Leeds vs Sheff Utd. Prediction
Leeds vs Sheff Utd.
Ahead of the international break, Leeds United ended a run of three winless Premier League (PL) matches (D1, L2) vs Fulham and should be confident of building upon that here. A failure to score in four of the previous six PL fixtures is troublesome, but four of the five goals they did score in that run arrived after HT, making a poor start seem less consequential.
The theme of scoring after the break has been a prominent one for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, especially at home. Notably, they have netted 68.42% of their home goals in the second period so far. The 46th-60th minute segment has proven to be their most fruitful at Elland Road, given that they’ve netted seven times in this period without reply.
Relegation-bound Sheffield United have suffered six defeats in their last seven PL matches (W1, L6). It’s not just points, but also goals that are evading them, as illustrated by the fact that they have scored just once across their previous six matches. Unsurprisingly, the so-called ‘Blades’ also have the bluntest goal average in the division (0.55 per game).
There is no way to sugarcoat the visitors’ woeful away record this season (W1, D1, L12), but it is worth noting that seven of those 12 defeats came by a slender one-goal margin. They can probably take some further comfort in a decent H2H record against Leeds too, winning four of the previous six encounters (W4, L2).
Players to score: Raphinha has scored four PL goals in 2021, and each of the previous three proved to be Leeds’ last of the match. Meanwhile, David McGoldrick has directly contributed to 43.75% of all Sheffield United’s PL goals, and he scored their most recent.
Hot stat: Leeds have conceded 11 PL goals from corners this season, three more than any other side.
Prediction: Leeds  vs  Sheff Utd.