Wolves v Leeds Utd Match Thread - Roberts in for Alioski, Llorente makes the bench

17 Feb 2021 01:50 pm, by Ellandback1

Friday 19th February 8.00pm | Molineux Stadium

Leeds travel down to the Black Country on Friday evening, hoping to bounce back from last weekends defear to Arsenal. Nuno Espirito Santo's side fought back from 1-0 down at St Mary's Stadium last Sunday to leave the South Coast with all three points. This leaves Leeds one place, and two points above Wolves in the top flight, with a game in hand. Bielsa's side currently occupy 11th place, having picked up 32 points from their 23 games. Wolves have won their last four games against Leeds, including a 1-0 win at Elland Road earlier in the season when Raul Jimenez’s 70th minute shot took a cruel deflection off Kalvin Phillips. The Whites have won 10 Premier League games this term, one fewer than the champions Liverpool.

Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo have both been ruled out of tonight's mid table Premiership clash at the Molineux whilst Gaetano Berardi, Adam Forshaw, Ian Poveda and Robin Koch all remain sidelined. Diego Llorente has returned to training and he is available for selection and will start on the bench. Ever present Mateusz Klich, who played against the Gunners with a hip injury, has recovered and will keep his place in midfield alongside Tyler Roberts. Pascal Struijk starts, but is it alongside Liam Cooper in defence or in the defensive midfield role? Jamieshackleton also keeps his place, where he plays will be dependant on where Struijk starts. Stuart Dallas looks to revert to left wing back position, with the unenviable role of marking Wolves power house Adama Traore.

Wolves will be without the services of Daniel Podence, Willy Boly and Jimenez as Nuno Espírito Santo's team are looking to complete the double for the first time this season! Wolves have won their past four league matches against Leeds, scoring nine goals and conceding just once. They are unbeaten in the eight most recent top-flight home meetings, winning five and drawing three. Wolves have won twice in three league matches, as many victories as they had in their previous 14 attempts. Wolves haven't opened the scoring in any of their past 14 league fixtures. Ruben Neves has scored four goals in seven Premier League appearances in 2021, having failed to find the net in his 34 league games last year.

Leeds are one victory shy of 200 in the Premier League. They have only kept one clean sheet in their past seven league matches. Leeds have won six of their past seven Premier League away matches played outside London. Patrick Bamford has scored six goals in five appearances for Leeds on a Friday. Eight of Bamford's 12 Premier League goals this season have come away.

Leeds Starting XI
Meslier, Ayling, Struijk, Cooper, Dallas, Shackleton, Klich, Harrison, Roberts, Raphinha, Bamford

Subs: Casilla, Alioski, Llorente, Davis, Costa, Jenkins, Huggins, Hernandez, Gelhardt

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gessa wrote on 22 Feb 2021 11:22 pm

SG90 wrote: Sat Feb 20, 2021 8:38 am Why were Wolves given a goal kick for Coady heading Roberts' shot when we were in an attacking position?
Ex ref Mark Halsey says he was baffled by the decision to give Wolves the ball, not just us then.

DavidH wrote on 20 Feb 2021 11:16 am

LUFC 1966 wrote: Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:29 am same with Cooper isn't it. Struijk missed 3 attacking headers in a game and you read he is young and learning . Cooper misses 2 and he is back to being league one Liam. defensively he was sound last night and that is his job
Agree with this. Certain of our players are judged more by their past than their current performances. Bamford was a case in point. Was said on here many times that he would never make the Premiership standard. Cooper, Ayling, Harrison, Dallas, Shackleton and Klich lately, have all been suggested as offload candidates at the end of the season, following an off game or two. There's not a team in the Premiership in which every player performs to their 100% max every game,

eastyorkshirewhite wrote on 20 Feb 2021 10:44 am

As regards to time wasteing in the modern yes we all hate it.But if people can cast their minds back when Leeds were the masters of it in fact would go to say think we started it.As for the goal if Ayling has used his brain and took Traore out just before he started his run inside the chance would have gone.I know it,s not in a sporting way but when needs must do it.

LUFC 1966 wrote on 20 Feb 2021 10:29 am

Chilli D wrote: Sat Feb 20, 2021 8:48 am I thought Shackleton had a good game as well but there's certain people on here who look to criticise him at every opportunity.

same with Cooper isn't it. Struijk missed 3 attacking headers in a game and you read he is young and learning . Cooper misses 2 and he is back to being league one Liam. defensively he was sound last night and that is his job

CHAPELALLMAN wrote on 20 Feb 2021 10:19 am

1964white wrote: Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:18 am My text to my Leeds pals on whatsapp when our subs `were being made.

"Here come Abbot & Costello"