By David Woods

2nd Feb, 2021 | 3:30pm

'Hard to have faith in Everton' – Sky Sports pundit predicts score in Leeds v Everton clash

Leeds United are looking for their third win in a row for the first time in the Premier League this season as they welcome Everton to Elland Road.

Sky Sports pundit Lewis Jones thinks they’re going to fall just short, with set pieces coming back to haunt them.

He thinks the game will end 1-1 despite admitting that Leeds are showing a real “ruthlessness” in front of goal at the moment.

Writing in his regular column for Sky Sports Jones said, “It’s very hard to have faith in Everton from a prediction point of view considering their current problems in attacking areas.

“No wonder Dominic Calvert-Lewin hasn’t scored for seven games, his creators in behind him are really struggling.

“It’s Everton set-piece prowess that puts me off siding with Leeds, who are showing a real ruthlessness in front of goal, scoring five goals from their last 18 shots, working out at an average of a goal every 3.6 shots.”

Bamford & Raphinha key

Leeds would be on cloud nine if they win on Wednesday night.

Few were predicting six points from two tough games against Leicester and Everton, but with three already in the bag from the harder of the two, it’s a real possibility now.

Everton are coming off the back of a bad loss to Newcastle, and have only scored one goal in the last three games.

Leeds are suffering from injuries, though. Robin Koch and Diego Llorente are out at the back, Rodrigo is probably going to miss the game, and there are doubts over Raphinha and even Patrick Bamford.

Ian Poveda picked up an injury in the Under-23s game against Sunderland on Monday and it means the squad is looking paper-thin.

Bamford and Raphinha are the two key players. if they’re both fit then we think they can combine again to take all three points on the new Elland Road pitch.

As for Everton, they have to do without Jordan Pickford after Carlo Ancelotti ruled out his international keeper.

He might have been in patchy form this season but he’s a top-quality shot-stopper.

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