Leeds United vs Newcastle United Prediction, 12/16/2020 EPL Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Leeds United vs Newcastle United
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Location: Elland Road in Leeds, England
TV: Peacock Premium
Odds/Point Spread: Leeds United (-120) Newcastle United (+333)
Helder Costa and Leeds United (4-2-6, 14th in the EPL) play Newcastle United (5-2-4, 12th in the EPL) at Elland Road on Wednesday. The goalkeepers who are expected to start are Illan Meslier for Leeds United and Karl Darlow for Newcastle United. Leeds United are at -120 while the Magpies are at +333. The O/U is set at 2.5.
Leeds United faced West Ham United in their most recent match and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 2-1. When talking about passing the ball, they finished this match with a 85.4% received passes rate by converting 486 of the 569 pass attempts last contest. Leeds United tried 12 dribbles in this match and were able to convert 9 of those attempts for a percentage of 75.0%. In relation to shooting accuracy, Leeds United ended this match at a 50.0% rate by landing 6 shots on target out of 12 total shots. Leeds United has an average of 1.42 goals per 90 (17 total goals) and are sitting with 11 assists In all contests for the year.
Helder Costa is a player who should impact this matchup for Leeds United. Costa has started 123 matches so far in his career and tallies 0.21 goals per 90 mins. The forward from Angola has totaled 25 goals in 10,743 mins. He has accounted for 25 assists while earning 14 yellow card warnings thus far in his career. Someone else who should impact this game is Patrick Bamford, the forward representing England. He has helped a teammate on a goal 12 times during his pro soccer career while scoring 88 goals. Bamford has played 15,663 mins in 176 career starting assignments and has earned himself 19 yellow card cautions. He is averaging 0.51 goals per 90 minutes so far in his career.
The man protecting the net for Leeds United will be Illan Meslier. Meslier has played for a total of 4,500 mins and has 63 stops in his pro soccer career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.16 (58 goals allowed) and his save % is .741. The goalie from France has faced 85 shots tried at him in 50 starts. Meslier (24-12-14 mark in his career) has 20 shutouts, which leaves him with a 40.0% clean sheet rate.
The last time they took the pitch, Newcastle United earned three points by winning 2-1 against West Brom. Newcastle United earned a 50.0% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 9 out of the 18 dribbles they attempted. They finished the match by connecting on 356 of the 427 passing attempts earning a rate of 83.4%. Newcastle United converted 6 shots tried out of their 12 shots tried which had them sitting at a 50.0% clip in their last outing. Having accumulated 13 goals and 8 assists in all competitions, Newcastle United is averaging 1.18 goals and 0.73 assists per 90 minutes.
Callum Wilson should be able to be counted on for Newcastle United. He is currently averaging 0.42 goals per 90 minutes and has been in the starting lineup in 223 outings so far in his career. The forward representing England has been on the pitch for 19,662 professional minutes and has earned 92 goals. He has 34 yellow card cautions during his career and has assisted on a goal 28 times. You should also watch out for Miguel Almiron, the forward born in Paraguay. He has earned 28 goals thus far in his career while assisting on a goal 26 times. Almiron has been given a total of 14 yellow cards in 11,702 minutes (132 starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average in his pro soccer career is 0.22.
Karl Darlow will be looking after the goal for Newcastle United. So far in his career, Darlow has conceded 234 goals and has racked up 424 stops in 186 starting assignments. He has given up 1.26 goals per 90 mins and he has earned a record of 75-55-54. He holds a save percentage of .652 and his shutout rate is 29.6%. Darlow has racked up 55 clean sheets and has defended 653 shots tried against him in 16,757 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Newcastle United (+333) and under 2.5 goals
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