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After Jesse Marsch and Leeds United avoided relegation last season, expectations are high. Pressure to keep the Premier League safe has been replaced by pressure for signings to work after being heavily backed by the board over the summer. Leeds United have added six new players led by Brenden Aaronson, Luis Sinisterra and Tyler Adams. They will have the difficult role of keeping the team going following the departures of Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha but while much will be different for Leeds United, some will remain the same.

Players can change but the press will remain as Marsch keeps the core dynamic honed under Marcelo Bielsa intact. Leeds’ summer business has been in direct contrast to Wolves’. Bruno Lage needs offensive reinforcements after his side only managed 38 goals last season but instead Fabio Silva was loaned to Belgium and Nathan Collins was the only signing. Collins was a strong defender with Burnley who will soften the blow of Romain Saiss’ loss but he cannot be responsible for putting the ball in the net.

There’s a lot of pressure on attacking Pedro Neto, Daniel Podence and Morgan Gibbs-White, all of whom have performed well at lightning speed but have not pulled it all together for a full season due to injuries and youth. Can they start the season on a positive note as Leeds are suspect defensively?

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How to see and odds

  • date: Saturday 6 August | time: 10 p.m. ET
  • location: Elland Road – Leeds, West Yorkshire
  • TV/live stream: peacock
  • Opportunities: Leeds United +128; Draw +235; Wolverhampton Wanderers +215 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

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Leeds United: Marsch has some selection issues. Stuart Dallas and Luke Ayling are long-term absentees and neither will be there this month as Dallas is likely to be out until after the World Cup. Junior Firpo and Lusis Sinesterra are making progress but Firpo is a few weeks away while Sinesterra could likely return to training next week. The biggest mistake will be heart defense Liam Cooper, who still carries an Achilles injury from the offseason. He’s not currently in first-team training but Marsch hopes he’s not too far out. Daniel James will also miss the game due to a suspension from last season. These absences will make Marsch team selection difficult, but that’s why it’s important for the team to have depth now, as these many doubts would have crippled them in the past.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Lage’s already short attack is not helped by injuries to Adama Traore and Raul Jimenez. Back from Barcelona, ​​Traore is out with a hamstring injury while Jimenez is struggling with an MCL injury. Without a traditional striker, Neto and Podence share the burden in attack, but the team usually struggle to score when Jimenez is unavailable. They also fight with him though, so it’s not just the absence. Nelson Semedo will also be absent but Wolves have plenty of defensive depth to deal with his absence.


This game could go a few different ways, but I expect more from a free-flowing game than the standard Wolves performances. It wouldn’t be shocking if this game produced the most goals of the day. Choose: Leeds United 2, Wolves 2

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