Leeds United vs Crystal Palace preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch 
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Despite losing 2-1 at home to Everton last time out, Leeds United come into this game on the back of another spirited performance that caught the attention via the swashbuckling style of play.    

As for Crystal Palace, Roy Hodgson's side are filled to the brim with confidence, having won back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since the start of the season.  

Both sides come into this match looking to secure their status as a mid-table Premier League outfit, as Leeds United and Crystal Palace currently find themselves sat on 29 points each.  

Team news – Leeds United  

Marcelo Bielsa will be without the services of a number of key players ahead of Monday’s clash, as his intense style of play tends to lead to a barrage of injuries throughout the course of the season.  

The Whites will be missing key players in the shape of Robin KochDiego LlorenteRodrigo MorenoAdam Forshaw and Ian Poveda.  

Leeds have also been known to rotate their squad on a weekly basis, therefore, it will be more than likely that Marcelo Bielsa will field a changed side to the one that played against Everton on Wednesday night.  

Team news – Crystal Palace  

Crystal Palace talisman, Wilfried Zaha, was forced off after 60 minutes in the 2-1 away win at Newcastle United last week, with Roy Hodgson confirming his key player had suffered a hamstring injury and will certainly be out for the trip to Elland Road.  

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However, in Zaha’s absence, it could be time for Hodgson to hand a debut to new arrival, Jean-Philippe Mateta, who is ‘fit and ready’ according to the Palace boss.  

The 73-year-old will also be without several key components of his squad, including Wayne HennesseyNathan FergusonMamadou SakhoJames Tomkins, James McCarthyJeffrey Schlupp and Connor Wickham, who are all battling different frailties. 

However, with the game being the last of the matchday, it has given time for Joel Ward and James McArthur to regain their fitness ahead of Monday.  

Last time out:  

It was live by the sword, die by the sword for Marcelo Bielsa last time out against Crystal Palace, as the Eagles ran out 4-1 winners and punished the free-flowing style of play that Leeds brough to Selhurst Park.  

Scott Dann headed Palace in front early on, rising highest to meet an Eberechi Eze corner.  

Eze then opened his Crystal Palace account with a stunning free-kick from 25-yards-out which he hit expertly into the top corner. 

But Leeds found an instant answer through Patrick Bamford, who endured a difficult loan spell at the Eagles in 2015, when the striker struck a sweet volley from just inside the area.  

However, that was the catalyst for the Palace onslaught.

Patrick van Aanholt deflected cross was turned into his own net by Helder Costa, which was then followed by the fourth from Jordan Ayew, who was left unmarked in the box to kill the game off on the 70th minute.

  

Ones to watch:

Leeds United – Patrick Bamford 

Patrick Bamford’s season has shocked many, including his former employers, Crystal Palace, who deemed the forward not good enough during his time at Selhurst Park under Alan Pardew.  

Bamford’s true potential had been unlocked by Bielsa, who allows the forward to drift between defences and, almost with elegance, glide across the pitch to latch onto passes.  

While he does not obtain the pace that his highly sought after for Premier League forwards, Bamford’s intelligence and movement gets him into the right places at the right time.  

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Bamford’s 11 goal return has been a revelation this season and he will be keen to continue his goalscoring exploits on Monday against his old side.  

Crystal Palace – Eberechi Eze  

In the absence of Wilfried Zaha, it will be time for Eberechi Eze to firmly take the reins of this Crystal Palace side.  

Eze’s creative genius and elegant performances have been a joy to behold at times for Crystal Palace fans.

He has already demonstrated his killer eye for a pass and his astute composure for a goal. In addition, Eze's £16.5 million price tag that the Eagles forked out to Queens Park Rangers, is already reaping the rewards at Selhurst Park. 

However, with Zaha unable to supply support to Eze this evening, it will provide the 22-year-old with a chance of handling the Eagles’ attacking authority of his shoulders.  

Predicted lineups: 

Leeds United: Meslier; Ayling, Struijk, Cooper, Alioski; Phillips; Raphinha, Dallas, Klich, Harrison; Bamford.  

Crystal Palace: Guaita; Clyne, Dann, Cahill, Van Aanholt; Townsend, Milivojevic, Riedewald, Eze; Ayew, Benteke.


Where to watch:  

This game is available on both Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Kick-off is at 20:00. 

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