West Brom v Leeds Utd - Match Thread

28 Dec 2020 09:16 am, by Ellandback1

Tuesday 29th December 18:00| The Hawthorns

Leeds will be hoping they can build on their victory over Burnley on Sunday, as the Whites travel down to the Midlands to play West Brom Tuesday teatime live on Amazon Prime Video. Leeds will be without central defender Diego Llorente. The 27 year old aggravated his leg injury a day after returning to Leeds first team training. Being that Bielsa is not fond of shuffling the pack, we suspect the Argentine will select the same team that edged past Burnley. This will mean playing Ayling and Struijk playing in central defence, but with West Brom playing just one up front it could mean Kalvin Phillips steps back into the Defensive Midfield role.

West Brom will be full of confidence having held the mighty Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Sunday evening. This is another test for the Baggies defence, because you just know that Leeds will come at them in waves. Unfortunately for the Baggies, they have only won once this season, lying in 19th place (out of 20) with just eight points. Leeds rose to 12th place after their victory over the Clarets, with 20 points. Both Leeds and West Brom share an unwanted statistic. Both teams have conceded 30 goals, more than any other team in the top flight. Injured Baggies trio Hal Robson-Kanu, Kyle Bartley and Conor Townsend all look set to miss out.

The two sides have faced each other in the Championship in the last two seasons. West Brom 4-1 victors at The Hawthorns in November 2018 with Leeds reclaiming brgging rights with a 4-0 victory in the return fixture at Elland Road. Last season again saw Leeds the victors at Elland Road with a 1-0 victory whilst in the Midlands the teams played out a 1-1 draw back in January. In add odd piece of symmetry Leeds' first and last games of 2020 will have been against West Brom.

West Brom are without a win in their last five league matches, drawing two and losing three. They have conceded eight goals in their past two Premier League home games. The Baggies have had just six shots in their two league fixtures under Sam Allardyce; whilst Leeds have had 28 shots in the same period. Allardyce has won just one of his four home games against Leeds in all competitions, drawing one and losing two.

Leeds have won two of their last three league matches. They have scored eight goals in those three fixtures, as many as their previous seven top-flight matches. Their last five Premier League games have featured 23 goals in total. Leeds have had six shots or more in all but one of their 116 games in all competitions under Marcelo Bielsa. Patrick Bamford has scored 10 goals in 15 Premier League games for the Whites this season - the most by a player from a newly-promoted club since Kevin Phillips's 13 for Sunderland in 1999-2000.

Leeds Starting XI
Meslier, Dallas, Ayling, Struijk, Alioski, Phillips, Raphinha, Rodrigo, Klich, Harrison, Bamford

Subs: Casilla, Jenkins, Casey, Davis, Shackleton, Costa, Roberts, Hernandez, Poveda

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andrewjohnsmith wrote on 31 Dec 2020 12:25 am

Had some time to reflect on this one since I've been busy since the game ended.

Truly awesome to see the way we responded to a 48 hour turnaround. Our energy level was excellent, with the exact same starting 11. I thought there would be some rotation. But even though Alioski has come in for some criticism I knew his energy would make sure he wouldn't miss out. He scored a great goal and had a really good game despite never really being tested defensively.

There's not much to criticize as everyone had a pretty comfortable game. Strujik looked comfortable. Klich much more comfortable.

I was chuffed with our performance. But at the same time I was really disappointed that Brom just didn't seem to show up and give us a game. They gave us acres of space as they sat back and just made thing so easy. I think Ayling made a 50 yard run from the back at one point. Strujik - criticized for not being quick in distribution before - had tons of time to pick his passes. Obviously WBA don't have the energy levels that we do to deal with a short turnaround. Sam looked completely dejected.

Regardless of Brom's shittiness, great job by the Leeds boys

rab_rant wrote on 30 Dec 2020 06:35 pm

Alioski gives Kalvin a kiss at 3:25

rab_rant wrote on 30 Dec 2020 06:22 pm

I wonder what Bielsa was saying to spider boy when he just hoofed the ball into the air?

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1964white wrote on 30 Dec 2020 06:22 pm

gessa wrote: Wed Dec 30, 2020 5:54 pm Wonder what Bielsa was saying to Sammy Lee at the end of the game only thing I could make out was Lee nodding and saying thank you.
Bielsa had the conversation without his interpreter, I mean come on, I need an interpreter if I speak to a scouser
:rol: :rol: :rol:

faaip wrote on 30 Dec 2020 06:13 pm

I wonder what Rod and Raph were saying to Pascal halfway through the first half