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Preview: Leeds United vs. Everton - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Premier League clash between Leeds United and Everton, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Leeds United will be looking to complete a league double over Everton for the first time since 1990-91 when the sides face off at Elland Road on Wednesday evening.

The Whites were 1-0 winners at Goodison Park in the reverse fixture, but they enter this game four points below their opponents having played a game more.


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Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin celebrates scoring against Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup on January 24, 2021© Reuters

Results have picked up for Everton since that defeat to Leeds a little under two months ago, with the Toffees collecting 17 points from the 27 on offer since then.

Saturday's 2-0 home loss to Newcastle United may have killed off the Toffees' momentum, but they still find themselves only six points behind the top four with two games in hand.

That defeat to an out-of-form Newcastle came on home soil, though away from Goodison Park they have won four of their last five in the league, including each of the last three.

Not since December 1985 have the Merseyside outfit won four top-flight away games in a row, but Elland Road is not a happy hunting ground for Everton.

Indeed, the Toffees have won only one of their last 37 top-flight away games against United - a 1-0 victory in November 2002 thanks to a Wayne Rooney goal.

Leeds United's Patrick Bamford celebrates scoring against Leicester City in the Premier League on January 31, 2021© Reuters

Leeds enter this contest full of confidence, too, having won back-to-back league matches against Newcastle and high-flying Leicester City.

However, while Everton have looked impressive on their travels, Leeds have won just two of their last eight at home, most recently losing 1-0 to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Of just as much intrigue will be the men in the dugouts, with Marcelo Bielsa aiming to become the fourth manager to win his first two top-flight games against Carlo Ancelotti.

The others, incidentally, were Alberto Zaccheroni (Udinese, 1996-97), Zdenek Zeman (1996-97, Lazio and Roma) and Gerardo Martino (2013-14, Barcelona).

Should he achieve that, Bielsa's men could move into the top half of the table. Victory for Everton, meanwhile, and Champions League football next term will remain a realistic aim.

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Team News

Patrick Bamford celebrates scoring for Leeds United against Burnley in the Premier League on December 27, 2020© Reuters

Patrick Bamford sustained a dead leg in the 3-1 win at Leicester, a game in which he scored one and set up two more, but he expects to be fit and available for Wednesday's game.

In-form winger Raphinha is doubtful with a knock, as is Rodrigo Moreno, so Helder Costa and Mateusz Klich may be handed starts.

Defenders Diego Llorente and Robin Koch will definitely play no part because of muscular and knee injuries respectively.

As for Everton, Allan, Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin all remain sidelined.

Despite his place in the side being called into question, Ancelotti kept faith in goalkeeper Jordan Pickford against Newcastle and that should remain the case here.

Ancelotti may be tempted to make some changes, though, with the likes of Andre Gomes, Mason Holgate and Ben Godfrey all in contention to return to the starting lineup.

Leeds United possible starting lineup:
Meslier; Ayling, Struijk, Cooper, Alioski; Phillips; Costa, Dallas, Klich, Harrison; Bamford

Everton possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Holgate, Mina, Keane, Godfrey; Doucoure, Gomes; Richarlison, Rodriguez, Digne; Calvert-Lewin


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We say: Leeds United 1-1 Everton

Everton may be better off than Leeds in terms of points, but the home side enter this game in better form thanks to back-to-back victories.

Of the 45 teams the Toffees have faced at least 10 times away from home in their top-flight history, their lowest win rate on the road is against Leeds.

However, Ancelotti's men have looked good on their travels and we can see them taking at least a point from this latest trip to Elland Road.


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Tuesday's key events


DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

SAILING
· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

FOOTBALL
· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
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CYCLING
· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

BOXING
· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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