Leeds Utd v Bristol City Match Thread
13 Feb 2020 09:56 am, by Ellandback1
Leeds Utd v Bristol City
Saturday 15th February 2020 15:00 | Elland Road
Bristol City are the visitors to Elland Road on Saturday as Leeds look to try and put some distance between themselves in 2nd place, and the chasing pack. The Whites currently occupy the second automatic promotion place, ahead of Fulham on a goal difference of just three. Should Leeds falter, any of the next 5 play off hopefuls (Bristol City included) could theoretically overtake Leeds for the first time since October (although Preston would need to overturn a seven goal goal difference and the Robins would need to beat Leeds by eight).
Leeds will be without Adam Forshaw for the rest of the season. The 28yo has travelled to the States to have an operation on his hip. Tyler Roberts remains on the treatment table too. Leeds will be relieved to have Kalvin Phillips back at the heart of their midfield. The 24yo was inspirational for the Whites midweek at Griffin Park following his 3 match suspension. You never know, maybe the rest did him good? Bielsa has two tough decisions to be made at both ends of the pitch. Casilla has been out of form since mid December, and after his unforgivable error against the Bees midweek, will the Argentine hand French U20 International Meslier his league debut?
Bristol City will select from the same squad that beat Derby on Wednesday. Nahki Wells, Markus Henriksen and Filip Benkovic all made their first starts in the 3-2 home win over the Rams. The two sides faced each other on the opening day of the season when Leeds took all three points with a 3-1 victory at Ashton Gate. Pablo Hernandez, Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison scored the goals on that occasion. Leeds also came away victors both times the teams met last season with a 2-0 victory at Elland Road and 1-0 win in Bristol.
Leeds have lost just one of their last 15 league games against Bristol City (W12 D2 L1), winning the last three in a row. Bristol City have lost seven of their last eight away games against Leeds (D1) in all competitions since a 3-1 win in November 1979. During his league managerial career, Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has only lost more games against Preston (9) and Wolves (6) than against Leeds (5). Pablo Hernandez has been directly involved in seven goals in six league appearances against Bristol City for Leeds United (three goals, four assists).
Leeds Starting XI
Casilla, Ayling, White, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Harrison, Costa, Hernandez, Bamford
Subs: Meslier, Douglas, Alioski, Berardi, Shackleton, Roberts, Augustin