Leeds without trio for trip to Goodison Park

27 Nov 2020 08:41 am, by Ellandback1

Good Morning. It's Friday 27th November, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...

Trio missing for trip to Goodison

Hernandez (muscular), Llorente ( and Shackleton (quad) have all been rules out of playing against Everton tomorrow teatime due to respective injuries. The news came from Bielsa when giving his pre-match press conference yesterday from Elland Road.

We can expect to see a similar starting XI that were unlucky not to take all three points against the Gunners last weekend. Bielsa will have to decide whether to start the game with Rodrigo, or bring him on as an impact sub. Personally, I feel he did enough to secure a starting slot against the Toffee's. Costa will be in contention for a recall having scored a wonder goal for the U23's midweek, as they came from behind to beat West Brom 2-1 at Thorp Arch. Will Bielsa give Raphinho his second start of the season, or revert back to Costa?

Meanwhile, Everton will be without highly influential full-back Lucas Digne. The 27yo picked up an inkle injury midweek in training, ruling himself out for two months.

Bielsa's pre-match Press conference

Bielsa - Tier 3 clubs are being penalised

Marcelo Bielsa has criticised the Governments handling of the regionalised tiered return of football fans! The veteran Manager believes the move to allow clubs in tiers one and two to let in a limited number of supporters will 'penalise' clubs in the highest tier like Leeds. Bielsa said...

It shouldn't be about the category, or the consequences of being in a category, it should be about trying to maintain the competition as equal as possible with things that are controllable. The presence of fans has an effect on the results.
What the organisation says is people who are from places where there's a higher risk of infection, it means they will be penalised.

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John in Louisiana wrote on 27 Nov 2020 04:47 pm

Thanks to one and all for not blaming me for the lack of fans. My first-ever game, after all, was the last before the shutdown. I'm with Bielsa on this: all clubs should have to abide by the same set of rules.

Disappointed Llorente is still unavailable. Very impatient to see him play.

andrewjohnsmith wrote on 27 Nov 2020 04:18 pm

The fans by Tier is utter bullshit. I'm not saying Leeds should have fans back because I do believe the virus is serious and don't think fans should be back in stadiums until its safe to do so.

I understand that the FA has taken infection rates by region as a guide to who can have fans back but it's an unfair system that wrongly punishes some clubs. If some cities can't have fans back then nobody should have fans back.

Byebyegeegee wrote on 27 Nov 2020 02:32 pm

Shame about Pablo, Llorente and Shacks but so long as Kalvin is available we should be ok - think we missed him badly against Leicester and CP.

Once again this tier system has a north/south divide look about it and guess which part of the country is getting the rough end of the stick! As Bielsa has intimated, to be scrupulously fair, no team should be allowed to have a home crowd advantage, no matter how small, until all teams are allowed the same advantage, and I agree with him.

Ratscoot wrote on 27 Nov 2020 01:20 pm

DavidH wrote: Fri Nov 27, 2020 11:53 am I was thinking about the crowds into grounds thing, and it occurred to me that if you support a team who's fans are not allowed to attend, and your team plays against a team that is - for example WBA v Leeds, is the home team getting an added advantage by having it's fans in the ground to cheer them on? Imagine if it was the other way around. Would the fanatical support at Elland Road, be declared unfair to those who would visit without fans?
It’s WB mate they may as well not have a crowd there :lol: :lol:

Fridge wrote on 27 Nov 2020 01:09 pm

Ellandback1 wrote: Fri Nov 27, 2020 8:41 am
Llorente ha[s] been ruled out of playing against Everton tomorrow teatime due to respective injuries.
Llorente? Who's that?????

I hope he can play CB :)