2021-22 Premier League: Week Two – Leeds vs Everton

Leeds United welcome Everton to Elland Road as two quality managers in Marcelo Bielsa and Rafa Benitez go head-to-head. 

Currently sat bottom of the table, victory would see Leeds climb out of the relegation zone whereas Everton can climb into the top four with a win.

 

Team News

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Diego Llorente is unlikely to be risked for Leeds unless deemed fully fit as he continues to recover from a knee injury.

Adam Forshaw remains absent as he continues to rebuild his fitness after a lengthy hip injury.

Everton could be without Andre Gomes unless the Portuguese midfielder can shake off a knock and pass a late fitness test, having missed their comeback victory over Southampton last weekend with the injury.

Jean-Philippe Gbamin, James Rodriguez and Moise Kean are sidelined after being forced to self-isolate following a positive Coronavirus test.

 

Stat Attack

  • Leeds have won just one of their last six league meetings against Everton (W1 D1, L4).
  • Everton are unbeaten in three of their last five league visits to Elland Road (W2, D1, L2).
  • Leeds’ Raphinha scored in both meetings against Everton last season with both goals coming after half-time.
  • Leeds have lost one of their last five opening home matches to a new season (W2, D2, L1).
  • Everton are unbeaten in their last ten opening away matches in a new season (W5, D5).

 

Prediction

Having looked second best throughout their loss at Manchester United last weekend, Leeds simply need to raise their game here because their defending was just awful despite showing promise in rare attacks but this game should provide a clearer perspective on Leeds’ progress this summer.

Everton meanwhile already look impressive under Rafa Benitez with Dominic Calvert-Lewin now receiving more service up front with evident improvement in the winger positions, although their defending does still need some work after poor play from Michael Keane allowed Southampton to take the lead.

On that note, defending feels like it is going to be a key factor here because both teams definitely have the attack to go and win the game, whereas their defences feel tricky to predict based on their opening performances so a draw wouldn’t be a surprise otherwise I am going for an away win.

Prediction: Leeds 1-1 Everton

Result: Leeds 2-2 Everton

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