Spurs v Leeds Utd Match Thread
01 Jan 2021 03:13 am, by Ellandback1
Saturday 2nd January 12:30pm | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium | BT Sport
Two of the most exuberant Managers come face to face this weekend when Jose Mourinho's Spurs entertain Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds. It will be a contrast of styles. Bielsa has been criticised in recent weeks for not being pragmatic and if Jose Mourinho is anything, it's pragmatic. His team bristling with attacking options but his playbook from the Stone Age. Spurs are certainly a more daunting prospect that West Brom or Burnley, but their last win came five games ago and Leeds will certainly fancy their chances against a team who sit back. Truth is though, with nine points already in the back over the last four games, if we get anything against Spurs it will be a bonus. Leeds will need a lucky break if they are to return from North London with three points. It has been three long years (9th Dec at QPR) since they last won in London, plus the chosen one has won all four of his previous meetings with Marcelo Bielsa
With Gareth Bale and Giovani Lo Celso sidelined through injury, and Lucas Moura and Carlos Vinicius major doubts, it could come down to a straight choice between Steven Bergwijn and Erik Lamela for the final place alongside Harry Kane and Son. Leeds midfielder Mateusz Klich will be assessed after sustaining a thigh injury during the 5-0 win at West Brom. Jamie Shackleton deputised against the Baggies and could be set to make his first Premier League start. Diego Llorente and Liam Cooper remain sidelined with Marcelo Bielsa expected to select the same defence that started against West Brom.
The sides have met three times in the FA Cup since Leeds were last in the Premier League. In 2010 Leeds earned a draw at White Hart Lane before Spurs won the replay 3-1 at Elland Road. The last times the sides met was in 2013 when Neil Warnock's Leeds sent Tottenham crashing out of the FA Cup with a famous fourth-round victory at Elland Road. Luke Varney ran clear to give the Championship side an early lead as Tottenham failed to convert a series of first-half chances. Ross McCormack made it 2-0 after more poor defending allowed him to turn inside Steve Caulker and slam home. Clint Dempsey headed home to give Spurs hope but substitute Jon Obika could not convert his chance to level late on.
Tottenham are unbeaten on the last four occasions that they have hosted Leeds (W3, D1). However, Leeds won 2-1 in the most recent encounter, an FA Cup fourth-round tie at Elland Road in January 2013. The teams have not met in the league since 2003-04, a season in which Spurs did the double over Leeds. Tottenham have gone four league matches without a win (D2, L2) - a fifth would be their longest such run under Jose Mourinho. Spurs could fail to score in successive Premier League home fixtures for the first time since 2015. Leeds are aiming for a third consecutive league victory, as well as a third clean sheet in a row. They have won four away games this season, one more than in their entire last Premier League campaign in 2003-04.
Leeds Starting XI
Meslier, Dallas, Ayling, Struijk, Alioski, Phillips, Raphinha, Rodrigo, Klich, Harrison, Bamford
Subs: Casilla, Jenkins, Casey, Huggins, Creswell, Shackleton, Costa, Hernandez, Poveda