Leeds United v Newcastle United
Leeds host Newcastle in the Saturday lunchtime kick off and it’s set to be a thoroughly entertaining affair. The stakes are huge for both sides, as Newcastle look to secure a Champions League spot for the first time since 2002/03. Whilst their opponents, Leeds, battle the dreaded drop and hope to confirm their Premier League status once again.
Bounce back ability is the key here as Newcastle were beaten by title challengers Arsenal in a thriller at St James Park last weekend. VAR was up to its old tricks again and if Newcastle were awarded a penalty in the early stages of that one there may have been a different outcome.
The home team, Leeds, gave a decent account of themselves away at Manchester City. They were narrowly defeated, losing by two goals to one. Super Big Sam is back in the dugout and there’s always drama when Mr Allardyce is in the building, so, expect the unexpected.
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Big Sam is back to beat the drop
There’s no better sight than seeing Sam Allardyce back in a Premier League dugout. Big Sam provides excellent entertainment but it’s serious stuff this weekend as Leeds fight for their survival.
Leeds will take heart from their previous match against Manchester City. A dogged performance meant they were only edged out by a single goal and they can take numerous positives going into this one.
They are a team on a poor run of form though and have been beaten on five out of their last six Premier League outings. The gaffer will be hoping to tighten things up in defence, something he’s well renowned for.
Leeds defence has undoubtedly been the downfall in recent times as they’ve conceded a staggering 29 goals in their last 10 league games. Now up against Newcastle, one of the most prolific teams in attack, it could be a tough afternoon for the home side.
Rodrigo is the go to man for goals in this Leeds side and the Brazilian has been on the scoresheet 12 times this campaign. The striker is averaging 0.89 shots on target per game and after scoring last weekend, another goal might not be too far away.
Weston McKennie and Marc Roca are predicted to be the central midfield partnership here against Newcastle. The pair certainly aren’t shy of sticking their foot in and both have 7 yellow cards each to their name this season. The pair also average well over 1 foul per game too and they certainly could be considered in a bet builder for either a booking or fouls committed.
Leeds United Team News
All eyes are on the goalkeeping department at Leeds once again. Allardyce is set to continue with Joel Robles in the sticks ahead of the dropped, Ilian Meslier.
Tyler Adams, Liam Cooper, Luis Sinisterra and Stuart Dallas all remain sidelined for this encounter but a huge plus is having Max Wober back. The Austrian returned against Manchester City last time out and is expected to start once more. The defensive statistics are much better when the central defender has been in the starting XI. Leeds may be a tougher nut to crack than most are envisaging.
Jack Harrison has been a mainstay in the Leeds line up and is ready to go from a wide midfield position once more. It’s eleven goal contributions (G+A) that have been racked up by the Englishman this season. So, a consideration could be the ‘to score or assist’ betting market, especially if looking at a selection in a bet builder.
Toon on the March to European Dream
Eddie Howe’s men are just a few games away from grasping a dream Champions League spot. They’re riding high in 3rd position as things stand and a top four finish will confirm CL qualification.
It’s been a whirlwind season for the Magpies and they’re on an excellent run of form. A massive 24 points have been picked up from a possible 30 in the last ten PL games. A serious amount of goals have been flying in too. It’s an average of 2.6 GpG within this time and now facing a shaky Leeds defence, goals can be expected once again.
The deadly duo of Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson have been lethal in attack. Since the international break in March, the pair have a combined total of 12 goals between them! That equates to 1.5 goals scored every single match, an excellent return. The pair could well be set for starts once again having both started in the same XI for the first time last weekend.
Newcastle United Team News
It’s tough to second guess Eddie Howe this weekend as he’s blessed with such talent in attack. Allan Saint-Maximin returned against Arsenal last time out, after gaining some valuable minutes in the second half. Jacob Murphy is also in the form of his life and could be given the nod ahead of Miguel Almiron. Both Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson are in fabulous form and may both start for only the second time together this season.
Sean Longstaff is ruled out and there’s no date to signal his return. Jamaal Lascelles also misses out due to a calf injury and may not be seen again this season.
Whoever Newcastle decide to start with from the off, there’s every reason to predict it’ll be another strong performance.
Leeds United v Newcastle United Cheat Sheet
Adam Forshaw looks to be a great value play for fouls, committing the second-most Leeds fouls of anyone, as he will be directly opposite Bruno Guimaraes who draws more fouls than any Newcastle player.
As you can see from our Leeds United v Newcastle United bet builder tips below, fouls should be a great market to get involved with for this one.
Alexander Isak looks good for shots, but watch out for his minutes, if Callum Wilson does not also start, he is likely to be replaced around the 60-70 minute mark, which may limit his opportunities to score or get shots on target, especially if Leeds are able to keep the game tight.
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Leeds United v Newcastle United
It’s time for a few bet builder tips on this fixture and a few pointers will be provided here.
Both teams are set to be all guns blazing, consequently goals are on the agenda. The goal scorer markets look extremely inviting.
From a Newcastle point of view, Wilson and Isak are the favoured picks. Wilson has five goals in the last four matches, averaging over a goal a game in this period. Alternatively, Isak can be backed at and he has notched four times in the previous seven.
Sven Botman has had hit shooting boots on in recent weeks! Newcastle are a team who have been hitting some high shot numbers this season and the Dutch centre half could well have another shot here.
It’s now 7 shots that have been taken in the last 6 matches by Botman. At the price of 1.57, this value selection is well worth adding to the bet builder.
Newcastle have had 12, 22,15 and 25 shots in the previous four matches, so their ability to reel off some impressive shot numbers is likely once more.
Set pieces will be the most likely way to see this prediction home. The towering defender is a monster in the air and if he can win a duel from one of these situations then there’s every chance it will be a winning prediction.
This is another generously priced selection for the bet builder at odds of 1.73. The Spaniard has been flying into tackles of late and has made a hell of a lot of fouls in the process.
Here is a quick run through Roca’s foul numbers in recent weeks: 1,2,2,4,2,2,2.
These statistics are more than enough reason to get this pick for the bet builder onside. The feisty central midfielder is set to be involved in numerous duels in the middle of the park.
Leeds are expected to concede most possession here to Newcastle which will mean Roca has to commit to more challenges in an attempt to regain the ball.
However this match may pan out, expect Roca to be heavily involved. If Leeds are in a winning position, they may well attempt to stifle the game, potentially leading to more fouls. If Leeds are in a losing position, things may well boil over and Roca could well be at the heart of it.
This selection is an absolute must for any bet builder.
The Brazilian has committed more fouls than any other player in the Premier League this season. Throughout the campaign, Joelinton has been involved predominantly as one of the 3 central midfield players and occasionally from the left flank.
For this game, a central midfield role is highly likely and that’s a great position for Joelinton to be playing in relation to the bet. The likeliness of fouls may well increase in the middle of the midfield. Up against the ferocious McKennie and Roca, I can see Joelinton making both some needless and necessary fouls.
The statistics are there for us all to see and Joelinton has made 0,2,2,4,1,0,4,2 fouls in the previous 8 games. An average of 1.9 fouls per game.
Having started 21 out of the last 22 games, the expectation is that Howe will start with him from the off. So, that’s a clear positive when considering selections for a bet builder.
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