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Premier League: Leeds United vs Burnley Preview

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United have found themselves on the wrong end of the table after a subdued start to their second season in the Premier League. The Whites had a disastrous start against a rampant Manchester United but did well to settle for a draw against Everton last weekend. 

Burnley, on the other hand, are hoping to score their first points this weekend after an impressive performance against Newcastle on Thursday in the EFL Cup. 

As Leeds United head to Turf Moor in Burnley for Sunday’s clash, here’s our preview of the game.

 

LEEDS UNITED

The Whites would have liked to start their season with a better start, but the 5-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United gave a chance for Marcelo Bielsa to make much-needed adjustments to the team. 

They then had to contend with holding back Everton at Elland Road last weekend. Leeds have been defensively unstable in both the opening fixtures, although the back ranks looked more cohesive in the fixture against Everton. 

But Tuesday’s EFL clash provided a much-needed boost to the Whites, as they thumped Crewe Alexandra 3-0 in a show of complete dominance.

The fixture against Crewe Alexandra saw Adam Forshaw make his return after a gap of two years, playing the first half of the Carabao Cup fixture. If Forshaw can display his form for which he was highly coveted by Bielsa back in 2018, it is very good news for the Whites in the middle.

Jack Harrison’s two goals on Tuesday will give him the confidence to be more aggressive, while Patrick Bamford will be keen to kickstart his season with a goal at Turf Moor. 

Diego Llorente is a potential injury concern even though the Spanish defender played part in Tuesday’s fixture. 

 

BURNLEY

Sean Dyche’s side narrowly avoided relegation last season courtesy of a few draws in their otherwise lacklustre season. A similar fortune awaits for the Clarets unless there is an urgent course correction, with the club losing both their opening fixtures. 

The opening game at Turf Moor saw an early lead wither away as Brighton and Hove Albion dominated possession while Burnley had to succumb to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool last weekend. 

But Burnley had a surprisingly strong performance against Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup, in which debutant goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey put on heroics to take the Clarets to the next round of the EFL Cup. Burnley’s defences are now strengthened by the return of Aaron Lennon, who along with Jamal Lewis fit well in the left-back.

Ashley Westwood and Matej Vydra remain injury concerns. Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood have earned a rebuke from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp for their aggression last weekend, but the duo is unlikely to tone down the intensity at home. 

Burnley have lost each of their last five matches at Turf Moor and they need all engines to fire at full capacity to sail through the high-energy football that Marcelo Bielsa’s team will bring to the game. 

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Leeds United hold the upper hand in head-to-head ties between both clubs, with the Whites winning 15 of the last 22 fixtures. Just one match finished level, with Burnley prevailing the remaining six times. 

Leeds have also won both the Premier League fixtures last season against the Clarets. While the fixture at Elland Road resulted in a narrow 1-0 win for the hosts, Leeds have routed Burnley 4-0 at Turf Moor the last time around and would be heading into the fixture with confidence. 

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

Despite some initial troubles, Marcelo Bielsa’s side looks stronger than it was last season. The return of Adam Forshaw to the team and a subdued Patrick Bamford give the Whites plenty of reserve energy to pile upon opponents. 

Despite making some changes at Turf Moor, Burnley are not the side they were two years ago and would find it hard to hold back the Whites.

We predict Leeds United to win the fixture and register their first of many victories of the 2021-22 Premier League season.

Leeds Predicted XI:  Illan Meslier, Stuart Dallas, Liam Cooper, Luke Ayling, Robin Koch, Kalvin Phillips, Helder Costa, Jack Harrison, Raphinha, Mateusz Klich, Patrick Bamford

Burnley Predicted XI: Nick Pope, Charlie Taylor, Benjamin Mee, James Tarkowski, Matthew Lowton, Jóhann  Guðmundsson, James McNiel, Jack Cork, Josh Brownhill, Chris Wood, Ashley Barnes

When: Sunday, 29 August 2021, 6:30 PM IST

Where: Turf Moor, Burnley

Where to Watch: All Premier League fixtures are streamed live on Disney+ Hotstar. Select matches will be streamed on Star Sports and Star Sports Select channels.

 

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