Everton v Leeds Utd Match Thread - An open game in the early stages at Goodison Park

25 Nov 2020 05:43 pm, by Ellandback1

Saturday 28th November 17.30 | Goodison Park | Live on Sky Sports

Leeds will be hoping they can find their shooting boots for their second visit of the season to Merseyside, albeit the blue side. The Whites will be heartened having recorded twenty-four shots during their nil nil draw against Arsenal last weekend. Unfortunately, only four of these were on target. Alarmingly for Leeds, they have conceded seventeen goals this season from nine games. Only Fulham and West Brom have conceded more with eighteen in the against column.

Everton have not had things all their own way either. Their win against Fulham last weekend was their first points in four games having lost back to back games against Manchester Utd, Newcastle and Southampton. They have scored five more goals, and conceded one less than Bielsa's men. They currently occupy 5th place. The Leeds defence will have to be on their toes to keep striker Calvert-Lewin quiet. The 23-year-old has already netted 10 times this season, with a shot accuracy of 68%.

For Leeds Phillips and Raphinha look set to keep their places, whilst Bielsa must decide whether to promote Rodrigo to the starting line-up. Leeds have no fresh injury worries but the trio of Pablo Hernandez, Jamie Shackleton & Diego Llorente and remain out of contention. Everton left-back Lucas Digne requires surgery on an ankle ligament injury sustained during training and could miss up to three months. Captain Seamus Coleman is still sidelined with a hamstring problem, while Jean-Philippe Gbamin is a long-term absentee.

Leeds took victory in the League Cup third-round at Elland Road in September 2012, the most recent meeting between the two clubs. Patrick Bamford can match Thierry Henry's Premier League record of scoring in his club's first five away games of a season on Saturday. He can also become the first Leeds player to score in five successive away fixtures since Ian Lawson in 1963. Everton's win at Fulham last time out ended a run of three straight league defeats. They could lose successive home matches for the first time since September 2019.

Leeds Starting XI
Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Raphinha, Alioski, Harrison, Bamford

Subs: Casilla, Struijk, Davis, Rodrigo, Costa, Roberts, Poveda

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rab_rant wrote on 30 Nov 2020 02:22 pm

1964white wrote: Costa - Klich - Harrison

Not one goal between them in eight games

You hear of strikers having a goal drought but not the bulk of a teams midfield
Logically if your top goal scorer fails to get on the score sheet then it is a tall order to ask lesser mortals to accomplish a task that has proved too difficult for him.

Nothing to discuss here... move along quietly now... and remember regardless of our strike rate or where it comes from we have taken points off Manchester City and Arsenal as well as Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

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CHAPELALLMAN wrote on 30 Nov 2020 02:21 pm

Smudge3920 wrote: Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:12 pm What if Chelsea get Messi as is rumoured...should we just give the trophy to Chelski now?

Eddy Gray used to average 4 /5 goals a season... did he not contribute enough?

Paddy has had 2 disallowed lasyt couple of games...1 every one and his dog says never should have been declined , and the other he wasn't the one off side...

Just saying...
Eddy was injured most of the time...

CHAPELALLMAN wrote on 30 Nov 2020 02:19 pm

1964white wrote: Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:26 am Paddy is not the main problem, god knows where we'd be without him this season.

Klich needs to put his bootlaces through the ball
Jack needs to aim for the space beween the sticks
Costa needs to be a bit more clever
Alioski, Dallas, Phillips need to keep their body shape straighter rather than hit them high & wide
Koch, Cooper & Ayling need to win the ball in the air more often at corners & head on target

All of them are culpable for missing far too many chances!
I agree. Paddy has vastly improved this season so far in terms of his finishing, though if he is having a poor game I would like to see Rodrigo brought on instead. Surely coaching can help improve the finishing of the players you have mentioned ? Harrison seems to aim for the sticks....

CHAPELALLMAN wrote on 30 Nov 2020 02:15 pm

1964white wrote: Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:30 pm Costa - Klich - Harrison

Not one goal between them in eight games

You hear of strikers having a goal drought but not the bulk of a teams midfield

whiteswan wrote on 30 Nov 2020 10:37 am

faaip wrote: Sun Nov 29, 2020 3:17 pm Me, and that doesn't mean I'm wrong nor others who said Rodrigo must start.
Me too. I was hoping for Rodrigo to come on at half time.