A clash between two teams who narrowly escaped relegation last season at Burnley’s expense. The hosts have started this campaign with little more promise with a 3-0 win over Chelsea last time out at Elland Road. Two wins from two at home is not what the Toffees want to see.
Frank Lampard’s squad are looking even weaker than last, with no wins in 4 – perhaps no surprise given the outgoing of top-scorer Richarlison.
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I’m not expecting any changes from their narrow 1-0 loss to Brighton on the weekend given this same team thrashed Chelsea in the last home game.
Rodrigo up top, Roca and Adams at the base of midfield, Llorente and Koch at centre-half and Meslier between the posts is becoming a reliable structure to this Leeds side.
Th big question mark for Everton is whether new signing Neal Maupay will debut after his transfer from Brighton – with a severe lack of strikers I can’t see why Lampard wouldn’t start him.
That pushes makeshift striker Antony Gordon back behind the main striker.
Patterson will look to keep his place at wing-back given his strong performances, while there will be a battle for a start between Holgate and Keane.
Leeds have managed 2 wins, and 1 loss in their first 4 games, sitting pretty in 5th place.
This is surprising given their xG’s with their opponent’s expected to be scoring more goals. This is also shown in the shot distribution, with opponent’s averaging more shots per game.
Similarly, Everton have been outperformed by their opponents in the xG department, but that reflects more in their results – 2 wins and 2 draws and 18th in the league.
There’s not much to split between them and their opponents in all departments, which highlights how much Lampard has been missing that clinical finisher.
Player Shots and Shots on Target
Leeds haven’t struggled for a finisher, with Rodrigo pipping Bamfords for the starting spot up front. The Brazilian has been averaging almost 5 shots per 90, with a 39% shot accuracy.
Behind the main man are the Harrison, Aaronson and James, although they’ve only been averaging around a shot on target every 2 matches.
Makeshift striker Antony Gordon leads the line in terms of shots for the Toffees. 3.75 shots per 90, with a 73% shot accuracy.
That’s closely followed by Demarai Gray, who averages just under 3 shots per game.
It’s worth noting that new signing Neal Maupay had 2.33 shots per game and 0.55 on target last season for Brighton.
Player Goals and Assists
Just the 3 goal scorers for Leeds this season, and it’s not surprising to see who tops it.
Rodrigo has scored 4 goals in 4 appearances, and has failed to score just once this season.
Jack Harrison is closely followed with 4 goal contributions, a goal and 3 assists.
Everton have hit the back of the net just 3 times this season, helped out by former left-back Lucas Digne with an own-goal in their 2-1 defeat to Villa.
Antony Gordon and Demarai Gray are the only goalscorers this season, so will be hoping Maupay can come in with some goals – he scored 8 last season.
A surprise name on the list is Jordan Pickford, who grabbed his first ever Premier League assist against Nottingham Forest.
I wouldn’t expect too many cards this game with both teams and the referee averaging under 2.5 cards a game.
Leeds have racked up 8 yellows this season, with Harrison and Aaronson both getting in the book twice.
Defensive midfielders Tyler Adams and Marc Roca are also ones to look out for, given they average over 2 fouls a game. Adams has already made 11 fouls this season.
Gordon an Gray have drawn the most fouls for Everton this season – both over a foul a game. This is unsurprising given they attempt around 3 dribbles a game.
It’s also worth mentioning Neal Maupay again, he drew 1.54 fouls per 90 last season at Brighton, attempting 1.47 dribbles in the same time.
Match-Ups to Watch:
Adams vs Gray
Roca vs Gordon
Aaronson vs Tarkowski
Once again Gordon tops the list for Everton. He makes 2.25 fouls per 90, and is the only Evertonian to have seen yellow twice this season.
Midfielders Mykolenko, Iwobi and Davies all make the list for fouls and cards too.
In terms of fouls drawn, I’d expect a real tussle in the midfield.
The five starting midfielders for Leeds make up the top 5 most fouled players in the team, with wingers James and Harrison leading the way.
Match-Ups to Watch
Gordon vs Roca
Mykolenko vs Harrison
Holgate/Keane vs Aaronson
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