Leeds United v Wolves - MATCH THREAD - Cooper pulls up during warm up!

16 Oct 2020 04:31 pm, by Ellandback1


Leeds United v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Monday 19th October 8.00pm| Elland Road | Live on Sky Sports


Wolves are the visitors to Elland Road on Monday following the two week International break during which the Whites saw two key players pickup injuryies. Liam Cooper (Scotland) and Diego Llorente (Spain) both picked up groin strains, Cooper had passed a fitness test and was due to start but pulled up during the warm up. Pascal Struijk looks set to step into the centre of devence alongside Robin Koch. Lorente will have to wait at least two weeks to make his Leeds debut.

Leeds currently occupy 8th place in the Premiership, with 2 wins a draw and a defeat on the opening day of the season against Championship Liverpool. The Whites would love to collect another 3 points making it 10 from 15, moving them up to thirn in the table but will need to overcome Wolves. Nuno Espirito Santo's side sit 5 places below Leeds with 2 victories and two defeats.

Veteran midfielder Pablo Hernandez has recovered from injury, and will return to the squad, he will feature on the bench alongside Tyler Roberts and Raphinha. Rodrigo gets the nod up front after an impressive second half performance against Manchester City. Are Hernandez opportunities going to be limited this season? Does he have more of an impact coming on, with 30 minutes left? Marcelo Bielsa has given a strong hint that new signing Raphinha will be in the squad on Monday when quizzed earlier.

I think so. It’s difficult to say three days from the game because many things can happen, but if it was today he would be in the group. His adaptation has been very quick, instant. For this, I thank Victor Orta for a player who can adapt very easily to our style of play.

Nuno Espirito Santo has revealed Fernando Marcal is back in group training though is not fit enough to make the side. Wolves had to wait on Covid-19 tests for goalkeeper Rui Patricio, full-back Nelson Semedo, midfielders Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho and forward Daniel Podence who had all been away with Portugal, for whom Cristiano Ronaldo this week tested positive for Covid-19. All have been given the all clear and will feature.




The two sides have faced each other 97 times in the past, Leeds coming away with 42 victories to Wolves 33 victories. The sides last met during the 2017-2018 Championship season when Wolves won promotion to the Premier League. Wolves took the spoils on both occasions with a 4-1 victory at home and a 3-0 victory at Elland Road. Wolves have won just two of their nine Premier League games played on a Monday (D2 L5), beating Crystal Palace 2-0 in July and Sheffield United 2-0 in September of this year. Monday will be Leeds United's thirteenth home appearance on Monday night football in the Premier League, they’ve won 7, drawn 3 and lost 2. Most recent was a 3-2 win at home to Leicester City in April 2004.


Leeds Starting XI
Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Struijk, Dallas, Phillips, Costa, Rodrigo, Klich, Harrison, Bamford

Subs: Poveda, Alioski, Roberts, Casilla, Dias Belloli, Hernández, Shackleton

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CHAPELALLMAN wrote on 21 Oct 2020 09:15 am

Byebyegeegee wrote: Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:27 am Wolves’ performance is a blueprint for a lot of other teams we will play this season, i.e. they will sit back and defend in numbers for most of the match and try to hit us on the counter. Then for 25 or so minutes at sometime during the game (in this case just after halftime) they will step it up, put us on the back foot and probably score, because we are still trying to attack in numbers.

Conclusion - we must learn how to score (hopefully more then one goal) against packed defences and be more clinical with our chances/half chances because we are not going to change our all out attacking style.
I don't think it's a case of learning - Harrison and Bamford have had 1.5 seasons now to learn how to attack packed defences. All to no avail. We now need a change of personnel for players who have the technique and ability to deal with defences that sit deep. Costa at least has some pace.

It's not by chance that our best games are always against attack minded sides.

1964white wrote on 21 Oct 2020 06:17 am

I personally think Jack Harrison hasn't got the positional nous to play as a LWB, he often gets caught out when assisting Stuart Dallas

Leif Davis would be our best option if Dallas has to play elsewhere

Don't even go there with Alioski at LB especially at PL level

Smudge3920 wrote on 20 Oct 2020 08:31 pm

Cjay wrote: Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:24 pm What about Harrison as a full back?

Ive long held this belief that is where he will end up. Largely because he reminds me of Dallas.

We spent years waiting for Dallas to find some consistency in his end product, his biggest asset was his energy. Eventually it became apparent that Dallas would never make it as a winger.

But his energy and ability to follow instructions gave him a career as a fb where end product is much less necessary.
Interesting thought CJ...

CHAPELALLMAN wrote on 20 Oct 2020 08:20 pm

Cjay wrote: Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:24 pm What about Harrison as a full back?

Ive long held this belief that is where he will end up. Largely because he reminds me of Dallas.

We spent years waiting for Dallas to find some consistency in his end product, his biggest asset was his energy. Eventually it became apparent that Dallas would never make it as a winger.

But his energy and ability to follow instructions gave him a career as a fb where end product is much less necessary.
Interesting idea - though it's ironic that at the moment our best crosses tend to come from our FBs

Lumiukko wrote on 20 Oct 2020 08:03 pm

Last night's game would have been a better game to have Rodders as #9 and Bamford either at #10 or prefrably on the bench. Rodrigo has the control and movement which would have been better leading the line against a packed defence. Still think Bamford has his place playing against teams that like to attack us but he doesn't have the attributes to play against teams that defend deep.