Swashbuckling Leeds meet Burnley in the first of three Premier League matches over the Christmas period. The Whites returned to the Premier League after a 16-year spell in the wilderness and have entertained in their first 14 matches. Elsewhere, the visitors are 16th but have a game in hand.
Where and when: Elland Road, Leeds – 27 December, kick-off 12:00
Where you can see Leeds vs. Burnley: Sky Sports Main Event
Last time: The sides shared four goals in the third round of the 2017-18 League Cup.
Leeds v Burnley Predictions and Preview
Leeds were beaten 6-2 by rivals Manchester United in the previous gameweek but still earned widespread praise for their energetic performance. The Whites attacked from the first minute to the last and despite the deficit, looked a threat throughout.
Kalvin Phillips will anchor the midfield with Jack Harrison, Rodrigo, Raphinha and Mateusz Klich interchanging behind Patrick Bamford. Only Mohamed Salah, Jamie Vardy, Son Heung-Min and Dominic Calvert-Lewin have scored more than the Leeds striker who has proved he can deliver in the top flight.
Bamford struggled in loan spells for Crystal Palace, Norwich, Middlesbrough, and, indeed, the Clarets in the Premier League, but Marcelo Bielsa has got the best out of the Grantham native. The 27-year-old has nine efforts to his name and is 15/4 to open proceedings. Harrison and Raphinha are 3/1 and 9/4, respectively, to net anytime and the hosts are 4/6 to emerge triumphant.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Rodrigo to score anytime||13/2||Offer|
|Leeds to win 3-1||14/1||Offer|
|Over 2.5 goals||4/7||Offer|
After a dismal start to the campaign, visitors Burnley are now climbing the table. Sean Dyche’s troops were in the relegation zone for a considerable period but there was never any genuine long-term concern. The Clarets were without skipper Ben Mee for the first seven weeks of the season, while James Tarkowski missed a spell and the usually sound backline suffered as a result.
The duo are now back together at the heart of defence and Burnley have drawn with Aston Villa and Everton this month and also beaten Arsenal and Wolves. Burly hitmen Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes were in the goals during the success over Nuno Espirito Santo’s group and will relish the physical battle with Liam Cooper and Luke Ayling. New Zealander Wood is 6/1 to register first and his partner can be found at 13/2. The Clarets are 15/4 to come away with the spoils and a draw is 29/10.
One to watch for Leeds: Klich has struck on three occasions this term and also provided four assists for his team-mates. The Pole is a real livewire and 13/5 to bag anytime.
One to watch for Burnley: Jay Rodriguez will either deputise for Dwight McNeil from the opening whistle or feature after the break. The versatile forward recently signed a contract extension with the Clarets and is 17/2 to notch last.
Long shot: Leeds have been labelled the most exciting side in the division and while the West Yorkshire outfit were thrashed at Old Trafford, they still created a whopping 17 chances. Bielsa will stick to his principles again but his men must improve defensively, particularly at set pieces with Wood and Barnes back in form. A 2-2 outcome between two squads with contrasting styles, is 14/1.