Biggest Leeds United Wins in the 2020/21 Premier League

18 Oct 2021 09:17 pm, by YorkshireSquare

Leeds United first season back in the Premier League was undoubtedly a success, finishing 9th and just three points short of reaching European competition. Marcelo Bielsa’s men famously were the sixth-best attack in the league and, out of the 18 league wins, there were some memorable moments. As 2021/22 has started as something of a slog, in this article, we'll look at some of the most important, defining wins for Leeds last year.

Manchester City v Leeds United (1-2)

After two victories in a row against Fulham and Sheffield United, the Whites travelled to the Etihad to face league leaders Manchester City. Bielsa's side sat comfortably in the middle of the table after a consistent run in the first season back in the Premier League, and would eventually finish in the top half. Contrast that with this year, where they're struggling to win games and struggling to string any results together, and according to outright football Premier League betting odds, they are priced at odds of 7/4 to finish in the top half of the table.

Stuart Dallas gave the Whites the lead near the end of the first half, but optimism was short-lived as Liam Cooper was controversially sent off just four minutes later. The team entered the second half with only 10 men and saw City’s possession rise from 63% to 78% as they desperately tried to score.

With 14 minutes to play, Ferrán Torres scored the equalizer. However, in stoppage time, Dallas outran Stones and snatched a crucial late goal. Overall, it took a Herculean effort to beat a side that had, at the time, only lost three games all season.

Aston Villa v Leeds United (0-3)

After a promising start to the season, Leeds visited Villa Park to face Aston Villa, who had had a perfect run until then, winning all their PL games, including a 7-2 win against Liverpool.

The first half saw the home team try to dominate the game, but Bielsa's tactics ensured the away side took control of the ball. However, in the second half, Leeds started to press a little higher and possession led to full control of the game. In a series of quick counter-attacks, Patrick Bamford, proving the doubters of his ability to cut it in the Premier League wrong, scored three goals in what was an absolutely precise performance from Leeds, who proved dangerous every time they attacked. The game statistics speak for themselves, with the Whites carrying 60% of possession, and creating 27 attempts at goal, with nine shots on target.

Leeds United v Tottenham (3-1)

With only four games till the end of the season, Spurs dreamed of reaching the Europa League, while Leeds wanted to get back on track after two draws and a defeat.

United showed from early on they wanted to control the game and score early. Stuart Dallas grabbed the first goal in the 13th minute, but Tottenham reacted and levelled the game 12 minutes later. The home side wasn’t shaken by this and kept forcing Lloris into some great saves. Just before half-time, the Whites' superiority produced a second goal, this time from Bamford. In the second half, Leeds relied more on counter-attacks, with Spurs pushing for a second goal. However, Bielsa showed why the Elland Road hierarchy made such an effort to keep him tied down and made changes that proved crucial as Rodrigo entered the game to make it 3-1.

As a result of that win, Leeds reached 50 points and surpassed Aston Villa, kicking off a series of four consecutive victories in the last four games of the season.
Let's hope that more performances like that are to come as United look to get over early-season blips and avoid difficult-second-season syndrome.