Leeds Utd v Sheffield Wednesday Match Thread - Bamford & Douglas Start

08 Jan 2020 07:31 pm, by Ellandback1


Leeds Utd v Sheffield Wednesday

Saturday 11th January 2020 15.00 | Elland Road


Sheffield Wednesday are the visitors to Elland Road on Saturday as the Whites kick off 2020 hoping to stay top of the Championship.

Pablo Hernandez has recovered from injury, and has been working hard all week to build up his fitness. He is expected to at least make the bench. Jamie Shackleton is also on the comeback trail. The 20yo played thirty minutes for the U23's during their 5-0 demolition of Hull on Sunday evening. Both Luke Ayling and Patrick Bamford are also fit and healthy following Monday’s FA Cup tie against Arsenal whiclst Adam Forshaw will return to training next week. Bielsa is expected to drop Gotts, Stevens, Meslier and Berardi to the bench. Skipper Liam Cooper is expected to return to partner Ben White at centre back.

Garry Monks team had a torrid Christmas, losing games against Bristol City, Stoke, Cardiff and Hull which saw the Owls drop to 8th place in the table on 39 points. Their nosedive ended last weekend when they knocked the Seagulls out of the FA Cup. Garry Monk will be without revitalised striker man Steven Fletcher after he suffered a knee injury in the FA Cup win at Brighton. The 32 year old has been a vital presence up top for Wednesday, scoring 12 goals so far this term.




Last time out at Hillsborough in October the two sides played out a nil nil draw. Leeds are unbeaten in three league games against Sheffield Wednesday since losing 2-1 at Elland Road in March 2018. Sheffield Wednesday are without a clean sheet in their last 12 away league visits to Leeds since winning 2-0 in the Premier League in August 1996. Sheffield Wednesday have lost three consecutive league games - they last lost four in a row in November 2018. Sheffield Wednesday's Adam Reach netted in the FA Cup last weekend versus Brighton, ending a 17-game run without a goal.

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1964white wrote on 13 Jan 2020 12:32 pm

Smithy a Rotherham/closet Leeds fan is back, usually stands in the the away end at ER to capture the atmosphere from both sets of fans. On Saturday he managed to acquire a ticket in the East Stand.

I reckon he enjoyed chatting to the Sheffield lasses prior to the game, which young man wouldn't ?



Remember Smithy's excellent footage of the Leeds fans at Barnsley


1964white wrote on 13 Jan 2020 12:20 pm

Little Jack's usual home match blog

Always superb highlights footage from his phone.


dezzy wrote on 12 Jan 2020 11:42 pm

danhirons wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:12 pm
how can him being asked to do too much running be impacting his finishing ability? He typically plays the full 90 so you can't be saying he's tired when he's missing chances from the start of the game, imo he does a lot of pointless running (closing down the keeper etc.) and the midfielders will often be covering even more ground tracking back, at least PB gets a break when we're defending
Don’t get me wrong, some of his misses are very poor, he is weak at heading also and is not much of a threat on crosses, but you have to factor in the amount of work that a lone striker in this system does and it has to have an impact on his conversion rate, mental fatigue can come into play too, as putting the ball into the net isn’t his sole purpose on the pitch

danhirons wrote on 12 Jan 2020 11:12 pm

dezzy wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:13 pm
Interesting what you say about Bamford and I think your spot on, he is asked to do far too much work and it takes away from his finishing ability which on a whole this season has been very poor,
how can him being asked to do too much running be impacting his finishing ability? He typically plays the full 90 so you can't be saying he's tired when he's missing chances from the start of the game, imo he does a lot of pointless running (closing down the keeper etc.) and the midfielders will often be covering even more ground tracking back, at least PB gets a break when we're defending

faaip wrote on 12 Jan 2020 07:39 pm

He'd be a Dallas type number 10 unless played as a 10 in a 2 man strike force. Costa Hernandez Harrison and Roberts are all players I'd try in the 10 before Paddy...