Leeds Utd v Huddersfield Town Match Thread - Phillips injured, Berardi in
05 Mar 2020 05:15 pm, by Ellandback1
Leeds Utd v Huddersfield Town
Saturday 7th March 2020 | 15.00 Elland Road
Second placed Leeds entertain West Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town at Elland Road on Saturday. Danny Cowley's men are in good recent form having beaten Bristol City 2-1, and thumping the Addicks 4-0, but still sit fifteen places below the Whites, and are four points from the drop zone.
Leeds Manager Marcelo Bielsa has a big decision to make up front. Patrick Bamford has scored 12 goals in 38 appearances in league and Cup competitions this season; but twice in his last 13, both against Millwall at the end of January!
With January's 20m rated Striker Jean-Kevin Augustin injured (now with a hamstring injury), Bielsa put his faith in Tyler Roberts. The 21 year old has had a torrid time with injuries since signing just over two years ago; but the Argentine's faith was rewarded when the Welsh International scored a brace having come on as a second half substitute against Hull last weekend.
Illan Meslier will continue between the sticks for at least the next seven games as Casilla serves out his eight game ban.
Back in December Leeds came away 2-0 winners
Leeds have lost their past two home league games against Huddersfield, although this is their first meeting at Elland Road since September 2016. Huddersfield have not won three consecutive away league games against Leeds since September 1930.
Leeds United are looking to win five consecutive league games without conceding for the first time since December 2009 under Simon Grayson. Huddersfield have not won three league games in a row since February 2017, when they won six in a row with one of those wins a Championship victory over Leeds United.
Leeds Starting XI:
Meslier, Ayling, Cooper, Berardi, Dallas, White, Costa, Hernandez, Klich, Harrison, Bamford
Phillips still suffering with his knock, Ben White pushes up into midfield. Roberts, Alioski, Shackleton and Douglas the likeliest options from the bench.