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Leeds United vs Newcastle United betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions, team news and odds

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Leeds United vs Newcastle United match preview

With just three games to go, can Sam Allardyce save Leeds United from relegation?

In the first of his four games in charge, Big Sam oversaw Leeds’ trip to Manchester City a week ago and, in truth, they’ll be delighted to have only lost 2-1.

After Man City had missed countless chances, including a penalty, Rodrigo halved the deficit, although a remarkable comeback never appeared particularly likely.

Subsequent results saw Leeds slip into the bottom three, now two points adrift Everton and safety.

The Whites will probably need, at least, five points from their remaining three games to survive, facing West Ham (A) and Tottenham (H) after this.

Thus, defeat in this one could be more or less terminal.

Last Sunday, the Magpies suffered only their fourth home league defeat under Eddie Howe, a period of 31 matches, beaten 2-0 by Arsenal.

Before this, the Toon Army had seen their side win eight of their previous nine matches, so remain third, two points clear of Manchester United and three above Liverpool, with a game in hand on the latter.

In the next nine days, Howe’s side host both Brighton and then Leicester, hoping to have a top four spot rubber stamped before visiting beleaguered Chelsea on the final day.

Newcastle have actually won eight of their last 12 visits to Elland Road, with Jonjo Shelvey’s late free-kick the difference last season.

The Magpies are likely to further improve that ratio here, even if Leeds have won all four matches this season when kicking off in the relegation zone this season.

Leeds United team news

The first major decision Sam Allardyce made last weekend was dropping Illan Meslier, who’d started all 110 of Leeds’ Premier League fixtures since promotion beforehand.

So, Joel Robles will keep his place in goal, while Adam Forshaw also come into midfield against Man City, his first league start since New Years’ Eve, a goalless draw in Newcastle.

Tyler Adams and Luis Sinisterra remain sidelined due to injury.

Predicted XI (4-5-1): Robles; Ayling, Kristensen, Wöber, Struijk; McKennie, Roca, Forshaw, Harrison, Gnonto; Bamford.

Newcastle United team news

Despite defeat last weekend, Eddie Howe isn’t going to make too many changes.

Interestingly, Callum Wilson and Alexander Isak started together for the first time ever in that one, but it didn’t have the desired effect.

So, any one of Anthony Gordon, Miguel Almirón or Allan Saint-Maximin could return out-wide, with Isak leading the line.

In midfield, with Sean Longstaff injured, Joelinton will complete the trio.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Pope; Trippier, Schär, Botman, Burn; Willock, Joelinton, Guimarães; Murphy, Saint-Maximin; Isak.

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Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".

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