must be gained here, and this desperation should make for a fascinating affair at the Molineux to kick off Gameweek 25. As always, continue reading on beneath the current odds for further team news, and a tactical analysis on Wolves vs. Leeds on Friday afternoon. Enjoy!
Wolves vs. Leeds Betting Odds:
Leeds United (+210)
Over 2.5 (-110)
Under 2.5 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Wolves vs. Leeds Pick:
It’s been quite remarkable that Wolverhampton has managed to stay afloat in a tough Premier League competition despite all of their injuries. Star striker Raul Jimenez is progressing, but remains sidelined – and for this clash, Willy Boly will be out on defense.
That will be welcome news to a Leeds side that possesses a relentless attack and a prolific scoring threat anytime they touch the ball. Expect the Wolves to try and slow the pace of the match down in their familiar 3-4-3 formation, with all 10 players behind the ball when Leeds is in control.
Though Wolves are currently lacking some attacking flair, key contributors have stepped up and risen to the occasion in recent weeks. Pedro Neto has been quite the revelation in the final third, while the pace and physicality of Adama Traore on the left flank has been troublesome for defenses.
Expect Leeds to really push for a victory here, likely knowing they’re more than capable given the absences to the Wolves squad. That said, many times this season their all-out attack has quickly backfired. They’re immensely vulnerable to quick counters, and Wolves have already proven to be clinical when given the opportunity.
Marcelo Bielsa will line his group up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with his wing-backs activated regularly, consistently pushing for offense down the edges of the pitch. Patrick Bamford will continue to be a hassle for any defense to deal with, while Raphinha out wide will be an absolute handful for Wolverhampton’s three-man backline.
Though Wolves will try to lock things down, and Leeds will head into the Molineux with all sorts of offensive inclination – expect offensive to win out on Friday afternoon, despite the obvious contrast in styles. Wolverhampton’s defense isn’t good enough to hold Leeds off the scoresheet without Willy Boly, and Leeds United’s play without the ball might be the worst in the Premier League in some time. Though Wolves are missing key offensive pieces, there’s enough quality to regularly trouble Leeds on the break and counter. Expect frequent chances, shots at goal, and scoring in what should be a thrilling, back-and-forth encounter on Friday. Take the over in this one.