Palace Make Their First Trip To Elland Road For Almost Nine Years

The Eagles return to the Monday night football spotlight with a trip to take on Leeds as they bid to build on the back to back wins against Newcastle and Wolves.

DATE

8th February 2021

KICK OFF

8pm

VENUE

Elland Road, Beeston, Leeds LS11 0ES

LAST TIME

You have to go back to Palace’s promotion season for the last visit to Elland Road which was November 2012. The Eagles suffered a 2-1 defeat after Luciano Becchio and Paul Green put the hosts in control before Peter Ramage scored a consolation goal late on. Amazingly, Palace have two survivors from that starting eleven still playing for the club today, Joel Ward and Wilfried Zaha.

OFFICIALS

Referee – Andre Marriner

Assistants – Scott Ledger, Adrian Holmes, Robert Jones (fourth official)

VAR – Kevin Friend, Simon Beck (assistant)

INJURY CONCERNS

PALACE – James McCarthy, James McArthur, Joel Ward, Connor Wickham, Wayne Hennessey, Nathan Ferguson, WIlfried Zaha, Jeffrey Schlupp, Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins

LEEDS – Diego Llorente, Gaetano Berardi, Rodrigo Moreno Machado, Adam Forshaw, Ian Poveda-Ocampo, Robin Koch

SUSPENSIONS

None

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – Luka Milivojevic (1), Christian Benteke (1)

YELLOW CARDS (4+) – Luka Milivojevic (5), Kalvin Phillips (5), Luke Ayling (5), Mateusz Klich (5), Wilfried Zaha (4), Stuart Dallas (4)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 07/11/2020 Crystal Palace 4-1 Leeds United
  • 09/03/2013 Crystal Palace 2-2 Leeds United
  • 24/11/2012 Leeds United 2-1 Crystal Palace
  • 14/01/2012 Crystal Palace 1-1 Leeds United
  • 10/09/2011 Leeds United 3-2 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 02/02/2021 Newcastle United 1-2 Crystal Palace
  • 30/01/2021 Crystal Palace 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • 26/01/2021 Crystal Palace 2-3 West Ham United
  • 17/01/2021 Manchester City 4-0 Crystal Palace
  • 14/01/2021 Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Leeds;

  • 03/02/2021 Leeds United 1-2 Everton
  • 31/01/2021 Leicester City 1-3 Leeds United
  • 26/01/2021 Newcastle United 1-2 Leeds United
  • 16/01/2021 Leeds United 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
  • 10/01/2021 Crawley Town 3-0 Leeds United

RECORD AGAINST LEEDS UNITED

  • Played 63
  • Won 18
  • Drawn 18
  • Lost 29

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Patrick Bamford 7.15
  • Liam Cooper 7.08
  • Wilfried Zaha 6.96
  • Eberechi Eze 6.87

ONE TO WATCH

JACK HARRISON

FORMER CLUBS – Liverpool, Manchester United, Black Rock FC, Manhattan SC, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, New York City, Manchester City, Middlesbrough (loan)

The 24-year-old is currently on loan from Manchester City but has had an unconventional route to the Premier League which saw early youth stints at Liverpool and Manchester United before he headed to the USA. Harrison was selected at the number one overall pick in the 2016 MLS Superdraft and was rated as the second best player in MLS under the age of 24 in the same year.

KEY CLASH

GARY CAHILL v PATRICK BAMFORD

Off the back of two wins and a first goal for the Eagles, former England international Cahill is in good form and will relish the challenge of taking on the Leeds striker that had a brief spell at Palace. He himself is in good form having already hit 11 goals already this season.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • Leeds have won their last 5 home matches against Palace
  • Palace are unbeaten in 2 league games
  • Leeds have scored at least 2 goals in their last 5 home matches against Palace
  • Palace are unbeaten in their last 2 games against Leeds
  • Both teams sit on 29 points in the Premier League, separated only on goal difference

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (9 – 9th in PL)
  • ASSISTS – Eberechi Eze, Andros Townsend (3)
  • PASSES – Cheikhou Kouyate (781)
  • TACKLES – James McArthur (57 – 5th in PL)
  • TOUCHES – James McArthur (1034)
  • SHOTS – Wilfried Zaha (44 – 15th in PL)
  • SAVES – Vicente Guaita (68 – 8th in PL)

PREDICTION

The same narrative will appear for this game as Palace will be without Wilfried Zaha after his injury at Newcastle. The Eagles must find a way of winning without him and there is no doubt that his is a squad that should be able to cope without him. Leeds will provide a stern test and will be keen to revenge the heavy defeat they suffered at Selhurst Park earlier in the season.

FINAL SCORE: 2-2

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 3/4
  • Draw – 11/4
  • Away – 16/5
  • Both teams to score – 4/7

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