By News Team
5th February 2021
Leeds play host to Crystal Palace on Monday night in this mid-table Premier League clash that’ll be of big importance for both sides to get a result.
The Whites have surprised many with their decent run in the Premier League so far while Palace will be looking to make it three wins in a row.
Leeds looking to stay solid
Leeds have adapted well to life in the Premier League this season, especially when compared to the teams that they came up with. Fulham and West Brom have been glued to the relegation places since the season commenced, while Leeds have over double the number of their wins combined.
However, given the high standards they’ve shown at times, Leeds have had a mixed season so far. They’ve beaten the likes of Leicester and Everton and taken points from Arsenal and Manchester City, but have also struggled to keep things consistent, such as in their 6-2 defeat to Manchester United. Marcelo Bielsa’s side can’t afford to drop off in the Premier League and they have a really tough few weeks ahead, facing Arsenal, Wolves, Aston Villa, West Ham and Chelsea – all teams they will need to be on top form against – following their game against Palace on Monday night.
Leeds are coming into this fixture off the back of a 2-1 loss to Everton but still played well in defeat, controlling 64% of the possession and having more shots than their opponents. They’ll be looking to control the game against Palace, who sit below them in the table thanks to goal difference. The Whites go into the game as 17/20 favourites and star striker Patrick Bamford, who has 11 league goals this season, is 16/5 to be the first goalscorer.
Can Hodgson’s men make it three in a row?
Palace have generally not been having the greatest time of things recently but have managed to bounce back in their last two games, beating Wolves and Newcastle. Before that, you’d have to have gone back to November to find the last time they beat a team outside of the relegation zone – which also happens to be Leeds.
It seems they may have put that form behind them though as they’ve dug deep to get consecutive wins. Their victory against Newcastle wasn’t the prettiest, but it’s the three points that matter. A win against Leeds would see the south Londoners continue a run of form which would be ideal for Roy Hodgson’s men ahead of facing teams closer to the bottom of the table in the coming weeks.
Palace go into Monday’s clash as outsiders at 3/1 but Hodgson will be looking at a few key players to make things happen. A pivotal part of the Eagles’ squad is summer signing Eberechi Eze, who has three goals and three assists in the Premier League this season. They’ll want him firing on all cylinders on Monday night, and he has the knack of popping up with an important goal if required. Eze is 16/5 to score at any time against Leeds.