Leeds United impressed in the 2020/21 season, their first season in the Premier League since 2004; they finished ninth on the table, just three points from the Europa Conference League qualification spot.
Going into their 2021/22 campaign, much was expected of the Whites; however, the West Yorkshire side failed to deliver as expected, finishing just above the relegation zone.
What are Leeds odds to stay up this season?
1/3. Leeds are backed to pretty much stay in the Premier League this season and can be backed at a shortish looking price of 1/3 to stay up.
What are Leeds odds to go down and be relegated?
9/4. Its good news for Leeds Utd fans as the bookies think there that the newly promoted sides have a bigger chance of going down before the Lilywhites.
It still could be a nail biting season however and that price doesn’t exactly instill confidence from a betting perspective.
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Due to a poor string of results, Leeds fired Marco Bielsa in late February; they were 16th on the table at the time, and were on a four match losing streak.
The West Yorkshire side hired ex-Leipzig manager Jesse Marsch, hoping for better results; but despite his best efforts, Leeds found themselves in the relegation zone with just one match left to play.
However, the Whites managed to escape relegation by the skin of their teeth, thanks to a beautiful 94th minute strike by Jack Harrison, in a dramatic final day of the season.
With Jesse Marsch gearing up for his first full season at Elland Road, we should take a look at the odds of Leeds United’s survival.
As expected, Leeds are one of the bookies favourites to be relegated; this option pays at 2/1, only Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest and Fulham have shorter odds in that regard.
Unsurprisingly, the Whites are not among the favourites to win the title; they are priced at a massive 500/1 odds to bring home the trophy. With these odds in mind, we would do well to wonder about Leeds United’s chances.
Leeds United had to part ways with their top scorer Raphinha this summer; he started 34 league games last season, scoring 11 goals.
Raphinha’s departure will likely be a major blow to the club, but the £50m they got for him couldn’t hurt; also, Kalvin Phillips left for Manchester City for a reported £42m.
As a result of these sales, Leeds were able to dabble in the transfer market; they recruited Luis Sinisterra, Tyler Adams, Darko Gyabi, Rasmus Kristensen, Brenden Aaronson and Marc Roca.
It’s worth noting that these players cost Leeds almost £100m; as a matter of fact, the Whites were one of Europe’s biggest spenders this summer, only three teams have spent more on transfers.
With these new additions, we should expect Leeds to fare much better than they did last season; perhaps they can top their ninth-place finish in the 2020/21 campaign.
As for winning the Premier League title, time will tell if they have what it takes.