Leeds have been inconsistent all season, but have won three of their last five at Elland Road. That includes a comfortable 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace. Southampton are winless in seven Premier League games and have lost three away games in a row. Both teams to score is tipped with a Leeds win.
Leeds have lost their last two Premier League games in a row after suffering a 1-0 defeat away to Wolves last weekend. Leeds had 58% possession, attempted 18 shots and Robin Klich hit the crossbar. But goalkeeper Illan Meslier’s unfortunate own goal was the difference between the sides. Leeds have won three three of their last five at Elland Road and scored nine goals in the process. Goals from Jack Harrison and Patrick Bamford earned a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in their last home game. They subsequently lost 4-2 at Arsenal and then at Wolves. Leeds will be without key midfielder Kalvin Phillips, who remains out with a calf injury. Defenders Robin Koch and Gaetano Berardi are also ruled out along with forwards Ian Poveda and Rodrigo. Midfielder Adam Forshaw also remains out long-term. Bielsa introduced Tyler Roberts in a changed 4-4-1-1 formation in the 1-0 loss to Wolves. But he could revert to his preferred 4-1-4-1 against Southampton with Pascal Struijk filling in the holding midfield role.
In their last 10 matches, Southampton have won just once, drawn three and lost six.They did end a run of six straight defeats with a 1-1 home draw against Chelsea last weekend. The Saints went ahead through Takumi Minamino in the first half but conceded a Mason Mount penalty just after half-time. In the run of six straight losses, Southampton were beaten in their last three away fixtures in the Premier League and conceded 14 in the process. Saints lost 2-0 at Leicester, 9-0 at Manchester United and 3-2 at Newcastle in their most recent away matches in the league. Stuart Armstrong is set to return for the Saints after missing out against Chelsea with injury. He could replace Mouss Djenepo on the right side of midfield. Midifielders William Smallbone and Ibrahima Diallo are ruled out for the Saints. Michael Obafemi, Kyle Walker-Peters and Theo Walcott are also out for Southampton.
Leeds have a 45-27 advantage over Southampton, with 20 games drawn between the sides in 92 matches. Leeds beat Southampton 3-0 at St Mary’s in the last meeting between the sides in the League Cup back in October 2012. Leeds remain inconsistent this season but their decent home form should be enough to edge past Southampton. The Saints have scored with more regularity recently, but have been poor away from home.
PREDICTION : DRAW 2-2
ACCUMULATOR TIP : OVER 2.5 FT GOALS