Should Marcelo Bielsa make changes for the Newcastle game?
15 Dec 2020 08:17 am, by YorkshireSquare
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Would you make changes for Wednesday?
Things are starting to look a bit nervy towards the bottom end of the Premier League table and defeat to Newcastle on Wednesday night could see the gap to thirteenth open up to six points. A victory however could see Leeds climb back above the Magpies. It’s not so much a must win game but a win would certainly settle the nerves following back to back defeats to West Ham and Chelsea. With the vulnerability at set pieces highlighted with ease by West Ham on Friday night and a lack of penetrating final ball up the other end of the pitch would you make any changes for Wednesday?
Luke Ayling has filled in well at centre back, but we lose his attacking threat when played in the middle. Could Pascal Struijk come into the defence instead, giving the team some much needed height at the back. Is Dallas better at left back than Alioski? Jamie Shackleton did little wrong in the second half on Friday, could he be in for a start? With a lack of final ball against the Hammers, Klich looking particularly out of sorts, would Pablo Hernandez make a difference? El Mago can create chances out of nothing after all!
Then again it was probably our strongest available eleven who started on Friday night.
Is Amazon Prime good for the game?
Wednesday nights game will be the first time this season Leeds United have appeared live on Amazon Prime. It’s one of two Leeds games on Prime this month, the second coming on 29th December against West Brom. Amazon’s coverage is different from the other broadcasters in that there are multiple live matches at once with fans able to select which match to watch. There is also options to view live stats and select highlights within moments of the action happening live. Is this more interactive way of watching football the future?
The ability to choose which game to watch also opens up future licencing models. The most popular teams could in future see an increase in broadcast revenues based on how many fans watch their games. This could be good for teams such as Leeds with large worldwide audiences. But is Amazon helping to usher in the future of live football or is it just another burned on the already overstretched wallets of football fans. With three subscriptions now required to watch all of your teams live games at nearly £60 a month is it all just getting a bit too much?
How many points from our next five games?
With the pressure on Leeds needs to start picking up points, but how many points do you think we will win from our next five games. It’s a mixed bag, starting with mid-table Newcastle United and Manchester United followed by two bottom of the table teams in Burnley and West Brom followed by current leaders Spurs. Victories against West Brom and Burnley are looking pretty vital given our position in the table but would 6 from 15 be enough? Are Newcastle and Manchester United there from the taking? Is 8 from 15 more achievable or can we dream of more?
16/12/2020 - Newcastle United (Pos 12, Pts 17)
20/12/2020 - Manchester United (Pos 8, Pts 20)
27/12/2020 - Burnley (Pos 17, Pts 9)
29/12/2020 - West Brom (Pos 19, Pts 6)
02/01/2021 - Tottenham (Pos 1, Pts 25)