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