LIVERPOOL V LEEDS
Liverpool have not found the net before the 45th minute of any of their last 16 Premier League matches
Cast your mind back to the opening weekend of the season when Leeds turned up at Anfield and gave a fair indication of what they are all about, and you have to give them a chance against the fallen champs. They lost 4-3 on that Saturday afternoon in September but went down bravely with plaudits ringing in their ears. And the praise was voluble again on Saturday just passed when Marcelo Bielsa’s men were at it again, delivering a superbly assured 2-1 smash-and-grab raid at Manchester City, a side they have nicked four points off this term. That’s three wins in a row for the Whites who have the game and the gameplan to give Liverpool a real headache.
Jurgen Klopp’s men, who head for Elland Road on the back of their Champions League showdown with Real Madrid at Anfield, are desperately chasing down the top four and won’t alter their attacking mentality. And that simply plays into the hands of master tactician Bielsa, who will happily play on the counter, a tactic which has served them well on their first season back in the elite. At the prices the Yorkshire side look well worth a punt.
Prediction: Over 3.5 Goals
ALMERIA V ESPANYOL
Almeria and Espanyol take on each other in the Segunda Division derby on Monday evening. Almeria aim to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Zaragoza, and seeing that they are eight points behind automatic promotion places, this has to go down as a must-win game for the home team.
The visitors, on the other hand, look unstoppable at the moment, with the team eyeing their sixth consecutive league win. Considering that Espanyol are likely to go for a victory in Monday’s clash as well, I believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score.
Prediction: Both teams to score
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