Leeds vs Crystal Palace: Premier League preview

Palace have bounced back from a four-game streak without a win to beat Wolves and Newcastle, putting Roy Hodgson‘s Eagles within touching distance of the top half of the Premier League table.

As for Leeds, Marcelo Bielsa‘s side have been thrillingly inconsistent in their first season back in the top flight. While Leeds fans are never quite sure of a result on any given day, they know Bielsa’s team will be great to watch.

With both teams sitting 15 points ahead of the relegation zone, the second half of the campaign will be about getting a few more wins to secure safety before pushing for as high a finish as possible – and that could mean an open game in Yorkshire.

Date, kick-off time and venue

Leeds vs Crystal Palace is scheduled for a 8pm GMT kick-off on Monday, February 8, 2021.

The match will be held behind closed doors at Elland Road due to coronavirus restrictions.

How to watch Leeds vs Crystal Palace

TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the SkyGo app.

Leeds vs Crystal Palace team news

Leeds will be without Rodrigo and Ian Poveda again. Forward Rodrigo (muscle strain) and winger Poveda (ankle) are expected to be out for several weeks after both missed the midweek home defeat to Everton.

Marcelo Bielsa has no new injury concerns but is still without defenders Robin Koch (knee), Diego Llorente (muscle strain) and Gaetano Berardi (knee), plus midfielder Adam Forshaw (hip).

Leeds provisional squad: Meslier, Cooper, Ayling, Struijk, Alioski, Dallas, Harrison, Costa, Klich, Phillips, Bamford, Raphinha, Casilla, Hernandez, Roberts, Davis, Cresswell, Shackleton, Jenkins, Huggins.

Crystal Palace could be without 10 first-team players for the trip. Wilfried Zaha (hamstring) is the latest to join the injury list, but Joel Ward will need to be assessed after he missed the midweek win away to Newcastle with a knock.

Wayne Hennessey (thigh), Nathan Ferguson (knee), Mamadou Sakho (thigh), James Tomkins (eye), James McArthur (muscle), James McCarthy (groin), Jeffrey Schlupp (hamstring) and Connor Wickham (thigh) are all ruled out.

Palace provisional squad: Guaita, Clyne, Cahill, Dann, Van Aanholt, Riedewald, Milivojevic, Ayew, Eze, Benteke, Batshuayi, Butland, Mitchell, Ward, Kouyate, Kelly, Townsend, Mateta, Henderson.

Leeds vs Crystal Palace prediction: Leeds to win 2-1

Leeds’ maddeningly inconsistent form makes predicting a result for Bielsa’s side truly difficult, and Palace will take heart from their recent 2-1 win at Newcastle. However, the hosts’ pressing and expansive game could be too much for Hodgson’s defence on the night.

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Leeds vs Crystal Palace betting odds and tips (subject to change)

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