- Leeds host Liverpool in the fourth matchday of the Premier League on Sunday, September 12th at 11:30 am ET
- Leeds desperately need a win after starting the season with only two points after three games, while Liverpool remain comfortably on seven point ahead of their trip to Elland Road
- Get the odds, our analysis and betting prediction below
One of the must watch games this weekend in the Premier League is between Leeds and Liverpool on Sunday morning. While Leeds’ position in the table might not say anything positive, they are still one of the most electric attacking sides in England’s top flight. Also, to be fair to the Yorkshire team, a three-game start featuring Manchester United, Everton and Burnley does not make for an easy go.
Nonetheless, they face another difficult test this weekend in Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. Despite the matchup on the field, keep an eye out for the matchup in the technical area as well. Marcelo Bielsa and Klopp are two of the most charismatic and dynamic managers in the world, which should make for an enthralling tactical duel.
Leeds vs Liverpool Odds
|Leeds vs Liverpool||LEE +1.5 (-235) | LIV -1.5 (+200)||LEE +330 | LIV -135 | DRAW +330||Ov 3.5 (+130) | Un 3.5 (-165)|
Odds as of Sep 10th at DraftKings
Regardless, the Reds had an undisputedly poor showing last year in the Premier League. However, with Virgil van Dijk healthy once again and a clean points table, they look to be back on track after three games.
After two confident victories over Norwich City and Burnley, Liverpool players and fans were buzzing. Mo Salah had looked primed and ready to go and even some newcomers in the likes of Kostas Tsimikas and Harvey Elliot had impressed.
However, against Chelsea, the Reds stunted in the second half as they were unable to take the advantage on a ten-man Chelsea team. They ended with a draw, which against the Champions League winners, is not a bad result at all. Still, you better believe Klopp will be pushing for another three points to bounce back from the international break this weekend.
The Brazilian FA Fiasco & its Effects on Sunday
The most significant impact between Leeds and Liverpool on Sunday is in the hands of the Brazilian FA and FIFA. As a result of Premier League clubs barring their players from traveling to Brazil for the international break, the Brazilian FA wanted FIFA to make them unavailable for this weekend’s matches. Unfortunately, this effected not only Liverpool, but Leeds as well.
Eight Premier League players are not allowed to play for their clubs until Wednesday after the Brazilian FA triggered a FIFA ruling 🇧🇷
Roberto Firmino ❌
Gabriel Jesus ❌
Thiago Silva ❌ pic.twitter.com/ANqq5QFZxc
— FIVE (@FIVEUK) September 8, 2021
Raphinha has arguably been Leeds’ best player through the first three games and will be a key piece in their performance against Liverpool. Conversely, while Roberto Firmino was already set to miss the match due to injury, Alisson and Fabinho are two integral parts of the Liverpool’s spine.
Nonetheless, as of right now FIFA is not suspending the players for this weekend’s round of matches. Still, we all know how these situations work and for that reason, do not be 100% of these players participating until the team’s are announced. If they are available, expect all three Brazilians to start.
BREAKING: FIFA has cleared players who were called up by Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay during the international break to play in the Premier League this weekend.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) September 10, 2021
Elsewhere on the Leeds team sheet, expect newcomer Daniel James to make an appearance on Sunday. The young winger made his move from Manchester United just a week ago, and will be chomping at the bit to kick off with Leeds.
Leeds vs Liverpool Premier League Statistics
|1.33||Goals per game||2|
|2.66||Goals conceded per game||0.33|
|13||Shots per game||23.3|
On the other hand, anticipate Liverpool to start Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota in their front three. While Firmino is a miss, Jota is a near-seamless replacement and has already bagged two goals in three games. With Fabinho available, Klopp can choose two more dynamic midfielders as his compliment between the likes of Jordan Henderson, Thiago and even Harvey Elliot.
Leeds Have Not Beat Liverpool Since 2001
While these sides have only played ten times in the last twenty years, the last time Leeds won against Liverpool was 2001. Last year, the two sides put on a shootout at Anfield with Salah stealing the show and the three points, as Liverpool won 4-3.
But, this past spring, Leeds were able to manage a draw against Liverpool at Elland Road. Take this game with a grain of salt though as it was played after the groundbreaking news of European Super League.
Leeds vs Liverpool Best Bet
Overall, the best bet for this match is Liverpool to cover the spread (-1.5) with odds of +200. Liverpool won their first two games by multiple goals, and they will surely want to bounce back from their draw against Chelsea.
Pick: Liverpool -1.5 (+200)