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Liverpool vs. Leeds United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
10 September 2020
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Anfield– Premier League
Marcelo Bielsa’s Premier League new boys face a tough test on their top-flight return as they head to defending champions Liverpool. The Reds will face a different challenge than last season – dealing with the expectation of having won the title, but they swept all before them last year.
Liverpool won their last two games against Leeds in cup action, with a Premier League unbeaten run for the Reds stretching back to 2001.
The teams haven’t met in the league since 2004, a 2-2 draw at Elland Road in which Harry Kewell scored for Liverpool against his former team and Milan Baros also netted, with Eirik Bakke and Mark Viduka putting Leeds into a short-lived lead.
Bielsa should have a fully fit squad to pick from ahead of the trip to Merseyside, with highly rated midfielder Kalvin Phillips shaking off a knee injury.
Jurgen Klopp is set to be without midfield pair Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with both players still recovering from injury.
Summer signing Konstantinos Tsimikas will also miss out after testing positive for Covid-19 last week.
Liverpool vs. Leeds United Preview and Predictions
Liverpool have enjoyed a longer pre-season than some of their title rivals due to not being involved in the Champions League in August. Klopp’s side have won two of their preseason friendlies, against Blackburn Rovers and VfB Stuttgart, however, they lost to Arsenal in a penalty shootout in the Community Shield final.
Leeds’ domestic season ended in the last week of July, with Bielsa putting his side through their paces in an intense pre-season schedule. However, his side have had a mixed set of results in their two warm up games, losing against Stoke City and beating Portuguese side Pacos Ferreira.
Liverpool have not really flexed their title defence muscles during preseason, but despite the excitement surrounding Leeds’ return, Klopp side should have enough to pick up three points, with a home win priced at 1.27. The away victory is a big price at 9.75, with the draw at 6.40.
Season curtain raisers often tend to be low key affairs in the Premier League, and this season could take a while to get going in the coming weeks. With that in mind, a Liverpool win, with under 2.5 total goals scored bet comes in at 3.90.
Liverpool to win 2-0 at 7.75
How Leeds fare on their Premier League return will be of massive interest to neutral fans this season, however, Liverpool’s home record gives Klopp’s side a big advantage ahead of this clash.
Under 1.5 total first half goals at 1.62
Liverpool will fancy their chances of kicking off the 2020-21 Premier League season with a win, but Leeds will not make it easy for them. The hosts may need to be patient and wait for a second half match winner at Anfield.