It’s a shame that while giving you our expert picks for English football’s most storied, bitter rivalries – Leeds vs Man Utd – we need to talk also about the European Super League.
Its inception followed by its swift and chaotic collapse will cast a shadow over most games which remain, particularly when only one of these two famous clubs was considered super enough for entry.
As for form on the field, Leeds was unfortunate not to defeat a vulnerable Liverpool on Monday night, winning the xG battle 2.6 – 1.6 but still needing a late equaliser to salvage a draw. Scoring goals has been a problem since Patrick Bamford began to falter, scoring just two in his last 10 games.
Manchester meanwhile is almost assured of second place in the final standings and is undefeated on the road this season (10 wins and six draws). The team has been much better away from Old Trafford.
This match would have more explosive connotations were fans allowed to attend given the intensity of the rivalry (these fan bases quite literally hate each other). As ever with no crowd, it’s difficult to know how the players will react.
Leeds vs Man Utd odds
Manchester United is favorite in the money line betting with best odds of -115, while Leeds is the underdog at +300. On the goals front the online bookmakers favor more than 2.5 goals as well, with -160 the best odds.
But given Leeds’ record outlined above, we prefer Under 2.5 goals, available at a generous +138.
Leeds vs Man Utd stats
Manchester United’s unbeaten away record is the key thing here – it has faced difficult situations but emerged successful, particularly in recent wins at Manchester City and Tottenham.
But coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can be negative in his tactical approach on the road and many of United’s matches against other good teams have been low on quality – and goals.
Leeds’ form is unpredictable, from losing at home to Fulham to winning on the road at likely champion Manchester City. But Marcelo Bielsa’s side is always better placed to take on the bigger sides and we expect them to control the game. The big question is whether Leeds can capitalize on possession of the ball by scoring goals.
Leeds vs Man Utd injury report
For Leeds, neither Raphinha or Rodrigo was involved in Monday’s draw with Liverpool and both may miss out again. Rodrigo has a persistent groin problem and Bielsa wants to ensure he is back to full fitness before risking him. Raphinha meanwhile has more chance of recovering from a minor issue in time for kick-off.
For Manchester, Anthony Martial is out for the season after knee surgery, which will mean veteran Edinson Cavani will retain his place in attack. In defence, Eric Bailly is yet to return to the club after testing positive for COVID a few weeks ago.
Leeds vs Man Utd picks
Leeds has given all of the best teams in the league a tough game at home, but it has not beaten them, drawing with Chelsea and Arsenal 0-0, and Manchester City and Liverpool 1-1.
Given the stage of the season we are in, the draw is the angle here, with odds of +305 looking good with Bet America. Under 2.5 goals also appeals at +138 (widely available).
What time does Leeds vs Man Utd start?
The match will take in place in the Premier League at Elland Road on Sunday, 25 April with a kick off time of 0900 ET (0600 PT).
Where can I watch Leeds vs Man Utd on TV?
Leeds vs Manchester United will be shown on NBC Sports and Peacock Premium.