'It could be an embarrassing defeat' - Sky Sports pundit predicts score in Leeds clash v Palace
Sky Sports pundit Lewis Jones has predicted Leeds United to lose 1-0 at the hands of Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men will be eager to bounce back following their disappointing 4-1 defeat to Leicester on Monday night as they go into the trip to South London sat in 12th in the Premier League.
Palace, on the other hand, are just one place below the Whites thanks to an inferior goal difference also lost their last outing when they were beaten 2-0 by Wolves at Molineux.
Sky Sports’ betting expert Jones is clearly a fan of Leeds’ style of play but must think that Palace’s more conservative approach will see them end up winning all three points on Saturday afternoon.
However, despite ultimately predicting a 1-0 win for the Eagles, he claims that if Leeds get the first goal, it could be a rout in favour of the Whites.
“Only Liverpool have created more chances from open play than Leeds this season and no team has clocked up as many in-game miles than Marcelo Bielsa’s team. This ‘move and fire’ style of football is winning the hearts of the neutrals but if ever a team is primed to suck the fun out of a football match, it is Crystal Palace and Roy Hodgson,” Jones wrote on the Sky Sports website.
“That will be their key task for this encounter; stop Leeds from being Leeds.
“This game is all about the first goal. If Leeds get it, then it could be an embarrassing defeat for Palace. But, Hodgson’s boys are the masters at defending a lead. I will side with them, tentatively.”
Is Jones overestimating Crystal Palace’s defensive prowess?
Hodgson is known as a defensive mastermind but the Eagles have conceded 11 goals in seven Premier League matches this season, which is more than West Ham  and Sheffield United  and they’re both lower than the South London club in the league.
Palace haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last six games either and in that time were easily rolled over 4-0 by Chelsea.
Interestingly, there have been red cards in all three of Palace’s last three Premier League fixtures.
Will it happen again this weekend when Leeds are in town?
The Whites are one of the most proficient tackling sides in the league with stats by WhoScored showing no side has completed more than their 143 tackles.
Palace rank third with 128.
Leeds and Palace are going to come to blows this weekend so it will be a very, very interesting match.
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