Newcastle United and Leeds United will kick off matchday 5 in the Premier League on Friday night at St. James’ Park. Neither team has claimed a win this season and both are hovering around the relegation zone. The Magpies have taken just one point from 12 possible after four matches.

Newcastle vs Leeds Match Preview

Leeds United are coming off of another heavy defeat. Liverpool put Leeds United to the sword on matchday 4. The Whites fell 3-0, running their goals conceded number to 11, the second most in the Premier League. Only Newcastle United have allowed more goals after four matchdays.

Newcastle United are winless in five straight games in all competitions this season. Steve Bruce doesn’t appear to be in danger of losing his job, however. Leeds United’s only win of 2021-22 came against Crewe Alexandria in the EFL Cup. There has been talk around the club of the team being in a sophomore slump. In some ways, it appears Premier League opponents have caught onto Leeds United’s tactics and figured out how to beat Bielsa’s man marking.

Leeds United did the double over Newcastle United last term. Friday night’s game is a massive six-point game with the winner potentially gaining moment to move away from the bottom three.

Newcastle vs Leeds Betting Odds

 

 

Leeds United’s points this season have come in two draws. The Whites drew 2-2 with Everton and 1-1 with Burnley. They have conceded goals in each of their four league matches, but failed to score in just one game. Liverpool are the only Premier League club to keep Leeds United scoreless.

 

Newcastle United claimed a 2-2 draw against Southampton on matchday 4. The Magpies have lost three times this season with three of the team’s four games ending with both teams scoring. In addition, three of Newcastle United’s four games have ended with over 2.5 goals scored.

Leading bookies’ best betting odds on a Leeds United away win at 13/10. The Whites went to St. James’ Park and claimed a 2-1 win in 2020-21. Raphinha and Jack Harrison scored on either side of a Miguel Almiron goal.

Newcastle United go into the matchday 5 fixture at the best betting odds of 21/10. Bruce has to find a solution to the Magpies’ poor defensive record if they are to get points.

Newcastle vs Leeds Team News

Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman was at fault for at least two Manchester United goals last weekend in the team’s 4-1 loss at Old Trafford. At times against the Red Devils, Newcastle United looked decent, especially on the counter-attack. Had the team had its shooting boots on, the score may have been closer. Newcastle United have scored five goals while posting an xG of 4.12.

Up to nine players could miss the game for Newcastle United on Friday night. Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is ruled out with an injury. Karl Darlow is back from injury and in line to start. Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is ruled out of the game. Ryan Fraser, Joe Willock, and Javi Manquillo could all return to the team.

Callum Wilson, Ciaran Clark, and Paul Dummett are all three major doubts to make the squad. Wilson’s absence against Manchester United was very evident.

Defender Pascal Struijk is suspended after being sent off against Liverpool for the tackle that dislocated Harvey Elliott’s ankle. Defender Robin Koch’s horror time at Elland Road continues with another injury. Diego Llorente, who has spent much of his time at Leeds United injured, is also ruled out. Adam Forshaw is still in the treatment room with an injury of his own.

Newcastle vs Leeds H2H

Leeds United did the double over Newcastle United a season ago. The Whites outscored Newcastle United 7-3 over the course of the 180 minutes of football. Bielsa will fancy the team’s chances of picking up another win despite Newcastle United’s potential to score goals. Callum Wilson’s absence, if he remains ruled out, will be a major blow to the Magpies on Friday night.

Bielsa does have defensive issues going into the game, but not as many potential injury problems as Bruce. Leeds United appealed the red card given to defender Struijk against Liverpool but failed to get it overturned. Defence could be an issue with a lack of first-choice players for Bielsa to select. These teams have both given up goals galore this term. Newcastle United have allowed 12 goals and Leeds United have given up 11 – the teams have conceded the most and second-most scores this term.

Newcastle vs Leeds Prediction

Both teams to score: YES @ 6/10 - BET NOW

 

 

Last season, Newcastle United and Leeds United racked up the goals in head-to-head matches. Their game at Elland Road ended 5-2 in favour of Leeds United. Meanwhile, the game at St. James’ Park was a win for Leeds United as it finished 2-1. With both teams struggling to keep goals out and collect points, our betting tips prediction is for both teams to score goals.

 

Patrick Bamford to score anytime @ 7/5 - BET NOW

 

 

Patrick Bamford has one goal in four games for Leeds United this season. The striker will lead the line against Newcastle United on Friday night and our betting tips prediction is for the forward to get a goal. Bamford will be up against the Premier League’s worst defence. He could certainly add to his goals tally.

 

Over 2.5 goals scored @ 4/6 - BET NOW

 

 

Last season’s games between these Premier League rivals both ended with over 2.5 goals. Leeds United won both of those matches and it is difficult to see anything different occurring at St. James’ Park this weekend.

 

Leeds United maybe struggling, but their injury issues are not the same as Newcastle United’s injury problems. Callum Wilson’s injury is a big blow for Newcastle United. They may be able to counter-attack Leeds United, but the Whites should ultimately win the game away. This is a big six-point fixture with Leeds United coming out on top.