Leeds take on Crystal Palace at Elland Road on Tuesday night and Marcelo Bielsa’s team will know they have to start picking up points to avoid a relegation battle. They impressed in their first season back in the top flight last season, but they are struggling to live up to heightened expectations.

Palace, meanwhile, have progressed well under new manager Patrick Vieira but need to pick themselves up after a seven-match unbeaten run was ended by a 2-1 home defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday.

Leeds claimed a ninth-place finish in last season’s Premier League, playing an intense and entertaining brand of football that won them many admirers. However, they started the season with a 5-1 defeat at Manchester United and have found it hard to get going. 

They have won just two matches this season and a 1-0 success over Watford was the only time in six games that they have won at Elland Road in the league this term.

Their only other victory came against struggling Norwich and they have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight home games.

Crystal Palace have been firing in recent away games, winning at champions Manchester City and scoring 12 goals in their last five away games.

Their only previous losses before their defeat to Villa were against Liverpool and Chelsea and their progress could have been more significant had they not been pegged back by late goals in draws against Arsenal and Brighton.

Leeds vs Crystal Palace Betting Odds

 

Leeds have rewarded punters who backed them to win at home just once this season but they are 29/20 to claim a victory over Crystal Palace on Tuesday. The visitors are 21/10 to seal their second away win of the season after their 2-0 success at Manchester City last month and the draw is available at 12/5.

The Whites are 3/1 to win the game after leading at half-time and the first-goalscorer market is led by Palace’s Odsonne Edouard and Leeds forward Rodrigo at 13/2.

Over 2.5 goals is best-priced at 10/11 and Under 2.5 goals is available at 19/20

Leeds vs Crystal Palace Team News

Leeds defender Luke Ayling is on the verge of returning to action, but the Palace game is likely to come too early for him. The big loss this term, however, has been striker Patrick Bamford, who scored 17 Premier League goals last season and has been restricted by an ankle injury to just five appearances this time. Defender Robin Koch is also a long-term absentee after hip surgery.

Palace have been boosted by the recovery of exciting midfielder Eberechi Eze after an Achilles injury, but Scotland international James McArthur has been hit by a hamstring injury that looks set to keep him out until the new year.

Leeds vs Crystal Palace H2H

Leeds have won their last five home matches against Crystal Palace and the Londoners last gained an Elland Road success in the Championship in March 2006.

Jack Harrison and Bamford were on target when Leeds won 2-0 in February and that was only the second time in the last eight meetings that both teams failed to score.

Leeds vs Crystal Palace Prediction

Draw - BET NOW

Both of these teams have the potential to climb the Premier League table in the next couple of months and they have had their progress hindered by too many draws.

No team in the top flight have had more than Palace’s tally of seven stalemates and Leeds have drawn six of their league outings.

There seems to be little to choose between these two sides and there could be value in backing them to finish level at Elland Road on Tuesday.

Both teams to score - BET NOW

 

Crystal Palace have been full of goals in their away matches - they have scored 12 in their last five road games - and there looks a decent chance both teams will find the net in the Elland Road clash.

Leeds have kept a clean sheet in just one of their last eight home games and Marcelo Bielsa’s team can always be relied upon to be positive.

Conor Gallagher to score at any time - BET NOW

 

On-loan Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher has been a big hit at Crystal Palace this season and he can provide value in the anytime-goalscorer market.

Gallagher earned a recent England call-up and will be full of confidence having scored in the Eagles’ wins against Manchester City and Wolves, and twice in their 2-2 draw at improving West Ham.

Leeds vs Crystal Palace Betting Tips

1. Draw - BET NOW

2. Both teams to score - BET NOW

3. Conor Gallagher to score at any time - BET NOW

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