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06 Sep 2019
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Mat Marshall 06 Sep 2019
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Leeds vs Preston Preview & Betting Tips
Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has his team playing some fantastic football (Getty Images).

Leeds vs Preston Preview & Betting Tips


Championship leaders Leeds United host Presto North End at Elland Road in the 2nd round of the League Cup. Marcelo Bielsa has Leeds playing some great football and the Whites should be too strong at home for the road weary visitors.

Leeds United


Leeds are flying at the top of the Championship under new manager Marcelo Bielsa. The 63-year-old Argentine guru hasn’t taken long to mould the team in his image and they are playing some attractive attacking football that is getting results.

The Whites took care of Norwich on Saturday with a 3-0 away win that was never in doubt. Mateusz Klich and Ezgjan Alioski scored with 30 minutes before Pablo Hernández wrapped it up in the second half.

Bielsa hailed the impact of Hernandez who has started the season on fire. Kemar Roofe, Alioski and Klich have all been influential but may have to sit this one out. Bielsa is set to make wholesale changes here with joint leaders Middlesbrough next up on Friday.

Patrick Bamford, Jack Harrison, Jamal Blackman, Jamie Shackleton and Tom Pearce could all start here with Bielsa’s main weapons on the bench. 

Leeds have been strong at Elland Road and can pick up another win in front of their home supporters (Getty Images).

Preston North End


The Lilywhites lost their second consecutive away match 2-0 with defeat at Derby County on Saturday. Alex Neil’s team currently sit in 20th position and are in real danger of getting sucked into a relegation battle after finishing seventh last season.

Preston have scored just three goals in five Championship matches and are yet to score on the road. They got past lowly League Two side Morecambe in the 1st round of the EFL Cup with a 3-1 home win.

Neil could make changes here with his club in desperate need of a win. Brandon Barker and Louis Moult come into contention after getting on the scoresheet against Morecambe and Preston desperate for goals.

Head-to-Head


These clubs have been hard to split in the past with little to separate them. However, at Elland Road Leeds have the advantage, with two wins and a draw in their last three matches against Preston .

Leeds have only lost one of their last 12 home matches against Preston in all competitions, back in September 2010.

Match Up


Leeds striker Patrick Bamford scored the opener in the 1st round and can back up here (Getty Images).

Bielsa will make changes here, but the likes of striker Patrick Bamford and winger Jack Harrison are still a class above the Preston defenders. Bamford scored the opener against Bolton in the 1st round and will be confident of adding to his tally here.

Key Statistics


  • Leeds have won 7 and drawn 1 of their last 8 matches (All competitions).
  • Leeds have won their last 6 home matches (All competitions).
  • Leeds have scored 2 or more goals in their last 6 competitive matches (All competitions).
  • Leeds have won 10 of their last 12 home League Cup matches.
  • Preston have lost their last 3 away matches without scoring a goal (Championship).
  • Preston have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 5 matches (All competitions).

Verdict


Leeds United are thriving under Bielsa and despite the manager resting his stars, the home side should still be too strong here.

There is value on a Leeds home win at 1.90 and Patrick Bamford to score the first goal.
  
Best Bet: Leeds Win @ 1.90
First Goalscorer: Patrick Bamford @ 5.00 
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