Leeds recovering from Man United thrashing but face tough Burnley
Leeds to win 2-1
The way that Leeds play, they are as likely to win as match 6-2 as they are to lose by the same scoreline.
They took a beating in their last match, but they way in which they play football they are likely to cause most teams a problem or two at the back. They could have easily scored more in their match against The Red Devils.
Nevertheless, they sit comfortably above the relegation zone and will pick up more than enough points to be safe this season. They will not face too many sides with the attacking firepower that Man United possess.
Burnley are a much-improved side of late, however. Over the previous five matches, they have the best record in the bottom half of the league and have bounced back from poor form to climb up to 16th place.
Their defence will face a stern test against a fluid Leeds side, but will be confident they can put up a solid display.
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Reasons to be cheerful:
Scoring plenty of goals and will cause problems
Burnley do not have the same firepower as United
Reasons to be fearful:
Have conceded a league-high 30 goals
Only two wins from last eight matches
Much has been said and written about Leeds’ open style of play following their 6-2 beating by Manchester United last weekend, with many suggesting it is naïve of Marcelo Bielsa to set his side up in this way.
Burnley have a much tighter system than Leeds, however both have shipped over 5 goals to the two Manchester clubs this season regardless of style.
That said, Leeds could do with solidifying their defence somewhat – no side has conceded as many goals as Leeds, and there is little sign of that changing any time soon.
The positives for The Whites is that they continue to score in great numbers, also, with nine coming over the past four matches, including a 5-2 thrashing of Newcastle the other week.
Burnley will put up a stiff challenge, but Leeds will feel confident they can score past them.
Star Man – Raphinha
Played well against Manchester United last weekend, forcing a good save from David De Gea.
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Reasons to be cheerful
Last three defeats have come against top sides
Have climbed from bottom to 16th with just one defeat in seven
Reasons to be fearful
Leeds have the firepower to cause problems
Dwight McNeil and Robbie Brady have picked up injuries
Sean Dyche continues to perform wonders at Burnley, a side now looking more like their former self from seasons gone by.
Wins over Arsenal and Wolves, with draws against Villa and Everton have seen them climb out of the bottom three over the past four matches. They currently sit 16th but have their sights set on places higher above them.
Their defence has improved immensely of late, conceding just two goals from their past four matches combined. They’ve only lost three times in their past eight matches, all coming against top sides – Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea.
Leeds are not a top side, though will play with the mentality of one – to attack wherever possible and to outscore their opponent.
Burnley’s defence will need to be solid here.
Star Man – Chris Wood
Has netted 17 goals since the start of last season, which is more than twice that of any other Burnley player.
Leeds will continue to play with their swashbuckling style
Burnley will seek to keep things tight
Both sides to score
Burnley have done remarkably well to pull themselves out of their predicament of late, showing top form to climb out of the bottom three.
They have, however, still struggled against teams which possess firepower going forward, as Leeds are well known for.
Leeds will want to get back to winning ways following their United defeat, and could do so here.
Leeds to win 2-1