On Tuesday night in Southampton in the Leeds United League, both teams tried to return to victory.
Southampton arrested a dangerous slide with a superb performance in a 1–1 draw against Chelsea.
Takumi Minamino opened the scoring in that game with his second goal for the Saints since joining Liverpool on loan in the January transfer window.
However, Mason Mount Penalty ensured Southampton went into the seventh straight Premier League game without a win.
However, prior to that game, they had lost six in a row. Ralph Hasenhuttal would be happy to stop that rut and take a point, at least on his side.
Leeds have also lost their last two league games. After losing 4–2 to Arsenal last weekend, they lost 1–0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday night at Molinux. Elan Messlier’s own goal was enough to decide that game.
Marcelo Bielassa’s side currently have 32 points from 24 games, two more than Southampton.
Neither of these teams is likely to come to the business end of the dogfight season. However, both managers want points to assure Premier League safety, and in the end there is no pressure.
Leeds United vs Southampton Head-to-Head
Leeds have won 45 of the last 92 matches they have played against Southampton, losing 27 of them.
This will be the first league meeting between the two sides after Leeds return to the Premier League for the first time in 16 years.
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Leeds United vs Southampton Team News
Calvin Phillips is a big miss for Leeds, the English midfielder was sidelined due to a calf injury.
Leeds will also be without Rodrigo, Gaetano Beardy, Ian Poveda and Robin Koch for the game.
Injured: Calvin Phillips, Gaetano Beardy, Rodrigo, Ian Poweda, Robin Koch
suspended: No one
Ibrahima Diallo, Theo Walcott and Kyle Walker-Peters still reign for the Saints. However, they could take Stuart Armstrong back in their favor to face Leeds on Tuesday.
Injured: Theo Walcott, Kyle Walker-Peters, Ibrahima Diallo
suspended: No one
Leeds United vs Southampton Pre-determined XIs
Leeds United Predicted XI (4-1-4-1): Ilan Messlier; Luke Ayling, Diego Llorente, Liam Cooper, Agjian Aliowski; Pascal Strejak; Ruffinha, Metus Cliché, Jamie Shackleton, Jack Harrison; Patrick bamford
Southampton Estimated XI (4-4-2): Alex McCarthy; Jan Bednarek, Gennik Westergaard, Mohammed Salisu, Ryan Bertrand; Moses Genepo, James Ward-Provse, Orol Romeu, Takumi Minamino; Danny Ings, Nathan Redmond
Leeds United vs Southampton Prediction
Leeds are looking for a win to be bounced from two straight defeats, but this will not be easy, despite Southampton not winning in the league since early January.
That performance against Chelsea would have given him considerable confidence. We are predicting that Southampton will win one better and this game.
Prediction: Leeds United 1-2 Southampton
Published 22 February 2021 11:30 AM IST