Luton Town v Leeds Utd Match Thread
19 Nov 2019 09:50pm, by Ellandback1
Luton Town v Leeds Utd
Saturday 23rd November 2019 15.00 | Kenilworth Road
Leeds revisit Kenilworth Road for the first time in over three years as they look to extend their unbeaten run to six games. The last time the two sides met was in the second round of the League Cup in August 2016 when the Whites were victorious courtesy of a Tyler Denton thunderbolt from the edge of the area. You have to go back over a decade to the 2007/08 season when the two sides last met, in league One. Leeds had the better of the spoils that season collecting 4 out of six points. Since then, Luton have endured what can only be considered a rollercoaster which included an unprecedented 30 point deduction, relegation from the Football League. They finally clawed their way back to the top 92 in 2015.
Tyler Denton gives Leeds a win in the League Cup last time the sides met back in 2016
Bielsa has a number of injury concerns but the news more positive following Thursdays press-conference. Liam Cooper has a chance of being available whilst Stuart Dallas is fine after international duty. No Eddie Nketiah but he should be back in full training next week. Jamie Shackleton is also close but has been out for a while so probably needs more time. Forshaw still out and there's no exact timescale on his return yet. Hernandez, Berardi and Douglas all completed 45 minutes of the 2-0 win on Monday for the U23's v Barnsley and will be available to start should Bielsa be tempted to change the starting line up!
Referee John Brooks will take charge of the Whites for the second time this season and fourth time in their history this weekend. In their past three games under Brooks, Leeds have failed to win a single encounter, stretching back almost two years including;
i) having their unbeaten run on the road being bought to an end at Charlton in September
ii) Christmas 2018 when Leeds lost 2-0 against Hull at Elland Road
iii) The Whites surrendered a one-goal lead to lose to Norwich in the penultimate match of the 2017-18 campaign
Leeds Starting XI
Casilla, Ayling, White, Berardi, Dallas, Phillips, Hernández, Klich, Roberts, Harrison, Bamford
Subs: Meslier, Douglas, Cooper, Alioski, Costa, Gotts, Clarke