On Sunday afternoon Liverpool will face Leeds United at Elland Road and will look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League. Leeds United is looking for their first Premier League victory after starting the season with one defeat and two draws. Here is everything you need to know about Leeds vs Liverpool football prediction, team news, and lineup for the first Premier League of the season.
In recent draws with Everton and Burnley, Marcelo Bielsa has used a back three but he may revert to his usual 4-1-4-1 formation after dominating possession in the previous meeting between these sides in that formation.
Before the international break, Mateusz Klich and Junior Firpo both tested positive for COVID-19 and will need to be evaluated before this game.
Pascal Struijk may have to move forward, while Tyler Roberts and Jamie Shackleton are vying for their first starts.
Harvey Elliott will be available on Sunday despite withdrawing from the England U21 squad in midweek. They are less certain about Takumi Minamino’s availability, though he would have started anyway.
Diogo Jota appears to be safe to start up front in the absence of Roberto Firmino.
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. The availability of Naby Keta is in doubt.
Leeds vs Liverpool Prediction
Liverpool has two wins and one draw after failing to beat 10-man Chelsea at home before the break. It’s worth noting that Leeds did hold Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United to draws at home last season.
As Mohamed Salah’s penalty cancelled out Kai Havertz’s opener in a 1-1 draw when Chelsea paid a visit to Anfield before the international break, Jurgen Klopp’s side failed to make it three wins in a row.
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