Betting Preview: Leeds vs Liverpool - Battling hosts can hold Reds at Elland Road

The Whites proved tough opponents for Jurgen Klopp’s men last season and look capable of taking a point from Sunday’s encounter.

Liverpool took four points off Leeds last season but it's fair to say that Marcelo Bielsa's men made life difficult for the Reds.

While Mo Salah banged in a hat-trick in the season-opener at Anfield, all three were very much needed as the hosts edged a seven-goal thriller.

When, where and how to watch

When: Sunday, September 12, 4.30pm BST

Where: Elland Road

How to watch: Sky Sports

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Best bets

Draw at 14/5

Liverpool - Draw in Half-Time Full-Time market at 12/1

Diogo Jota to be first Liverpool goalscorer at 3/1

Patrick Bamford to be first Leeds goalscorer at 13/5

(All text odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change)

And when Liverpool were chasing a Champions League spot at the end of last season, Leeds threatened to put a spanner in the works when grabbing a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw.

The Merseysiders have made a strong start to the new campaign with seven points out of nine although they will have been disappointed not to have seen off 10-man Chelsea at Anfield.

Andy Robertson embraces Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, Anfield, Premier League

Leeds were thrashed by Manchester United on the opening weekend and have yet to win.

However, they've shown plenty of fight to gain draws against both Everton and Burnley when trailing so it looks as if Bielsa has them at it again: as of course you would expect.

The visitors are odds-on to get the win but Leeds will be far from easy opponents.

Last three matches

Leeds 1-1 Liverpool (Premier League - April 19, 2021)

A difficult night for Liverpool started with Leeds fans gathering outside Elland Road to voice their disapproval about the Reds agreeing to join a breakaway European Super League.

Leeds players wore T-shirts saying 'Earn it' next to the Champions League logo - a pointed reference to the fact that Liverpool might not qualify automatically - and replicas were left in the visitors' dressing room much to Klopp's annoyance as the German had no part in the whole debacle which collapsed soon after.

On the pitch, Trent Alexander-Arnold set up Sadio Mane to slot in a 31st minute opener and end his goal drought.

But Leeds upped the tempo after the break and deservedly earned a point when Diego Llorente outjumped a Virgil van Dijk-less Liverpool defence and headed an equaliser three minutes from time.

Liverpool 4-3 Leeds (Premier League - September 20, 2020)

Crowned champions earlier in the summer, Liverpool got the new season underway with a bang as Salah slotted home a penalty in the fourth minute. But by the half-hour mark it was 2-2.

Jack Harrison thumped in a 12th-minute equaliser and, after van Dijk had headed the home side back in front, Patrick Bamford capitalised on a rare mistake from the Dutchman to level it up again.

Salah smashed home a brilliant volley to make it 3-2 three minutes later and it needed his 88th-minute penalty to settle the outcome after Mateusz Klich had levelled once more on 66.

Quite a return to the top-flight for Leeds after a 16-year absence.

Liverpool 2-0 Leeds (EFL Cup - November 29, 2016)

Before that 4-3 at Anfield, the only meetings between the sides following Leeds' relegation in 2004 were a pair of EFL Cup clashes, Liverpool winning the first 1-0 at Elland Road in 2009/10 and this one too in 2016.

The game was best remembered for Ben Woodburn becoming Liverpool's youngest ever scorer, the 17-year-old getting the clincher with nine minutes left.

Liverpool had taken the lead on 76 through Divock Origi against a then Championship Leeds side which featured Liam Cooper and Stuart Dallas.

Last 10 head-to-heads

Liverpool wins: 7

Draws: 3

Leeds wins: 0

Liverpool goals: 22

Leeds goals: 9

Can Liverpool get back to winning ways?

With all their title rivals playing on Saturday and most likely winning, Liverpool will want to close the gap again before any daylight starts to appear.

But a packed Elland Road isn't the easiest place to go and Leeds are unbeaten in their last seven home games, winning three and drawing four.

It's never easy for a team like Liverpool after the international break when their players have been here, there and everywhere.

And it's even more complicated than usual with Brazil trying to stop Alisson and Fabinho playing for the Reds after they were refused permission to go on international duty.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa says Patrick Bamford has had ‘very positive’ season

The same applies to Leeds star Raphinha and he'd be a major miss for Bielsa's side.

At the time of writing both clubs are trying all they can to get their players cleared.

Regardless, the overall idea of disruption still applies and it may diminish Liverpool a little. And that's all it might take for Leeds to bank a point.

Take the draw at 14/5.

Half-Time/Full-Time market offers greater riches

While the basic draw price looks decent enough, there may be a way to really bank some profits on the game ending all square.

Last season at Elland Road, Liverpool led at the break before having to settle for a draw.

And so far this term, Leeds have shown their battling qualities to come back and earn a point after twice trailing against Everton and again away to Burnley.

For Liverpool to be leading at half-time but Leeds to respond after the break and force a draw at full-time, the price is a healthy 12/1.

Goalscorer bets

Mo Salah has scored 99 goals in 161 Premier League games so will be keen to bring the century up.

If he does so, he'd become the fifth quickest to do so after Alan Shearer, Harry KaneSergio Aguero and Thierry Henry. Not bad company to keep.

Salah is always a good option but preference is for Diogo Jota who has netted the first goal of the game in two of Liverpool's three Premier League games so far.

The former Wolves man was also on target for Portugal on Tuesday night and he looks certain to start with Roberto Firmino injured.

Jota to score the first Liverpool goal is 3/1.

Patrick Bamford scored at Anfield and hit the bar in the 1-1 at Elland Road.

He'll be on a high after making his England debut last week and Bamford is worth a go at 13/5 to be first Leeds United scorer.

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