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Premier League: Leeds Look to Extend Burnley’s Turf Moor Woes

Burnley vs Leeds United

Leeds United have a great chance of finishing in the top half of the Premier League table in their first season back in the top flight. They are currently 10th, two points ahead of Aston Villa, who have a tough run-in ahead.

The Whites, on the other hand, will face three of the bottom seven clubs in their last three games, starting with a trip to Turf Moor to take on 15th-placed Burnley.

The Clarets are in the midst of a horrible run of form at home, going winless in their last eight games. And the Premier League 2021 betting odds favour the Whites to extend that skid as they bring a healthy and in-form squad to Turf Moor.

Talking Points  

Burnley safe for another season

Burnley are safely in the Premier League for another season. They secured their survival by beating Fulham 2-0, which also condemned the Cottagers back to the Championship. It was the Clarets’ second win in their last three games.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has once again worked wonders getting the most out of a squad that does not possess all that much depth and quality.

Chris Wood and his Burnley side will be looking for a win in their next Premier League match
Chris Wood celebrates after scoring Burnley’s first goal against West Ham

Dyche has also been fortunate to have Chris Wood, who has been instrumental in the Clarets’ success. The 29-year-old Kiwi is one of the hottest strikers in the Premier League at the moment. Of his team-leading 12 goals this season, eight have come in the last two months.

He has scored in each of his last three games, a streak which began with a hat-trick against Wolves. He also assisted the other goal in a 4-0 Burnley win.

Meanwhile, Ashley Westwood has also discovered his best form at the end of the season. The 31-year-old midfielder has scored two goals and supplied one assist in his last four games.

But despite Wood’s fine form, Burnley have still been unable to solve their poor run of home Premier League 2021 results. They are now winless in their last eight matches at Turf Moor after back-to-back 2-1 defeats to Newcastle and West Ham. They were also held to home draws by relegated Fulham and West Brom.

Leeds back to full strength

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United are shedding their reputation of fading late in the season as they are finishing their comeback campaign in the Premier League strong.

The Whites bounced back from their 2-0 defeat to Brighton by beating Tottenham 3-1, dealing a huge blow to Spurs’ top-four hopes. They have now won four of their last eight matches, with three draws and just one defeat.

Two of Leeds’ big stars of the season — Stuart Dallas and Patrick Bamford — scored in the first half against Spurs. Dallas, who is reportedly set to receive a new deal after his fine form this season, is now up to eight goals, and Bamford has 15 goals to go along with seven assists.

Meanwhile, their two big summer signings — Raphinha and Rodrigo Moreno — combined for their third goal, which sealed the win.

Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips returned from their recent injury absences by coming off the bench against Spurs, and they should both be ready to return to the starting lineup.

Captain Liam Cooper did not feature against Spurs after serving out his three-match suspension and remains doubtful to play due to injury. If he does miss out, Pascal Struijk looks set to continue partnering Diego Llorente at the heart of Leeds’ defence.

History

Leeds will be looking to do the double over Burnley after winning the reverse fixture at Elland Road 1-0. An early Patrick Bamford goal was enough for the Whites to seal all three points.

Prior to that match, Burnley had gone unbeaten in their last four league meetings against Leeds, all of which were in the Championship. Although, Leeds came away from Turf Moor victorious in their Carling Cup meeting back in 2017.