Leeds vs Manchester United: Line-up, EPL prediction and result

Red Devils face cross-Pennine EPL rivals at Elland Road. Manchester United go to Leeds in the English Premier League.

Latest EPL standings as well as fixtures and results are found below the predictions.

Manchester United have a cross-Pennine derby on their hands against Leeds as they attempt to keep the squeeze on at the top of the English Premier League on Sunday.

The Red Devils trail neighbours Manchester City at the EPL summit by 11 points going into the weekend, albeit with a game in hand, with Pep Guardiola’s not in league action again until they face Crystal Palace next weekend.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have at least made second place their own thanks to a sparkling run of league form.

They’ve won five in a row as the season reaches its sharp end, starting with success over their rivals at the Etihad Stadium.

Burnley were the most recent victims to the tune of a 3-1 victory at Old Trafford last Sunday, hours before the news broke of United’s tin-eared attempt to join the breakaway European Super League.

That bitterly decisive plot went up in smoke with Old Trafford bigwig Ed Woodward set to be among the casualties in the fallout, as Solskjaer and his team are left to rebuild the club’s shredded goodwill among many of its fans.

Striker Anthony Martial will miss the short trip to West Yorkshire through injury, with veteran Edinson Cavani set to carry on up front in the French striker’s absence.

Phil Jones continues to be ruled out at the back, with fellow defender Eric Bailly also struggling to make the cut.

Leeds are enjoying a bright end to the campaign on their return to the top flight under maverick boss Marcelo Bielsa.

A mid-season wobble has been consigned to history with a five-game unbeaten run that has included a win at leaders Manchester City, as well as draws with heavyweight duo Chelsea and Liverpool.

The Yorkshire club sit tenth in the EPL standings, level on points with Arsenal going into the weekend and within striking distance of Everton in eighth.

Hotshot Raphinha missed Monday’s draw at home to Jurgen Klopp’s Reds and could be struggling here too, while Adam Forshaw’s absence is also set to persist.

Liam Cooper is banned for the home side, who will also be without Rodrigo for the visit of their bitter rivals.

Leeds vs Manchester United: By the numbers

  • Coming into this game, Leeds United has picked up 11 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 2.2 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in an intriguing 4 of those games. Leeds United has scored 7 times in the last 5 fixtures.
  • Leeds United has enjoyed playing at home recently, with the side currently unbeaten in 3 games.
  • Momentum is really building for Leeds United as they have now gone 5 games without losing. They have won 3 of the last 5 games they have played.
  • It’s possible we will see a couple of goals here, with the last 4 games for Leeds United ending with 2 goals or more being scored.
  • Leeds United is unbeaten in the last 5 games coming into this fixture against Manchester United, having won 3 and drawn 2. They have scored 7 goals in those 5 games.
  • In the last 5 matches for Leeds United, 4 of those games has ended with both teams scoring. This season 17 matches (53% of all matches) involving Leeds United has seen BTTS landing.
  • It’s likely that Leeds United will score today, as they have netted in the last 4 games coming into this one and have scored 7 goals in the last five games.
  • Coming into this game, Manchester United has picked up 15 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 3 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in an intriguing 3 of those games. Manchester United has scored 11 times in the last 5 fixtures.
  • Superb stuff from Manchester United away from home, where they are currently unbeaten in 16 games. Can they go another game without defeat?
  • Momentum is really building for Manchester United as they have now gone 12 games without losing. They have won 5 of the last 5 games they have played.
  • We might see some goals in this one, with the last 3 games involving Manchester United has ended with 3 or more goals being scored. Will Leeds United get in on the action today? There has been a total of 14 goals in the last 5 games for Manchester United, both home and away.
  • Manchester United is unbeaten in the last 5 games coming into this fixture against Leeds United, having won 5 and drawn 0. They have scored 11 goals in those 5 games.
  • In the last 5 matches for Manchester United, 3 of those games has ended with both teams scoring. This season 19 matches (59% of all matches) involving Manchester United has seen BTTS landing.
  • It’s likely that Manchester United will score today, as they have netted in the last 5 games coming into this one and have scored 11 goals in the last five games.

Stats source: Footystats.

Leeds vs Manchester United: Prediction

Prediction methodology explainedThe expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.

Leeds vs Manchester United: EPL starting XI prediction

Probable Leeds Starting XI: Illan Meslier, Luke Ayling, Diego Llorente, Pascal Struijk, Ezgjan Alioski, Helder Costa, Kalvin Phillips, Stuart Dallas, Jack Harrison, Tyler Roberts, Patrick Bamford.

Probable Manchester United Starting XI: Dean Henderson, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani.

Get all English Premier League predictions, fixtures and results for 23-26 April 2021 here.