2021-22 Premier League: Week Seven – Leeds vs Watford

Leeds United look to climb out of the relegation zone as they take on Watford at Elland Road.

Victory could see Leeds climb out of the relegation zone with a win, whereas Watford can go as high as eighth with a win.

 

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Raphinha is set to be available for Leeds after recovering from a knock suffered at Newcastle a fortnight ago, although he did start last weekend’s defeat to West Ham before being substituted with a recurrence of the injury.

Pascal Struijk (suspension) and Diego Llorente (muscle) are also set to be in contention but Robin Koch (groin), Luke Ayling (knee), Adam Forshaw (thigh) and Patrick Bamford (ankle) are ruled out.

Watford will be without Peter Etebo until Spring 2022 after suffering a torn quad muscle.

Daniel Bachmann (knee) and Tom Cleverley (concussion) are set to feature if declared fully match fit.

 

Stat Attack

  • Leeds have won two previous Premier League meetings against Watford which came in 1999-2000 season (W2).
  • Watford are unbeaten in their last five league trips to Elland Road (W3, D2).
  • Either team are yet to receive a penalty or red card in this Premier League fixture.
  • No Premier League goalkeeper has made more saves in the first six matches of this season than Leeds’ Illan Meslier, who made 27 saves in six league appearances.
  • Watford’s William Troost-Ekong has produced a league-high two last-man tackles in the Premier League this season, alongside Wolves’ Conor Coady.

 

Prediction

Having delivered an energetic attacking performance with a clinical first-half counter-attack, Leeds will be disappointed to have lost to West Ham last weekend but poor finishing and defensive errors after their opener proved costly despite Meslier delivering a cracking performance in goal.

Watford meanwhile will feel lucky to have snatched a draw because they were outplayed at times by Newcastle last weekend, yet were able to grow into their attacking game throughout the match and snatch a well-earned point despite seeing a late winner cruelly ruled offside.

On that note, this feels like a game that could go either way because both teams do have plenty of attacking quality, although Watford can take confidence from their recent away form in this fixture but I can see both teams digging deep for a point apiece.

Prediction: Leeds 1-1 Watford

Result: Leeds 1-0 Watford

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