Prediction and odds for the game: Leeds (11/10) vs Southampton (12/5)
We are backing the draw at odds of 5/2
When: Tuesday, 23rd February 2021, Kick-off 18:00
Where: Elland Road
On Tuesday evening, Leeds host Southampton at Elland Road, as both teams look for points to push closer to the top half of the Premier League table.
Marcelo Bielsa’s team are experiencing an inconsistent run of form in the Premier League of late. The team from Yorkshire have now lost three of their last four league matches in the Premier League. Last time out, the Whites suffered a 1-0 defeat at Wolves. The poor run of results has seen Leeds drop to 12th place in the table. Their current position leaves them in limbo, as they eight points adrift of the likely European spots, while also being ten points clear of the relegation zone.
Leeds recent home record in the top-flight is a mixed one, as Bielsa’s team have lost two and won one of their last three league games at Elland Road. Their recent home matches in the league have been low-scoring, as three of their last four matches have produced under 2.5 goals.
The team from Yorkshire have a poor recent record against Southampton, as they have lost five of their last seven meetings with the Saints in all competitions. However, the two teams haven’t met since 2012. They haven’t met in the top-flight since 2004.
The Saints have been poor of late in the Premier League, having failed to win in seven top-flight games. In fact, a 1-1 home draw with Chelsea last time out ended a six-game losing run in the Premier League. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team have also won just once in their last 12 top-flight matches.
They have been poor defensively in the league, conceding at least two goals in five of their previous seven outings. The poor run of league form has left Southampton 13th place in the table, eight points clear of the relegation zone.
The Saints have been travel sick of late in the Premier League, as they head into this clash on a five-game winless run in the English top-flight. In fact, the visitors have now suffered three straight away defeats on their travels. Unsurprisingly, they have struggled at both ends of the pitch away from, conceding at least two goals in their previous three matches on their travels, while failing to score in three of their last four league matches on the road.
Neither of these teams has been in great form of late. Leeds have been unpredictable, while the draw last time out against Chelsea will have boosted the Saints. With little between the two teams, we are backing the draw. It could also be a relatively low-scoring encounter, so the other bet we recommend is under 2.5 goals scored.
Verdict: We are backing the draw at odds of 5/2 and/or under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 13/10. (All odds are taken from Bet365)
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