On Saturday, Leeds United welcomes Southampton to Elland Road in what could be a crucial match in the Premier League’s bottom half of the standings. While interim manager Ruben Selles will continue to lead the Saints for the time being, the Whites will make their debut under recently appointed head coach Javi Gracia, pending the receipt of a work visa.
On Tuesday, Leeds officially announced the hiring of Javi Gracia as their new head coach, ending Michael Skubala’s brief three-game reign fifteen days after they fired Jesse Marsch. The 52-year-old, who has signed a “flexible contract” with the West Yorkshire club, is charged with guiding his new team away from the relegation zone as they currently sit 19th in the table and two points adrift of safety after a horrendous 10-game winless league run, including a 1-0 loss at Everton last weekend.
Leeds will be hoping Gracia can use his prior Premier League experience to help the team avoid relegation after helping Watford avoid the drop in the second half of the 2017–18 season. The following season, Gracia led Watford to their highest-ever top-flight finish of 11th place while also guiding them to the FA Cup final.
Although Gracia has yet to take charge of team practice for Leeds, the Whites are optimistic that the Spaniard will receive his work permit in time to manage the match against Southampton on Saturday. Gracia faced Southampton in his first game in charge of Watford, a game he unfortunately lost 1-0 in the FA Cup.
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After Nathan Jones was fired, Southampton’s interim manager Ruben Selles raised his chances of becoming the club’s permanent manager by leading the Saints to an outstanding 1-0 away victory over Chelsea the previous weekend. Southampton’s three-game losing streak came to an end thanks to a signature James Ward-Prowse free kick, but the victory was insufficient to lift Southampton off the bottom of the league; they remain three points outside of safety.
But Selles has given his Saints team newfound confidence, and this weekend they will travel to Elland Road in search of their third away Premier League victory in four games. Southampton has performed significantly better away from home so far this season, earning 12 of their 18 points there, outpacing nine other teams in the top tier, including Liverpool (11).
Leeds United vs Southampton Game Information
- Date: 02/25/2023
- Time: 10:00 AM ET
- Location: Elland Road, Leeds.
- How to Watch: Leeds vs Southampton USA Network
- Live Stream: fubo.tv
Leeds vs Southampton Betting Lines
Leeds is +100 according to our Vegas Premier League Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $100.On the other side, Southampton is +280 according to the Vegas Premier League Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $280.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines has Leeds at a 50.00% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Southampton has 26.32% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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