Two famous clubs that hope to Newcastle United take on Leeds United at the St. James’ Park in the Premier League on Tuesday, 26 January 2021.
Both sides were already eliminated from the FA Cup competition earlier this month and whereas Leeds United have more than a week to fully focus and prepare for the upcoming clash at the St. James’ Park, the home side were involved in Premier League action on Saturday.
They already met last month when Leeds United materialized their better physical condition and superiority in the final minutes to seal a 5-2 victory at Elland Road. This was Leeds’ first win over Newcastle United since September 2002 – the Whites had to endure a six-game winless streak (competitive games only) against the Magpies (0-2-4).
Should the West Yorkshire outfit win again on Tuesday, they can complete a league double over Newcastle for the first time in the Premier League era, last doing so in the 1975-76 campaign.
Newcastle United Betting Preview
The Magpies will return to their St. James’ Park after four consecutive games on the road and Steve Bruce will have to find the right approach to finally end his side’s dreadful form.
All in all, Newcastle are winless in their last 10 games – losing eight of them – and their awful form started exactly with the aforementioned 5-2 defeat at Leeds on 16 December.
Steve Bruce’s men may have started the season somehow positively but their rot continues and the pressure on Steve Bruce could rise even more, particularly after former Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has just left his job in China.
Newcastle United’s spirited effort to earn a point in the goalless draw against defending champions Liverpool last month already remains far behind and the poor sequence quickly overshadowed the positive influence they could have drawn out of it.
The Magpies once again looked powderpuff in attack, with the partnership of Callum Wilson and Andy Carroll struggling to trouble Aston Villa’s defense throughout. However, it’s not a single occasion as the Magpies have hit the back of the net just once in their last eight matches across all domestic competitions – all these results have come after the 2-1 home win over West Bromwich Albion on 12 December – right after the coronavirus outbreak within the Tyneside outfit.
To sum things up, goalscorer Callum Wilson (8 goals in 17 Premier League games this season) failed to score in six consecutive games whereas fellow-forward Andy Carroll has scored just once in 16 appearances across all competitions.
Interestingly, Newcastle’s boss Steve Bruce has never lost a home league game against Leeds during his long-lasting managerial career (5 wins and 2 draws) and at the moment he definitely needs another result more than ever, with .
Allan Saint-Maximin made his long-awaited comeback following a long recovery of his own coronavirus bout and he worked on regaining his fitness. The French winger is one of the Geordies who can make a real difference at a given moment and it’s yet to be seen whether Steve Bruce will rush him straight into the starting lineup, as Saint-Maximin only had a cameo at Villa Park at the weekend.
Scotland winger Ryan Fraser also returned following suspension – as he was sent off in the 1-0 defeat at rock-bottom Sheffield United earlier this month.
Matt Ritchie could get the nod over summer signing Jamal Lewis at left-back, while Jacob Murphy and Joelinton could also be recalled to the starting side – all of them remained unused substitutes against Villa on Saturday.
However, bear in mind that local media reports that the Magpies and Championship side Bournemouth may do a possible swap deal involving Newcastle’s wing-back Matt Ritchie and Cherries midfielder Philip Billing, which could see the former returning to his old club.
Paul Dummett and Federico Fernandez will probably miss out for the home side, while fellow-defender Ciaran Clark is a doubt.
Leeds United Betting Preview
Looking for their first win since the turn of the year, Leeds United will be keen to return to winning ways when they head to the North East on Tuesday.
Moreover, Marcelo Bielsa’s men have failed to score in their last three matches and their frustrating streak also includes a devastating 3-0 defeat at the hands of League Two side Crawley Town just two weeks ago.
Thus they remain the only Premier League side yet to score in all competitions in 2021. The only previous club in the competition to fail to score in their opening four matches in a year were Cardiff City in 2018-19 and this eventually led to their relegation.
However, Marcelo Bielsa’s side still keeps a healthy distance (11 points clear of Fulham in 18th) to the relegation zone for now, but things can quickly change if they fail to improve and be sure – their opponents won’t do them a favor.
The Peacocks have now lost three in a row and the visit of Newcastle seems to be one of the most doable fixtures in the coming weeks, as Marcelo Bielsa’s side will next play Leicester City (away) and Everton (home).
Leeds United’s centre-forward Patrick Bamford already reached double figures with 10 goals in 18 Premier League games this season but is yet to score in his last three appearances, so the Englishman will hope to reignite his scoring form against Newcastle.
Kalvin Phillips is set to return following suspension and his availability is a huge boost for Marcelo Bielsa’s game plan, with the England midfielder being one of the pivotal figures at Elland Road.
Tyler Roberts, Jamie Shackleton and veteran Pablo Hernández are among the options should Bielsa opt to reshuffle his midfield.
Illan Meslier is a major doubt for Leeds United so Kiko Casila will once again start in goal should his younger teammate fail to recover in time.
In addition to goalkeeper Illan Meslier, Robin Koch, Gaetano Berardi and Adam Forshaw remain long-term absentees for Leeds.
Possible Starting Lineups of Newcastle United and Leeds United
Newcastle United: Karl Darlow – Jamal Lewis, Ciaran Clark, Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar, DeAndre Yedlin – Allan Saint-Maximin, Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden, Jacob Murphy – Callum Wilson. (5-4-1)
Leeds United: Kiko Casilla – Stuart Dallas, Luke Ayling, Liam Cooper, Ezgjan Alioski – Kalvin Phillips – Raphinha, Rodrigo, Mateusz Klich, Jack Harrison – Patrick Bamford. (4-1-4-1)
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
Leeds United are -110 favorites to claim their first double over Newcastle in the Premier League era, but can we really dismiss Newcastle’s ability at odds of +250 with BetOnline?
The Peacocks have won two of their last five away games in the Premier League and they probably have the quality to bounce back against a Newcastle United side that’s stuck in a rut.
Anyway, the Magpies look better on home soil and have lost just one of their last four games (1-2-1) at the St. James’ Park – a 2-1 defeat to Leicester City on 3 January – and we believe that they won’t give up without a proper fight here.
Overall, there were 37 goals scored in Leeds’ 9 Premier League away games this season and even though both sides struggle to score over the past weeks, we expect a high-scoring encounter at Newcastle, with both teams looking to end their goal drought and last but not least, they also have domestic strikers who are eager to impress ahead of the rescheduled European Championship.
Spooky Express Free Play: Over 2½, 3 (2.75) Goals -108 @ BetOnline for 6/10 Units