July 31, 2021

Leeds ease to win against Crystal Palace

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Leeds eased into the top half of the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Monday Night Football.

Jack Harrison gave Marcelo Bielsa’s side the perfect start as his deflected strike gave them the lead as early as the third minute before Patrick Bamford (52) sealed all three points early in the second half with his 100th career goal.

Victory sees Leeds move above Arsenal, who they face on Sunday, live on Sky Sports (kick-off 4.30pm), into 10th.

Meanwhile, Palace, who say 13th, see their two-game winning run brought to an end at Elland Road.

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Man of the match – Raphinha

Sky SportsAndy Hinchcliffe: “He’s playing like he’s been in the Premier League for years but tonight is only his 17th appearance. His passing, his movement and his work rate is all brilliant. He really epitomises the Marcelo Bielsa game plan with his quality and his hard work.”

Opta stats – Crystal Palace’s struggles without Zaha continue

  • Crystal Palace have failed to score in seven away games in the Premier League this season, the joint-most of any side (level with Burnley).
  • Palace have lost 17 of their last 19 Premier League games when Wilfried Zaha hasn’t played, failing to score in 15 of those 17 defeats.
  • Leeds have won three of their last four Premier League games (L1), as many victories as they enjoyed in their eight before that (L5).
  • Jack Harrison’s opener (2 mins 35 secs) was Leeds’ fastest Premier League goal since Steve Caldwell netted against Blackburn Rovers back in April 2004 (2nd minute). Harrison has netted three goals in his last four league games, as many as he managed in his previous 24 for the club.

What’s next?

Sunday 14th February 4:00pm Kick off 4:30pm

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Saturday 13th February 2:45pm Kick off 3:00pm

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Leeds are back in action on Sunday when they travel to Arsenal, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 4.30pm.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace face Burnley at Selhurst Park on Saturday, February 13, also live on Sky Sports; kick-off 3pm.