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Leeds vs Preston prediction: Betting tips and team news for Championship tie

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Leeds vs Preston: Championship leaders Leeds take on relegation-threatened Preston as they look to extend their unbeaten start to the season.

Former Argentina and Chile manager Marcelo Bielsa has enjoyed an impressive start to life at Elland Road after replacing Paul Heckingbottom in the summer.

But ahead of tonight’s Championship visit of Preston, injuries to Bielsa’s squad are threatening to undo their good work so far.

Leeds vs Preston match preview

Leeds proved they are strong title contenders this season after beating promotion hopefuls Stoke and Derby 3-1 and 4-1 in their opening two games.

United went on to beat Bolton, Rotherham and Norwich but are now with just one win in their last five games across all competitions.

Preston, meanwhile, sit second from bottom in the Championship after picking up just five points in their first seven games.

Alex Neil’s men are without a win in the league since their 1-0 victory over QPR on the opening day, but have faced tough opponents in Swansea, Stoke and Derby.

And the Deepdale outfit travel to Elland Road as the only side to beat Leeds this season – a 2-0 win in the Carabao Cup in which Preston played 60 minutes with just 10 men.

Leeds vs Preston team news

Leeds could again be without Gaetano Berardi, Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe after they missed the 1-1 draw with Millwall through injury.

Patrick Bamford is definitely ruled out after suffering knee ligament damage, but Adam Forshaw could feature after returning to action for the Under-23s.

Young striker Tyler Roberts, who is yet to score in his three appearances for Leeds, is expected to lead the line for Bielsa’s side once again.

Preston will be without suspended midfielders Ben Pearson and Ryan Ledson, while Calum Woods and Sean Maguire (both hamstring) continue their rehabilitation.

Republic of Ireland midfielder Alan Browne is still missing for Preston with a calf problem he picked up on international duty.

Leeds vs Preston head-to-head

Leeds lost 3-1 to Preston in their most recent Championship clash last season at the Deepdale, but that stands as their only defeat in their last seven league meetings (W4 D2).

Preston have also failed to find the back of the net in their last three league trips to Elland Road.

Leeds vs Preston prediction

Leeds’ lack of firepower is a concern but they should get past Preston who are struggling with injuries and suspensions themselves.

But with two goals in each of their last three games, the visitors should find the back of the net this time round.

Leeds to win and both teams to score can be backed at 16/5 with Novibet.

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