Leeds Utd v Millwall Match Thread - Poveda makes the bench for Leeds
23 Jan 2020 08:49 pm, by Ellandback1
Leeds Utd v Millwall
Tuesday 28th January 2020 19.45pm | Elland Road
Millwall are the visitors to Elland Road on Tuesday evening as the Whites look to put their disappointing start to the year behind them. Leeds currently sit in second place in the Championship, one point below West Brom and three points above 3rd place Fulham who have played an extra game. Lions Manager Gary Rowett has worked miracles with limited resources as his team from Bermondsey have clawed their way up to 8th place, just eight points behind the Whites. No Championship side have earned more points than Millwall (29 from 15 games) since Gary Rowett's first match in charge at the end of October.
Bielsa will be without the services of Kalvin Phillips as he starts the first of a three match suspension for his red card he collected last weekend at Loftus Road. Ben White will deputise with Gaetano Berardi deputising at centre back along side skipper Liam Cooper. The Swiss hard man has a point to prove with Millwall having been wrongly accused of fouling Tom Bradshaw in the box when the teams met last October. Not only did Bradshaw step up to put the penalty away, but Berardi got his marching orders and Leeds were down to 10 men for the majority of the game.
There good news on the injury front for Leeds United with the long break allowing time for Tyler Roberts and Jamie Shackleton to recover from their injuries. They will both be available for selection against Millwall, though there is still no news on Adam Forshaw’s potential return. Winger Ian Poveda has been training with the squad all week and could be in line for a place on the subs bench. Jean-Kévin Augustin put pen to paper on his Leeds loan move on Monday but possiblt too late to feature on Tuesday night, though Leeds fans will be hopefull to at least get a brief look at their exciting new striker.
Leeds have won six of their past seven home league matches against Millwall, losing the other match 4-3 in January 2018. The home side has won nine of the past 11 league meetings between Leeds and Millwall. Defeat against Millwall would see Marcelo Bielsa lose four consecutive games in all competitions for the first time since April 2015 with Marseille. Since and including their 3-3 draw at home to Cardiff on 14th December, Leeds have earned six points from seven matches; only Luton (1) have picked up fewer points over this period.
Leeds Starting XI:
Casilla, Dallas, Ayling, Cooper, Alioski, White, Costa, Klich, Hernández, Harrison, Bamford
Subs: Meslier, Poveda-Ocampo, Roberts, Struijk, Shackleton, Stevens, Casey