West Bromwich Albion vs. Leeds United Betting Preview – EPL, December 29, 2020

| December 28, 2020 9:15 am PDT

These two sides have both had a mixed set of results over the Christmas period. But there is a feeling that West Brom and Leeds might be able to improve in the new year.

They meet on Tuesday for their last game in 2020, and it will be an interesting clash of styles between the tactics of Sam Allardyce and Marcelo Bielsa.

West Bromwich Albion vs. Leeds United Odds

West Bromwich Albion to Win+225
The Draw+265
Leeds United to Win-101

The appointment of Allardyce – and the surprise result at Anfield on Sunday – might have made BetOnline rethink the odds for this game. But the bookmaker has Leeds as the odds on favorite to win, and that should still offer the best prospect of some winning returns.

West Bromwich Albion vs. Leeds United Match Analysis

The change in manager was not responsible for both draws, but West Brom has now taken a point from Manchester City and Liverpool – away from home – in the last two weeks, and there must be a new sense of confidence at the club as it draws the year to a close.

This season was always going to be tough for any promoted club, but now West Brom does seem to be turning a corner. With the safety net of Sheffield United being unable to win a single game, the Baggies might think that they can be better than at least two other sides in the EPL this season.

But Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds is a different prospect to most opponents in the English top flight. It might struggle to play quite as openly as usual, but Leeds will probably enjoy the majority of the possession against West Brom on Tuesday. It was a more defensive look on Sunday against Burnley – but it still won through in the end.

Even a more restricted Leeds is more exciting to watch than most of the clubs in the Premier League – but Bielsa will need to figure out a way to get through Allardyce’s ultra-defensive formation. Leeds needs to be more consistent, but the focus should be on breaking down West Brom through constant attrition.

West Bromwich Albion vs. Leeds United Prediction and Pick

Pick
  • Leeds United to Win
    -101

There will be some West Brom fans getting carried away with the idea of Sam Allardyce saving the club this season now. The tactics might have worked against Liverpool, but surely they cannot be successful every time? I feel that Leeds can be even more impressive going forward than Jurgen Klopp’s side at times – and it should be the Yorkshire side that gets the better of West Brom.

Dan Roberts

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