Southampton are still searching for their first league win of the season and are struggling to replace the output provided by summer departure Danny Ings.
They’ve actually failed to win any of their past eight fixtures now stretching back into last season, losing five of these, and scoring more than once on a single occasion in a 2-2 draw with Newcastle.
Since that encounter with the Magpies, Southampton have scored just once in their past four outings and although failure to score away in a goalless stalemate with Man City is no shame, drawing blanks at home to West Ham and Wolves leaves a lot to be desired at the sharp end.
Leeds have made a similarly poor start to the campaign, but did at least get their first win before the international break hosting Watford.
That was also a first clean sheet, though Marcelo Bielsa’s men haven’t had too many problems scoring goals, with Liverpool the only side to keep their attack at bay this season. In fact, they’ve failed to score in just three of 17 games dating back into March.
Leeds To Beat Southampton
Both managers have a few concerns ahead of this clash. For Bielsa, Kalvin Phillips and Luke Ayling are both injury doubts, while Raphinha could also be rested having been away with the Brazilian setup.
After staring from the bench against Venezuela and Colombia, he looks set to start their final game of the international break with Uruguay, less than 36 hours before this clash.
However, with Daniel James and Jack Harrison available, as well as the return of Patrick Bamford from injury, Bielsa isn’t without attacking tools at his disposal.
Ralph Hasenhuttl will be sweating on the fitness of Che Adams after the striker picked up a knock on international duty, while fellow Scot Stuart Armstrong is yet to feature this season, though the midfielder did make the bench for his country in their matches with Israel and the Faroe Islands.
Chelsea loanee Armando Broja could plug the gap up front having netted for Albania against Hungary over the international break, but the biggest blow of all is the three-game suspension handed to key midfielder James Ward-Prowse following his red card last time out.
Leeds claimed victory without conceding in both encounters with the Saints last term, winning 3-0 at home and 2-0 on the road.
Although not the best at registering clean sheets, they should have enough firepower to outgun their struggling opponents.
LEEDS TO BEAT SOUTHAMPTON