Zaha out, Bamford looks to continue fine form: Leeds United vs Crystal Palace preview

Matchweek 23 of the Premier League comes to an end this evening as Leeds United host Crystal Palace.

Leeds come into the game in ever-inconsistent form, having drawn only two of their 21 league games so far this season.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side are yet to win three games on the bounce in 2020/21, and come into the Palace game off the back of a 2-1 home defeat to Everton.

However, the Whites have bagged six goals in three matches, with a huge contributor to this being striker Patrick Bamford. The Englishman has scored or assisted four goals in his last two games and is in red hot form, alongside prolific wingers Jack Harrison and summer signing Raphinha.

Palace will need to keep him quiet, but will take solace in the fact that only three of his 11 league goals this term have come at Elland Road.

Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace have also endured an inconsistent season, sitting 13th in the Premier League – two places behind Leeds. The two clubs are level on points thanks to Palace’s recent form, which has seen them pick up two wins in two games.

Starman Wilfried Zaha was subbed off early in their most recent game though – a 2-1 win at Newcastle – with a hamstring injury which will keep him out of the trip to West Yorkshire.

Summer acquisition Ebere Eze has stepped up seamlessly from the Championship for the Eagles this season, however, with three goals and three assists across the campaign.

The midfielder, who joined from QPR, is capable of splitting defences with incisive passing and majestic dribbling abilities.

Palace will be looking to take advantage of Leeds’ below average home record, with the Elland Road club 16th for points picked up at home. The Eagles on the other hand have only lost five of their 11 away games too, so the match promises to throw up some interesting storylines.

The game kicks off at 8pm.

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