When Liverpool will visit Elland Road to face Leeds United on Sunday afternoon they will look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League. Here is our expert guess on Leeds vs Liverpool football prediction, team news, and lineup for the first Premier League of the season.
Marcelo Bielsa may revert to his usual 4-1-4-1 formation, using a back three in recent draws with Everton and Burnley, after dominating possession in the previous meeting between these sides in that formation.
Mateusz Klich and Junior Firpo both will need to be evaluated before this game after testing positive for COVID-19 before the break.
While Tyler Roberts and Jamie Shackleton are vying for their first starts, Pascal Struijk may have to move forward.
Liverpool is less certain about Takumi Minamino’s availability, though he would have started anyway and in spit of withdrawing from the England U21 squad in midweek, Harvey Elliott will be available on Sunday.
Roberto Firmino will be absent but, Diogo Jota appears to be safe to start up front.
Due to the Brazilian FA’s decision, the latter, along with Alisson and Fabinho, have been barred from playing this weekend, which means Caoimhin Kelleher will deputize in goal.
Leeds vs Liverpool Prediction
After starting the season with one defeat and two draws Leeds United are looking for their first Premier League victory.
If this game didn’t be entertaining It would be a major surprise. It’s worth noting that Leeds did hold Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United to draws at home last season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side failed to make it three wins in a row when Chelsea paid a visit to Anfield before the international break as Mohamed Salah’s penalty cancelled out Kai Havertz’s opener in a 1-1 draw.
The Reds are one of five teams with seven points at this point in the season, but they have been hit with a wave of FIFA-imposed absences ahead of this weekend’s clash with Leeds.
Leeds possible starting lineup:
Meslier; Dallas, Cooper, Llorente, Ayling; Phillips, Klich, Rodrigo, Harrison, James; Bamford
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Kelleher; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Elliott, Thiago; Salah, Jota, Mane.
Our Prediction: Leeds 2- 2 Liverpool