Leeds Utd v Burnley Match Thread
24 Dec 2020 02:03 pm, by Ellandback1
Sunday 27th December 12:00pm | Elland Road | Live on Sky Sports
Leeds skipper Liam Cooper will miss the Christmas showdown when Burnley come to Elland Road this Sunday for a lunchtime kick off. Marcelo Bielsa had delivered some good news at his press conference earlier in the week advising that Diego Llorente was fit and seemed likely to start only his second match of his short Elland Road tenure. This is not the case though, the Spaniard does not even make the bench, with Pascal Struijk coming into the side to partner Luke Ayling in defence instead.
Llorente will be a miss with both Cooper and Koch out. The Spanish International got thrown in at the deep end at Stamford Bridge after just 5 minutes when Robin Koch was injured Even though he was not match fit at the time, his stats show what a shrewd purchase the former Real Sociedad player is. Llorente completed 100% of his sliding tackles against Frank Lampard’s side and won 80% of his aerial duels. His passing success for club and Country averages 90%. Not bad for a player who wasn't fully fit!
Marcelo Bielsa has no new injury concerns but both Phillips and Klich are a yellow card away from a one game ban, both were withdrawn at half time against Manchester United. Was that an entirely tactical decision or did Bielsa think it was more important they were both available to face Burnley?
Burnley wingers Dwight McNeil and Robbie Brady both face late fitness tests after picking up respective groin and hamstring knocks though Brady is expected to recover. Former Leeds target Matej Vydra, will miss the trip to Elland Road with a back injury, whilst long term absentee's Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Jack Cork remain side-lined.
Burnley started the season poorly but are currently on a good run, with two draws and two wins in their past four games. Leeds have lost five of their previous eight league games, winning twice and drawing once. There have been 22 goals scored in Leeds' past four fixtures - over five per game. Leeds know their strength is going forward, though, and they are not going to change. Leeds are unbeaten against sides currently below them in the table, winning twice and drawing once.
Chris Wood scored 24 goals in 44 appearances for Leeds prior to joining Burnley in 2017. Leeds' top scorer Patrick Bamford made six Premier League substitute appearances for Burnley in 2016-17. The Whites have conceded a league-high 30 goals. Games involved Burnley have produced a league-low 27 goals, with their tally of eight goals the division's joint lowest.
Leeds Starting XI
Meslier, Dallas, Ayling, Struijk, Alioski, Phillips, Raphinha, Rodrigo, Klich, Harrison, Bamford
Subs: Poveda, Roberts, Casilla, Costa, Hernandez, Davis, Shackleton, Jenkins, Casey