Leeds Utd v Man City - MATCH THREAD

01 Oct 2020 08:31 am, by Ellandback1


Leeds Utd v Manchester City

Saturday 3rd October 2020 17:30 | Elland Road | Live on Sky Sports Main Event


Leeds participate in their first 'War of the Roses' (in the league) for 16 years as they entertain the blue side of Manchester for what promises to be an explosive affair, Saturday tea-time at Elland Road. Still outraged from their 5-2 thumping against Leicester, City boss Pep Guardiola will be 100 percent focused on three points, even if it is against his old friend and mentor Marcelo Bielsa. To make matters worse Pep faces an injury crisis.

Aymeric Laporte, Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo and Sergio Aguero are all ruled out whilst Ilkay Gundogan, Aleks Zinchenko and John Stones face late fitness tests. Leeds will be without in-form winger Jack Harrison as Premier League rules state you can't play against your parent club in the top tier. However, if the sides faced each other in the FA Cup, the 23 year old would have been allowed as they have a different set of rules! Ezgjan Alioski is set to come in to replace Harrison.

With Pablo Hernandez injured for another week Bielsa's bug question in the No 10 role is Roberts or Rodrigo. Despite the Spanish international's good second half performance against Sheffield United it's Roberts who gets the nod again. There were rumours ahead of the game that Liam Cooper was injured, but those look to be unfounded as he takes his place in the starting eleven alongside Robin Koch. Diego Llorente will have to wait for his first start as he makes the bench. Some had thought Bielsa's latest signing may slot into a back three but it is not to be.




This is the first competitive meeting between the teams since 2013, when City won 4-0 at home in an FA Cup tie. The most recent encounter at Elland Road ended 2-1 to Leeds in the Premier League in March 2004. Manchester City have beaten Leeds in only two of the seven Premier League away fixtures, losing five times. The Whites have won 14 of their past 17 league matches, keeping clean sheets in 11 of those victories. The eight goals scored by Leeds equals the record for a promoted side after three games, last set by Bolton Wanderers in 2001.

Manchester City could lose successive league fixtures for the first time since December 2018. They have won three successive Premier League away matches, by an aggregate score of 12-1. City's solitary defeat in their past 31 top-flight meetings with promoted teams came at Norwich in September last year. They let in five goals against Leicester last time out, matching the total tally they had conceded in the previous 11 league games. It was the first time a Pep Guardiola team had conceded five times - in his 686th match as a manager - and the first time in 12 years that City had let in five goals.


Leeds United Starting XI
Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Costa, Klich, Roberts, Alioski, Bamford

Leeds Subs: Caprile, Llorente, Struijk, Shackleton, Davis, Poveda, Rodrigo

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rab_rant wrote on 05 Oct 2020 07:09 pm

There is a lovely little detail about game management.
After DAVE scores Lord Bamford picks up the ball from
the back of the net and runs away with it towards the
celebrating Leeds players (seen at 0:24 sec on the video.
We then see a Citeh player sprinting after him cos Leeds
have scored on 88min and Citeh need the ball to get the
game started again. The Citeh player knocks the ball out
of Bamford's hand... but good on Lord Bamford to run
the clock down and take the sting out of the game.

rab_rant wrote on 05 Oct 2020 06:27 pm

DAVE's post match interview.

rab_rant wrote on 05 Oct 2020 06:18 pm

Rodrigo goal from all angles.

Smudge3920 wrote on 05 Oct 2020 06:13 pm

After watching all the highlights again this morning... without doubt all the goals scored are good to see, but lets be honest they come in lop sided games... the game of the week end had to be Leeds V citeh... A great tactical match up of manager's, excellent play by both side's, citeh created more chances but we had 7 on target as opposed to citeh's 2... A fair result and we could have won it (if we had villians luck this week end :lol: )... seriously a great game, I would rather watch a game like this than a one sided blow out.

faaip wrote on 05 Oct 2020 11:16 am

rab_rant wrote: Mon Oct 05, 2020 5:29 am the abiding image that I have is of Bielsa crouching down at the end of the game in the rain thinking about what he has just seen, and in the post-match interview Pep is asked what did Bielsa ask you at the end of the game?

he replied that he was bewildered by what he had just seen and would need time to process it.

for both teams the game seemed to ebb and flow between chaos and order, and this made it difficult for both managers to make any coherent analysis.

you only have to look at Mendy who was imperious against Costa, yet when Proveda came on he was run ragged and had to be substituted... order descended into chaos.

The game at this point resembled a game of chess and Bielsa made a stunning move by switching Costa to the left and putting Proveda on the right, and from that point onwards in chess terms Leeds were threatening checkmate, and chaos had swung to order.

But like in all great chess games when under attack you have to improve your defense and this is what happened with the introduction of Fernandinho. Pep had become Boris Spassky against Bielsa's lunatic Bobby Fischer in the classic Icelandic chess game to become The Grandmaster of the world.

Fischer played the Sozin Attack against Spassky's Sicilian Defense, and near the end Spassky developed a strong kingside attack, but failed to convert it into a win, the game ending in a draw.

Fisher went on to win the tournament and the maverick became the grand master. it would not surprise me in the least if El Loco did something similar in the premier League. This game was only a taster of the games that are about to come and the amazing checkmates that Bielsa will perform.
Just about to post the same thing..verbatim. Beaten to it again :tup: