The Premier League returns once again this weekend with what should be a string of entertaining fixtures between now and Monday evening. One of them is set to take place up in Yorkshire as Leeds United prepare to host Liverpool in a battle between two of English football’s biggest clubs.
Leeds continue to hold form as one of the Premier League’s most exciting sides regardless of their actual results and against a team like Liverpool, that should – in theory – translate into an awful lot of entertainment. Whether or not that manifests itself, though, remains to be seen.
It almost feels obvious at this stage to suggest Liverpool will be the favourites, this time at 8/11 with William Hill. They may well be without a few of their key players but if they stick to their game plan and don’t get drawn into the style we’re so used to seeing from Marcelo Bielsa’s side, they should be picking up all three points.
The Whites are the underdogs but they rarely seem to take tags like that seriously, and even though they’re out at 18/5 with Betfair to win, they’ll be in the face of Liverpool from the very first minute until the very last – which is exactly the kind of energy we want to see from a Bielsa team.
Betfred have offered 11/4 odds on Mohamed Salah to be the first man to get on the scoresheet tomorrow afternoon and that feels like a pretty reasonable prediction. The Egyptian is easily the best goalscorer on the pitch for Liverpool whenever he features, and against a team as open as Leeds, he should be thriving.
Our official prediction is that Liverpool are going to win this and we’re pretty sure they’re going to do so by a comfortable margin. The enthusiastic Leeds fans should help their side on towards big things which will mean an awful lot for them, but it isn’t going to be enough to get a point out of the game.
The Reds are just too strong under Jurgen Klopp when they’re near their best starting XI and on paper, that’s what it looks like to us. This is a team with depth and that’s more than can be said for what they had last season – quite clearly.
Leeds should start the first half brightly but that high line is going to come undone as soon as Liverpool start to get into a real flow. We expect to see the visitors take the lead before Leeds equalise, in what will probably go down as their biggest mistake of the season so far.
They’ll wake Liverpool up in the worst way imaginable as the Reds’ front three, with Jota in for Firmino, tearing a hole through Bielsa’s men.
It’s going to be a brutal game to watch for Leeds supporters but neutrals should have an absolute blast with it. Why? Because these are two of the Premier League’s very best, and it’s hard for anyone to try and dispute that very obvious fact.