Leeds and West Brom clash after earning positive results in previous match
Leeds to win 2-0
West Brom earned their first point under new manager Sam Allardyce in their previous match, and did so against Champions Liverpool to boot.
It was a match in which Liverpool could well have been out of sight at half time, though the Reds did not capitalise on their dominance over possession, which allowed The Baggies to come back into it in the second half.
Not a lot changes for Allardyce’s side in the table – the remain in 19th place and, as Fulham also picked up a point against Southampton, moved no closer to the side above them. They still have a long way to go.
Leeds won three points against Burnley, albeit rather fortuitously after clinging on for a 1-0 victory despite VAR drama and a bit of luck on their part.
Their goal led a charmed life at times, but they’ll be more than satisfied in climbing up to 12th in the table, their highest position in six matches.
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Reasons to be cheerful:
Picked up two points against Manchester City and now Liverpool
Showed defensive solidarity in last match
Reasons to be fearful:
Remain three points behind Fulham
Leeds will play with the same intensity at Liverpool
Sam Allardyce, understandably, was very happy with his side’s performance against Liverpool in their last match, coming from behind to take a point in a battling second half fightback.
A point will boost their confidence, but he will be under no illusions at the size of the task he faces at The Hawthorns. He’ll know that if Liverpool had really pressed their foot against the gas they could have been out of sight at half time.
Leeds will come at West Brom with a similar intensity and create chances as though they are going out of fashion. You would expect West Brom to improve defensively under Big Sam, but still, they have conceded the most goals this season.
The Baggies will be looking for another battling performance, but do they have the quality to win games like this?
Star Man – Sam Johnstone
Is a far better goalkeeper than to play for a 19th placed club. His world-class save earned them a point against Liverpool.
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Reasons to be cheerful
Clinging onto Burnley victory will boost morale
Kalvin Phillips slotted in at centre back well
Reasons to be fearful
Tough run of fixtures coming up
Will face a determined Baggies side
Leeds can consider themselves a little fortunate to have come away from their fixture against Burnley with a 1-0 victory, though they will not mind as they look at the table and see they’re in 12th place.
The fascinating aspect of Leeds’ style of play is their devotion to playing open, attacking football regardless of their opponent. It can end disastrously, as it did against Manchester United last week, or very well as we saw when they thrashed Newcastle.
Against a side like West Brom, it could make for a fascinating encounter of attack vs. defence although The Baggies showed in their match against Liverpool that they can break forward quickly themselves.
Leeds will fancy their chances, but rarely follow up one win with another – they have alternated between winning and losing quite a bit this season.
Star Man – Patrick Bamford
The way in which he despatched his penalty was superb. He’ll be hoping to get on the end of more chances against West Brom’s leaky defence.
Leeds will play on the front foot as usual
West Brom will aim to play a similar game as against Liverpool
Leeds could move into top half with win
Leeds will approach this as they do every game – to take the match to the opposition and to try and outscore them.
If West Brom can keep it tight early on and stay in the game, as they did against Liverpool, they’ll feel they can get something from this.
But with the way Leeds keep going from the first minute to the last, they should have too much for West Brom here.
Leeds to win 2-0