Swansea City v Leeds Utd - MATCH THREAD
10 Jul 2020 02:43 pm, by Ellandback1
Swansea City v Leeds Utd
Sunday 12th July at 13.30pm | Liberty Stadium
Leeds make the 275 mile trip to the Liberty Stadium on Sunday lunchtime hoping they can replicate the form of midweek. The Whites currently sit top of the Championship, clear of the Baggies on goal difference and three points clear of Brentford. The Bee's significant goal difference means Bielsa's men need seven points from their remaining four games to win Promotion back to the Premiership after sixteen years of hurt.
Bielsa will be hoping that Leeds trip to Wales will be more rewarding than their last one. A fortnight ago, the Whites were the visitors to Swansea's bitter rivals Cardiff City where they lost, even though they dominated for large periods of the game. Back to back victories for the Swans against Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham have lifted Steve Cooper's men within a point of sixth place Cardiff City. With the Bluebirds facing a tricky tie at Fulham on Friday evening, Swansea will be desperate to get something out of Sundays game to boost their playoff hopes.
Bielsa must decide whether to stick to the same starting XI that destroyed Stoke City midweek, or bring in some new faces to keep the squad fresh. Pablo Hernandez faces his old team whilst Leeds face former loanee Matt Grimes and last Summer targets Rhian Brewster and Freddie Woodman who are on loan at the Liberty Stadium from Liverpool and Newcastle respectively. There are no new injury worries for the Whites whilst Swansea will once again be without Ben Wilmot and Joe Rodon, although Jordon Garrick is available again after serving a three-match suspension.
When the two teams met way back in August the Swans headed back to South Wales with all three points after Wayne Routledge's late goal secured a sensational victory at Elland Road. Routledge struck in the 90th minute to maintain Swansea's unbeaten start under Steve Cooper and inflict Leeds' first defeat of the season. Marcelo Bielsa's side dominated but their finishing let them down. Leeds will be hoping for a reverse in fortunes this weekend which a chance to put some clear air between themselves and second place West Brom following their draw with Blackburn on Saturday.
Leeds Starting XI
Meslier, Ayling, White, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Harrison, Costa, Roberts, Bamford
Subs: Miazek, Berardi, Douglas, Struijk, Bogusz, Shackleton, Alioski, Poveda, Hernandez