Everton will welcome Leeds United to Goodison Park on Saturday as Marcelo Bielsa aims to put an end to a three-match winless streak in the Premier League.
Both the Blues and the Whites enjoyed strong starts to the season with Carlo Ancelotti’s side briefly topping the table while the Yorkshire giants have impressed against top teams and picked up some impressive wins in the process.
Everton have, however, won just one of their last five while Leeds suffered back-to-back 4-1 defeats to Leicester and Crystal Palace before drawing with Arsenal in their last outing.
Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen has shared his prediction for this weekend’s showdown at Goodison Park and he has tipped the game to end as a score draw.
Writing on the BetVictor website, Owen said: “Leeds are at their best when teams come at them and have a go. We saw this early in the season when they lost 4-3 at Anfield.
“They struggle to open up sides that have 11 men behind the ball, however, I don’t think Everton will be looking to do that. On home soil, The Toffees will be on the front foot, and I think that will play into Leeds’ hands.
“I reckon this could be an entertaining match and can see both sides sharing the points in a score draw.”
Only West Brom and Fulham  have conceded more goals than Leeds  in the Premier League this season but Everton’s defence hasn’t fared much better with the Merseysiders leaking 16 goals in nine games.
Despite that, stats by FBRef show that Everton’s xGA (expected goals against) is only 11.2 so they should not really be conceding as many as they are.
Leeds also have an xGA [15.2] which is lower than their actual goals against, which suggests both teams are underperforming defensively.
As that is the case, we can expect both teams to score on Saturday and that is probably why Owen has predicted a score draw.
But Everton have been dealt a major blow ahead of the game with Lucas Digne suffering an injury.
Digne’s assisted four goals in eight Premier League matches, with three of those assists supplying a goal for Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
We’d make Leeds to be slight favourites.
But we are biased.
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