Newcastle followed up a late 2-0 win over Crystal Palace with a 2-1 triumph against West Bromwich Albion to get two successes on the turn unexpectedly post-lockdown.
Dwight Gayle struck the champ against his previous club a short ways from time after Darnell Furlong had offset Miguel Almiron’s first-minute opener at St James’ Park.
Those triumphs were two or three weeks separated because of Newcastle’s match against Aston Villa being canceled because of a Covid flare-up in their camp. Steve Bruce needed to roll out certain improvements for the West Brom coordinate however the Magpies seem, by all accounts, to be free for this game to Elland Road and they haven’tlost in five league matches.
Undoubtedly, Newcastle have lost only one of their last 13 Premier League games in Yorkshire, winning nine of those, since losing 1-0 at Huddersfield Town in August 2017. Leeds will be urgent to return of winning ways as they play against Newcastle.
The Whites have slipped three spots since beating Everton 1-0 a little over a fortnight prior, losing the two games from that point forward in spite of scoring first in the defeat to Chelsea and West Ham United. Mateusz Klich gave Marcelo Bielsa’s men the lead against West Ham, just for Tomas Soucek to even out before half time and Angelo Ogbonna to finish the turnaround late on.
Leeds have now conceded seven goals from set-pieces this season, the joint most elevated in the group with Leicester City, and Bielsa conceded after the West Ham rout that his side just need to improve in such manner. By chance, this will be Bielsa’s 114th match responsible for Leeds in all rivalries the most that he has dealt with a solitary club in his profession, overwhelming the 113 he managed with Athletic Bilbao.
This is the first Premier League meeting between the sides since 2004 and it is Newcastle who enter the game in better structure. Leeds have battled to clutch leads in ongoing games and are descending the division, however they stayed unbeaten in every one of the 14 of their midweek games in the Championship last season.
Not since November 2018 have Newcastle won three top flight games in succession, in the interim, and we can see that stand by going on a little longer come the finish of this challenge. Hence, bet on a draw in this match.