Wolverhampton Wanderers Vs Leeds United: Pre-Match Analysis
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: Ruben Neves of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates with team-mates Joao Moutinho and Willian Jose after he scores a goal to make it 1-1 from the spot after a penalty is awarded against Ryan Bertrand of Southampton for handball during the Premier League match between Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers at St Mary's Stadium on February 14, 2021 in Southampton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)

Wolverhampton Wanderers will look to leapfrog Leeds United in the Premier League table when they host the Lilywhites at Molineux this evening.

Wolves are unbeaten in the last three top-flight games with them having earned six points from the last nine after two 2-1 victories over Arsenal and Southampton retrospectively.

Meanwhile, Leeds have won three of their last five games, but come into this one on the back of a disappointing 4-2 defeat away to Arsenal last weekend.

Three at the back as the likely system

With how Leeds tend to play, high pressing football, out of possession and in possession through how they look to be direct, it seems that it would be a wise decision for Nuno Espirito Santo to stick with a three at the back-formation.

This is because when going forward, it would provide the visitors with less space in dangerous areas compared to if Santo chose to go with a four at the back system.

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Additionally, with this formation having eventually proved to work during Wolves' 2-1 win at Southampton last time out, it could be considered naive and risky to change formation against a side that time and time again this season have proven to be deadly on the counter-attack.

Neto vital to all things positive

It is no secret that throughout this season young winger Pedro Neto has turned up trumps on a consistent basis for Wolves.

This was proved once again last weekend as he was instrumental to the Wanderers comeback at St Mary's as every time he was found on the wing he looked a threat.

Not only that but ultimately it was his magnificent solo strike in the 66th-minute strike that was the reason that his side came away with all three points.

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That goal was in fact the 20-year old's ninth goal contribution in the top flight so far this season (five goals and four assists).

If he sets up a goal tonight he will actually become the first player since Marcus Rashford during the 2017/18 campaign that is under 21 to have scored and assisted five goals in a single Premier League season.

This in itself proves how influential and important he has been to the club this season and if the home side hope to get anything out of this clash, providing him balls in dangerous areas would arguably be the best way in which to do this.

Leeds formidable form in away games not in London

Going into the clash Marcelo Bielsa's outfit will be confident considering that they have picked up victories in six of their last seven away league games.

Their last defeat away from home outside of London came when they were demolished 6-2 by Manchester United back in December. A contest the Whites were easily outclassed by United.

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This impressive record puts the Lillywhites only behind United and Manchester City in terms of teams that have won the most points away from home at places that are not in London so far this season (18).

Therefore, this is likely to provide Bielsa's team with huge confidence going into this encounter as it proves that they do not play to try to nullify how other teams play.

Instead, they stick to their style of play and do it to effect and on many occasions, it has been proven that teams have struggled to cope with it.