ENGLAND: Premier League
Date: Monday, 19 April 2021
Kick-off at 21:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Elland Road (Leeds)
Following their shock 2-1 Premier League (PL) win over Manchester City (April 10), Leeds United have now scored more times from outside the box (12) than any other top-flight side this term! Such sharp-shooting has them on course for a top-half finish, and unbeaten in four league matches (W3, D1), their fixtures have produced an entertaining average of 3.16 goals per game this term.
Despite inconsistent home league form this calendar year (W3, D1, L3), Leeds have only conceded 2+ goals in one of those games and they’ll look to produce another solid defensive effort here. Interestingly, six of their last eight PL home fixtures have also featured an opener before the 20th minute (W4, D1, L3).
Out of Europe and out of the title race, Liverpool must now focus on converting a top-half position into a top-four finish. Three consecutive league victories – including a PL-record 37th win via a goal in the 90th minute or later against Aston Villa (April 10) – is encouraging, although a fast start would be surprising as the ‘Reds’ haven’t scored a PL goal before first-half injury time this calendar year!
A potent second-half threat on the road, they’ve scored 21 (72.41%) of 29 away league goals after HT this season, netting an average of 1.83 second-half goals across their last six PL away fixtures (W5, L1). Furthermore, the ‘Reds’ haven’t conceded in three away league matches (W3), and have failed to score in just two PL road trips this term.
Players to watch: Stuart Dallas’ injury-time winner for Leeds against City was his fourth PL goal in six to come after the 70th minute – each of his PL goalscoring outings this term came in matches producing over 2.5 goals. Another threat late on, Diogo Jota has scored three second-half strikes across Liverpool’s last two away league games.
- Leeds’ form in last 5 matches: WWWDL.
- Liverpool’s form in last 5 matches: DWLWW.