Leeds United v Barnsley - MATCH THREAD
14 Jul 2020 04:34 pm, by Ellandback1
Leeds United v Barnsley FC
Thursday 16th July at 17.00 pm | Elland Road
Top of the Championship Leeds entertain relegation threatened Barnsley on Thursday tea time, as the Whites look to move within a point of automatic Promotion. The Tykes are not going to make life easy for Bielsa's men - not only is it a local derby, but Barnsley, who are fighting for their lives, have only lost once since the season restarted and have picked up valuable wins against QPR and Blackburn in recent games.
Leeds have been dealt a major blow after it was revealed that Kalvin Phillips is likely to miss the rest of the season. Phillips played the second half of Sunday’s win at Swansea City with heavy strapping on his left leg, and was expected to be fit for Barnsley's visit, However, Bielsa has now confirmed, in his pre match press conference that he has not recovered in time! Ben White is expected to deputise. The 24 year old defensive midfielder has been instrumental in ensuring the Whites have kept twenty clean sheets so far this term, four more than their closest rivals Fulham. With White stepping into Phillips shoes, we can expect to see crowd favourite Gaetano Berardi partner Liam Cooper at centre back.
Kiko Casilla's is once again, available for selection. The former Real Madrid shot stopper was given an eight game ban after an FA investigation found him guilty of using racist language towards Charlton loanee Jonathan Leko. However, the Spaniard will likely have to make do with a place on the bench as 20 year old Illan Meslier has impressed between the sticks and made the number one jersey his own.
Leeds Starting XI
Meslier, Ayling, Berardi, Cooper, Dallas, White, Klich, Harrison, Costa, Roberts, Bamford
Subs: Casillia, Casey, Douglas, Struijk, Stevens, Shackleton, Alioski, Poveda, Hernandez