Burnley welcome Leeds United to Turf Moor in Saturday’s lunchtime Premier League kick-off, as the curtain prepares to fall on another season. Both of these clubs will be playing in England’s top flight again next season, but one team has achieved that far more convincingly than the other.
Where and when: Turf Moor – 15 May, kick-off 12:30
Where you can see Burnley vs. Leeds: BT Sport
Last time: An early Patrick Bamford penalty proved to be the only goal of the game, as United beat Burnley 1-0 at Elland Road a couple of days after Christmas.
Burnley v Leeds Predictions and Preview
Burnley had the better of Leeds United across their last few meetings in the Championship a few years back. The Clarets went into this campaign as the established Premier League side compared to new boys United, but it’s the Whites who’ve looked like they truly belong in the division this season.
The margin of victory may have been narrow when the teams met, but Leeds are striving to finish in the top half of the table whereas Burnley have only just beaten the drop. It’s been a disappointing campaign for Sean Dyche’s side, but there’s also much to be positive about following their recent takeover.
Thoughts will turn to new signings and keeping hold of their manager, with exactly the same story over in Leeds. The Whites are desperate for Marcelo Bielsa to remain in charge, while he could be convinced to do so if presented with an agreeable war chest for summer signings.
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There’s a chance concentration may stray between the two sets of players, although neither manager will accept that as an excuse. You feel that Bielsa will be the more intense of the two, and the visitors are the 6/4 favourites to add another three points to their impressive tally.
Burnley are 19/10, as they go in search of their fourth successive home victory over Leeds. All of the previous three were in the second tier though, and if the Clarets aren’t at the races in terms with competing with their visitors’ energy, they could be in line for a painful day at the office.
A draw this weekend may be on the cards in what’s effectively a dead rubber match. Neither side has much to gain or lose aside from points, the odd position and pride, with a stalemate on Saturday afternoon priced at 12/5 in these Burnley v Leeds predictions.
The last time these teams played each other at Turf Moor was in a League Cup tie in 2017, with the score finishing 2-2 after a flurry of late goals. Leeds triumphed on penalties, but another 2-2 this weekend is 13/1 in the latest odds for this game.
One to watch for Burnley: Former Leeds striker Chris Wood is Burnley’s top scorer this season by some distance. The New Zealander’s goal have been crucial in preserving the Clarets’ top-flight status, and he is well worth a look in the first scorer market.
One to watch for Leeds: Patrick Bamford has reached the 15-goal mark in the Premier League this season and is hoping to push for more. Impressive on and off the pitch and in with a shout of an England call-up, Bamford was the difference between the teams at Elland Road earlier in the campaign and will be well in the running to break the deadlock once again.
Long shot: Burnley beat Leeds 1-0 the last time these teams met at Turf Moor in the league. That was a Championship encounter a little over five years ago, with the Clarets 9/1 to win by the same margin they lost to the Whites over the festive period.