- Leeds’s Premier League games have averaged 3.69 goals per 90 minutes this term.
- No club has seen more goals scored in their Premier League fixtures than Leeds (48) so far this season.
- Over 3.5 goals have been scored in 67% of Man Utd’s league matches this season.
- Leeds have lost 50% of their six Premier League away games this season.
United carve out another away win
Amid talk of crisis and a possible sacking for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United moved up to 6th place and to within five points of top spot with a game in hand on Thursday evening, thanks to a dramatic 3-2 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
True to type, United made life tough for themselves when they went behind in the Steel City, and though the Red Devils roared back with three goals between the 26th and 51st minute, they had to hold on at the end after they conceded another calamitous late effort.
Solskjaer’s away day specialists have now won a club record 10 Premier League matches on the road in a row, though their performances and results at Old Trafford continue to be a major source of concern.
Leeds five-goal blitz
Leeds warmed up for their trip to the Theatre of Dreams with a confidence building demolition job on Newcastle, in which Marcelo Bielsa’s men rattled five goals past the Magpies in a 5-2 Elland Road hammering.
The victory – which was only Leeds’s second in seven assignments – shot the Yorkshiremen up to 13th spot, and another win in Manchester on Sunday could fire the newly promoted outfit right back into continental qualification contention.
To succeed this weekend, Leeds will have to shore up a defence that has conceded more attempts per away game on average (16) than all but two other Premier League clubs this term.
Expect goals at Old Trafford
Leeds’s slick passing, cavalier approach and commitment to attacking football makes them a great watch, though their pursuit of goals can often leave them looking very exposed at the opposite end.
No club has seen more goals scored in their Premier League fixtures than Leeds (48) so far this season, and their games have averaged a net-shredding 3.69 goals per 90 minutes overall since their promotion.
In addition, Leeds rank 4th for average attempts registered per game and 5th in the division for shots conceded, and Bielsa’s boys’ penchant for trading blows with their opponents should produce goals again on Sunday.
Man Utd’s struggles at Old Trafford have been well documented this season, though Solskjaer’s side have generally been at their worst against teams that sit deep. Leeds however, will do anything but this weekend, as they look to earn their supporters some bragging rights against their old rivals, and we should be treated to an open game as a result.
With chances likely to be plentiful at both ends, the over 3.5 goals market appeals at the prices quoted, while our 3-2 home win correct score prediction tips Manchester United’s superior power to eventually tell.
United – who have won five of their last six games – have already scored three or more goals in six separate Premier League matches this season, and with spaces to exploit against a forward-thinking Leeds team, the hosts rapid frontline should find plenty of joy.
Leeds crisp passing and clever final third manoeuvring has allowed them to plunder an average of 1.69 goals per game this season, and with their hosts still looking error-prone at the back, the Yorkshiremen will expect to impact the scoresheet in what should prove an eventful tussle.
Man Utd’s mid-week two goal hero Marcus Rashford also looks an excellent choice in the anytime goalscorer market this week. The forward put his searing pace to good use against the Blades at Bramall Lane, and the England international should have more spaces to run into against a Leeds team that likes to commit men further up the pitch.
Manchester United injuries and team news
Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones remain Man Utd’s only major injury concerns, though neither defender would have expected to feature had they been fit on Sunday.
Edinson Cavani will hope to return to the fold ahead of a possible ban.
Leeds injuries and team news
Robin Koch, Diego Llorente, Gaetano Berardi and Adam Forshaw are all out for Leeds on Sunday. Marcelo Bielsa will be tempted to name the same XI that hit five goals past Newcastle in mid-week.