The Premier League continues this weekend, two teams face off after less-than-ideal starts to the season. For today’s betting tip, we’ll be focusing on the important clash between Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United and Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United at St. James’ Park.
Newcastle United are still searching for their first win of the season as they play host to Leeds United. Newcastle’s winless run continued this past weekend as they suffered a 4-1 defeat to Manchester United, after a Cristiano Ronaldo brace. This result left the Toon Army 19th in the Premier League table with a sole point.
Newcastle’s poor form could be attributed to their lengthy injury list. After Freddie Woodman’s error during the Manchester United game, Newcastle fans will welcome back Kyle Darlow after his long battle with COVID. First-choice keeper Martin Dubravka remains injured, as does midfield stalwart Jonjo Shelvey, and Callum Wilson is still a doubt.
As like Newcastle, Leeds United have struggled to reciprocate their impressive 2020 campaign. Marcelo Bielsa’s side are yet to register a win after another defeat to title contenders Liverpool this past weekend. It is too early in the season for six-pointers, but this could be a massive game for both sides.
However, Leeds United are struggling with depth – especially defensively. Pascal Struijk is serving the first game of his three-match ban after his red card against Liverpool. Both Diego Llorente and Robin Koch are struggling with injuries so Leeds United will have to rotate in the defensive areas.
Both teams enter this fixture in a poor vein of form. Newcastle has a sole point after conceding a 98th minute equaliser to Southampton two weeks ago. As for Leeds, they had strung together back-to-back draws before their defeat to Liverpool at Elland Road.
However, Leeds United managed the double over ‘The Magpies’ last campaign, including a thrilling 5-2 victory at Elland Road. Leeds United’s recent record has been impressive against Newcastle, three games undefeated, but they do have a habit of conceding. Leeds have gone eight straight games without a clean sheet against Newcastle.
This game is extremely tight to call because of the form of the two sides. However, both defences have struggled to keep clean sheets when they are matched up. As previously mentioned, Leeds haven’t kept Newcastle from scoring in the past eight, but Newcastle haven’t stopped Leeds netting in the last three.
Therefore, we’re predicting either a Leeds Win or Draw and both teams to score at 11/10 with Bet365.