Can Leeds United do the double over Everton?

03 Feb 2021 08:30 am, by YorkshireSquare

Good Morning. It's Wednesday 3rd February, and her are the latest questions for debate ahead of tonight’s game against Everton...

Can Leeds United do the double over Everton?

Leeds United can achieve their second double of the season tonight with victory over Everton having completed the feat for the first time back in the Premier League against Newcastle last week. The teams met at Goodison Park back in November when a 79th minute low, fizzing strike from Raphinha gave Leeds United a surprise victory. It was the Brazilian’s first goal for the club and Leeds first victory in four games.

Leeds had a bit of a wobble at the start of the year with defeats to Spurs and Brighton but have hit form again with back to back victories against Newcastle and Leicester. Everton have played the same teams themselves, beating Newcastle 2-1 and drawing with Everton 1-1. After setting the early pace Everton have faded, now eight in the table with just four more points that Leeds but having a game in hand.

Can Leeds achieve their second double of the season and beat Everton?

Who is Everton’s main threat?

Everton’s big summer was James Rodríguez from Real Madrid and the Columbian has certainly been key to a lot of the good things Everton have done. They have definitely missed him when he’s been out. But they are not a one-man team, with the likes of Brazilian Richarlison, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Licas Digne all contributing to their attacking threats. Their early success was spearheaded by Dominic Calvert-Lewin whose 11 goals this season were rewarded with an England call-up.

But the Sheffield born striker has not been so prolific recently, having not scored in his last seven league appearances. Eveton are also strong from set pieces with 11 of their goals this season having come from dead ball situations. Defenders Michael Keane and Yerry Mina, Mason Holgate have contributed six goals between them this season.

What do you rate as Everton’s main thread and who are the players we should look out for?

Will the new pitch be a big boost for Bielsa’s playing style?

Leeds United may not have brought in any new players this transfer window but they have made one very significant £300k investment! The state of the Elland Road pitch has been a big talking point this season, particularly after the Brighton game. The divots and slow surface are were not conducive to Bielsaball and it must have been of great frustration to Marcelo Bielsa himself. The state of the pitch was of such concern that Leeds took the decision to replace the playing surface in the break afforded by the postponement of the Southampton match.

The new hybrid HTPro surface had been grown for Spurs but they have not needed it this season as they have not had to retract their pitch due to the lack of NFL games. The replacement pitch will see Leeds through to the end of the season, when a full installation of a new pitch including drainage is still planned. Here is hoping that Tuesday’s snow has not hampered the settling in of the new pitch.

Do you think the old pitch hampered Leeds? Will we see Leeds playing faster, crisper Bielsaball now that the new surface has been installed?

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1964white wrote on 03 Feb 2021 06:20 pm

Smudge3920 wrote: Wed Feb 03, 2021 6:15 pm Pitch looks excellent (compared to what it was)... Deserves to be christened with a win...
Like it :)

Irish Ian wrote on 03 Feb 2021 06:20 pm

I think Everton will get the better of us tonight.

Smudge3920 wrote on 03 Feb 2021 06:15 pm

Pitch looks excellent (compared to what it was)... Deserves to be christened with a win...

Scoobychief wrote on 03 Feb 2021 02:43 pm

at least no excuses tonight, can't blame the pitch....

Leeds1000 wrote on 03 Feb 2021 12:44 pm

Tough game tonight. Everton are in that category... like a box of chocolates toffee's, you never no what your gonna get.

Said it before the first game they have spent more that anyone outside the top 6 so the pressure is all on them really. Taking that into consideration and depending on who plays, i see no reason why we can't get something positive from the game.

Some of their fans seem to suggest Everton are not that mobile and they don't like the press. Like most of our games if we are clinical in front of goal and cut out, defend dead ball plays well.. We should be ok. I also think the pitch could inspire us if it plays well.

The first game could have gone either way and i think this will be the same.