Leeds United v Crystal Palace Match Thread - Unchanged starting XI, Joe Gelhardt makes the bench
06 Feb 2021 07:47 pm, by faaip
Monday 8th February 8.00pm | Elland Road
Leeds United take on Crystal Palace tonight at Elland Road. The reverse result at Selhurst Park back in November was perhaps one of the most disappointing performances of the season for Leeds United. It could have been a different story had the Video Assistant Referee not punished Patrick Bamford for daring to point where he wanted the ball played before lashing it into the back of Vicente Guaita’s goal, but it was not to be. But Leeds have moved on since that game back in November, Raphinha has become a regular in the side since then and looks more than at home in the Premier League. And whilst Leeds may have Raphinha avaialble tonight, palace are missing theirs in Wilfried Zaha.
Palace may have limped home against Newcastle last week after an early scare, but losing their top scorer Zaha with a hamstring in the process is a big blow. Palace are one dimensional without Zaha, they will try to play on the break like they usually do but, without Zaha, they just don't carry the same threat. Palace have also been without Wayne Hennessey, Nathan Ferguson and Connor Wickham for the majority of the season, with Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins and Jeffrey Schlupp recently joining them in the physio room. Hodgson's problems were compounded last week when James McArthur and James McCarthy also sustained injuries. Leeds United duo Rodrigo and Ian Poveda will be out of action for several weeks through injury.
Crystal Palace have lost on each of their past five trips to Elland Road in all competitions. The Eagles are looking to complete a first league double over Leeds since the 1985-86 season. Leeds have won eight of the past 10 meetings in all competitions, with the other two games drawn. The Whites are in danger of losing three consecutive home league games for the first time since October 2017. They have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their six competitive matches so far this calendar year. All three of Leeds' home wins have been against sides below them in the table. Leeds have lost both of their Monday league games this term, with both coming at home. Raphinha has contributed to four goals in his last three league games, with two goals and two assists.
Palace are looking to win three consecutive league matches for the first time since a four-game sequence last June. They have been beaten just twice in seven league fixtures, winning three times and drawing twice. Victory at Newcastle in midweek ended a four-match winless streak on the road. Palace are winless in their past eight Monday league games, drawing twice and losing on six occasions. Palace have lost 16 of the past 18 Premier League matches without Wilfried Zaha, winning the other two. Eberechi Eze has been involved in three goals in six appearances in 2021, with two goals and one assist.
Leeds United Starting XI
Meslier, Ayling, Struijk, Cooper, Alioski, Phillips, Dallas, Harrison, Klich, Raphinha, Bamford
Subs: Casilla, Creswell, Davis, Shackleton, Jenkins, Huggins, Costa, Roberts, Gelhardt