The 2020-21 Premier League fixture’s opening day promises to be an exciting one with champions versus champions. Current top-flight winners Liverpool welcome Championship winners Leeds United this weekend. The match schedules for Saturday at Anfield with kickoff at 7:30 pm.
After a 16 year absence in the Premier League, Leeds United are back in contention against the reigning champions. Liverpool waited 30 years to regain their title and will be fighting to defend their title this year.
Liverpool still reckons the record-breaking, action-packed, and relentless 2019-2020 campaign that saw the side raise the Premier League title in Anfield’s style. Jurgen Klopp remains keen on keeping a focus on the task at hand with rivals posing a threat for the title defense.
The Reds won the season with seven games to spare while finishing with 18 points from second-placed Manchester City. A Community Sheild defeat to Arsenal might not worry Klopp a bit. The side faced the same fate in the buildup to the 2019-20 season against Manchester City and won the Premier League.
Liverpool remains unbeaten at Anfield since 2017, a streak spanning 59 matches, having won 25 of their last 26 games. Marco Bielsa remains hopeful of kicking off their campaign on a high note after making several impressive signings in the transfer window.
Liverpool vs. Leeds United Head to Head
Both sides have played 94 games together, with Liverpool picking 50 wins while Leeds with 22 wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Liverpool 7-2 Blackpool
Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool
RB Sallsburg 2-1 Liverpool
Liverpool 3-0 VfB Stuggart
Newcastle United 1-3 Liverpool
Leeds United 4-0 Charlton Athletic
Derby County 1-3 Leeds United
Leeds United 1-0 Barnsley
Swansea City 0-1 Leeds United
Leeds United 5-0 Stoke City
Liverpool Team News
After missing out on the England call-up due to injury, Captain Dean Henderson remains doubtful for the clash. Midfielder Oxlade Chamberlain remains on the sidelines with a similar problem. Xherdan Shaqiri remains on the sidelines with a muscle injury while Kostas Tsimikas is out after testing positive for Covid 19.
Leeds United Team News
After getting his first England call up, midfielder Kalvin Philips looks set to make his Premier League debut this weekend. Another sensation pushing for a debut is Helder Costa, who has been impressive this season.
Prediction and Odds
We expect the Reds to continue their unbeaten Anfield record this weekend but face stiff competition from opponents.
Goals Over 2.5
Both Teams to Score