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It has been a torrid season for Sheffield Utd, having been rock bottom of the table following gameweek seven, roughly five months. To make matters worse, their only chance of silverware in the FA Cup escaped them too, after Chelsea beat them in the quarter-final 2-0 prior to the international break.
Leeds have had their struggles with just three wins from their last eight outings. However, each of those victories came against teams below them in the table, who against this term, they’re a respectable W9-L4, winning to nil in over half their victories.
The only such teams to have beaten them were Wolves (twice), Palace and Brighton, all of which are the better of the bottom half sides in the Premier League, and they should have too much about them for their visitors this weekend.
Leeds To Beat Sheffield United
The Blades may have had a change in the dugout with Paul Heckingbottom the current interim manager, but they’ve still lost both their encounters under his tutelage against the Blues and Leicester by an aggregate 7-0.
That doesn’t bode well for their next encounter against the interim managers old side, who under Marcelo Bielsa have proven capable of taking any side to the cleaners, and we could well be in for a Leeds spectacular.
Leeds To Win To Nil
The Whites won the reverse leg 1-0 and given they’ve conceded just one goal across their last four games at Elland Road, we’d expect to see them contain their opposition again.
That is especially so, when you consider the visitors have only scored in two of their 10 trips to opposition dating back to mid-November, losing to nil every time they fired a blank as they even failed to score against the leakiest defence in the league, West Brom.
The treatment room is still filled with key players for Sheffield Utd too, with Enda Stevens, Sander Berge and John Egan all current doubts, and they’ll continue to struggle in their absence.
In the nine games without Egan starting since the beginning of last season, their losing percentage increases by 17% when compared to the 58 games he started, while they also concede 64% more goals on average.