Leeds United earned its promotion to the Premier League after 16 years. The three-time champions will have the best possible comeback game, as they visit Liverpool and the reigning champions. Of course, the Peacocks are massive underdogs, but with Marcelo Bielsa, anything is possible. On the other side, the hosts are very motivated to start the campaign well and redeem for the loss in the Community Shield game against Arsenal.
Liverpool (-380) lost against Arsenal, and that was something that infuriated Jurgen Klopp, according to sources from within the club. The German manager wasn’t very pleased with the way his team played, and he demanded a more serious approach to the upcoming challenges. Leeds is the first one after the Community Shield, and we can expect to see the Reds in their best shape.
It needs to be said that L’Pool wasn’t very shiny during the preseason period and that even though they didn’t lose any games, the performances were just too mild. However, it could be possible that they didn’t have the motive to play, and that all the superstars waited for the big scene.
One more information. Liverpool didn’t lose at Anfield for 49 straight matches, and they are very confident in front of their fans. We do know that the legendary stadium isn’t going to be full, but still, Anfield is Anfield.
Leeds United (+850) finished the Championship campaign with six straight wins and a massive advantage over the first rival. The Peacocks were confident throughout the entire season, trashing and bashing all of their opponents. This is Bielsa’s merit, as he introduced a completely new style of coaching in the organization. That is why he became popular right away.
The Argentinian allegedly had Barcelona’s offer on the table but didn’t want to disappoint all the people who supported him in Leeds.
His side is a highly adjustable unit who knows how to play on the result, or how to dominate when needed, and even defend with all 11 players. That is why Leeds didn’t have some pattern when it comes to scoring last year, which could be applied when betting. Rodrigo, Helder Costa, and Robin Koch are the biggest signings so far, but the management is still trying to land some high-caliber players. Julian Draxler, Jordan Lukaku, Florentino Luis, and several other guys are on the radar.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Jordan Henderson won’t play for the Reds in Saturday’s game.
On the other side, Berardi is out for Leeds.
Head to Head Matches
Liverpool is much better throughout history. The Reds have 58 wins, 31 games ended without a winner, and 28 saw Leeds beating the great rivals. The two sides met in the EFL Cup in 2016, with Liverpool coming out as winners, 2-0.
We respect Bielsa and Leeds, and we might even say that this team is in the category of those romantic ones, loved by all the neutral fans, but in this game, they won’t have any chances of avoiding a defeat. Liverpool is much stronger, and above that, they are pumped up to start well and erase a loss against Arsenal. The odds for the Reds to win with -1.5 goals, are at -115, and that is our recommendation.
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