Michael Owen has predicted that Chelsea will come out on top of Leeds United in what he thinks “could be a cracker” of a match at Stamford Bridge.
He said that “Leeds are so much better when they’re playing against teams that come at them” which is what he’s expecting Chelsea to do.
However, Owen thinks Chelsea will (just) be too good for Leeds and is predicting the score will end in a thrilling 3-2 win for the home side.
Writing in his BetVictor column Owen said, “This could be a cracker. Leeds are so much better when they’re playing against teams that come at them. You can see that sides are starting to realise this and giving them some respect. Everton tried it for periods last week, albeit Leeds caught them in the end.
“The thing is with Chelsea, they can only play one way. They’ll attack Leeds, which should play into the visitors’ hands. However, although I think Bielsa’s men will get some joy on the counter, I reckon Chelsea will have just enough quality to see them take the points.”
Toughest test of the season so far
Everyone (including us, to be fair) was predicting a glut of goals at Goodison last week.
That didn’t happen and it might have ended 0-0 if it wasn’t for a wonder goal from Raphinha.
However, that wasn’t for a lack of chances. And the same goes for the 0-0 against Arsenal the week before.
According to LUFCDATA, Leeds created 30 chances across those two games, with seven big chances and an xG of 5.39.
One goal is scant regard for that but four points from those two games is a pretty good reuturn.
Leeds' chances created in our last two @premierleague matches vs. Arsenal and Everton combined:
30 chances created 🔥
16 key passes played into the penalty box 🎯
7 big chances created👌
5.39 xG 👀
1 goal 😬 pic.twitter.com/y6mbtmFUu0
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) November 30, 2020
The big question for Saturday is whether Luke Ayling and either Stuart Dallas or Gjanni Alioski keep Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner quiet?
Another clean sheet would be incredible but it looks like a tough ask.
Chelsea have bags of pace and have scored the joint-most goals with Liverpool in the Premier League this season.
We’ll take a score draw back to Elland Road and be very happy with it.