2020-21 Premier League: Week Eight – Crystal Palace vs Leeds United

Crystal Palace welcome Leeds United to Selhurst Park in a tasty Premier League mid-table clash. 

Both teams enter this match locked on ten points and victory could send either team as high as sixth with six further matches to be completed this weekend after this clash.

 

Team News

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Gary Cahill could return for Palace after missing their last two matches with a shin injury suffered against Brighton last month.

James Tomkins and James McCarthy could also return from thigh injuries but Luka Milivojevic is suspended for the Eagles’ next three matches after being sent off against Wolves last week.

Tyrick Mitchell (knock) and Joel Ward (groin) join Conor Wickham, Wayne Hennessey (both unspecified) and Nathan Ferguson (knee) on sidelines.

Leeds could be without Raphinha due to an ankle injury suffered in the build-up to Monday’s mauling by Leicester, although the Brazilian will be handed a late fitness test.

Rodrigo (Coronavirus), Kalvin Phillips (shoulder), Gaetano Berardi (knee), Adam Forshaw (hip) and Diego Llorente (groin) remain absent.

 

Stat Attack

  • Crystal Palace have won just one of their last five meetings against Leeds United (W1, D2, L2).
  • Leeds are winless in their last four trips to Selhurst Park, with those meetings all taking place in the Championship (D2, L2).
  • In six previous Premier League meetings, neither Palace or Leeds have been awarded a penalty or had any player red carded.
  • Palace are yet to score from outside of the box this season.
  • Patrick Bamford is the only Leeds player to have scored a headed goal this season in the Premier League.

 

Prediction

After a poor defensive display at Wolves last weekend, Palace will be glad to be back home because they should hopefully produce a stronger attacking display and dominate like they’re capable of doing at home on their good days.

Leeds meanwhile didn’t do too much wrong in outfield play except lack the pace defensively needed to keep up with Leicester’s high tempo because Illan Meslier was mainly the biggest cause of their poor result with an uncharacteristic display by his standards, so I will be interested to see if Meslier is dropped or given a shot at redemption by Marcelo Bielsa.

Either way, I can see both teams cancelling each other out because both Palace and Leeds do like to utilise their flanks to create chances so am going for a score draw here if there is marked improvement on their last outings.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Leeds United

Result: Crystal Palace 4-1 Leeds United

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