Leeds United vs Burnley Prediction, 12/27/2020 EPL Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Leeds United vs Burnley
Date: Sunday, December 27, 2020
Location: Elland Road in Leeds, England
TV: Peacock Premium
Odds/Point Spread: Leeds United (-133) Burnley (+260)
Chris Wood and Burnley (2-4-6, 18th in the EPL) go to Elland Road on Sunday where they'll take on Leeds United (5-2-7, 14th in the EPL). The expected starting goaltenders will be Illan Meslier for Leeds United and Nick Pope for Burnley. Leeds United are at -133 while the Clarets are priced at +260. The total is set at 3.
Leeds United faced Manchester United in their last matchup and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 6-2. Leeds United attempted 10 dribbles in this match and completed 4 of the dribbles for a percentage of 40.0%. In the passing game, they finished with a 82.4% rate by connecting on 417 out of their 506 passing targets in their last match. Concerning shot accuracy, Leeds United finished the game at a 27.8% clip by hitting 5 shots on target out of 18 total shots. Leeds United averages 1.71 goals per 90 minutes (24 goals in total) and have accumulated 17 assists in all matches for the year.
Helder Costa is a player who should impact this matchup for Leeds United. He has accounted for 25 assists while accumulating 14 yellow cards so far in his career. Costa has started 123 contests during his soccer career and tallies 0.21 G/90. The forward hailing from Angola has 25 goals in 10,743 professional minutes played. One more guy who should impact this match is Patrick Bamford, the forward representing England. He has helped on a goal 12 times so far in his pro soccer career while scoring 89 total goals. Bamford has accumulated 15,836 mins in 178 starting assignments and has been given a total of 19 yellow cards. He is averaging 0.51 goals per 90 minutes during his pro soccer career.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Leeds United is Illan Meslier. Meslier (25-12-15 mark during his soccer career) has recorded 20 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 38.5% clean sheet percentage. The goalie born in France has faced 102 shots attempted at him in 52 career starting assignments. His GA/90 is 1.27 (66 total goals given up) and he has earned a save % of .716. Meslier has seen the field for 4,680 mins and is sitting with 73 stops so far in his career.
The last time they took the field, Burnley finished locked up with a final of 0-0 against Aston Villa. They finished the contest by converting 172 out of their 248 passes they tried for a rate of 69.4%. Burnley had a 62.5% successful dribble rate by connecting on 5 out of the 8 dribbles they tried. Burnley connected on 4 shots tried out of the team's 6 shots tried earning them a 66.7% clip in their last match. Having tallied 5 goals and 2 assists in all competitions, Burnley averages 0.42 goals and 0.17 assists per 90.
Chris Wood should provide solid play for Burnley. The forward from New Zealand has earned 24,107 mins and has scored 123 goals. He has earned 9 yellow cards during his career and has helped on a goal 32 times. He currently averages 0.46 goals per 90 and has had a starting assignment in 271 matches so far in his career. You should also keep an eye on Ashley Westwood, the midfielder representing England. He has earned 24 goals in his pro soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 43 different times. Westwood has been given a total of 55 yellow card warnings in 31,458 professional minutes played (354 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average during his career is 0.07.
Nick Pope is expected to look after the net for Burnley. Pope has 71 clean sheets while seeing 723 shots against him in 15,579 career mins. He holds a save percentage of .759 and his clean sheet rate sits at 41.3%. He has conceded 1.05 goals per 90 while earning a record of 65-53-55. Thus far in his career, Pope has conceded 182 goals and has totaled 548 saves in 172 starts.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Leeds United (-133)
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