Southampton v Leeds Utd Match Thread - Casilla, Cooper and Rodrigo all start

17 May 2021 08:21 am, by Ellandback1



Tuesday 18th May 18:00 | St Mary Stadium

Leeds make the 250 mile trip to the South Coast to face Southampton at St Mary's on Tuesday evening to play in front of supporters for the first time since December. The Whites are in the form of their lives. If you excuse them for their last trip down to the South Coast (where they lost against Brighton 2-0), they have not lost since West Ham away in early March. Leeds are currently 10 points ahead of the Saints, and are separated by four places. Recent home wins against Fulham and Crystal Palace have elevated Ralph Hasenhüttl's team to 14th. Leeds will keep the pressure on Arsenal and Everton who are within striking distance with just two games left.

Leeds have no new injury doubts, though Marcelo Bielsa has released Robin Koch and Mateusz Klich early to prepare for the Euros. This means Stuart Dallas to the No 8 role with Rodrigo playing in the attacking midfield role. Tyler Roberts is on the bench alongside Pablo Hernandez who passed a late fitness test. Captain Liam Cooper returns to the heart of defence alongside Diego Llorente with Pascal Struijk dropping to the bench. A surprise change also sees Kiko Casilla starting between the sticks in place of Illan Meslier. Southampton are boosted by the news that Oriol Romeu could return after nearly three months out with an ankle injury. Defender Jan Bednarek is available again after missing the win over Fulham with a heel problem.




The teams last met back in February when the Whites ended up three nil winners. Patrick Bamford scored his 13th goal of the season to help Leeds end a run of back-to-back defeats, striking early in the second half, timing his run to perfection to beat offside and latch on to Tyler Roberts' through-ball before firing a low shot into the far corner. A neat Stuart Dallas finish from the edge of the box and Raphinha's superb free-kick sealed the points. Leeds are looking to complete a league double over Southampton for the first time since the 2005-06 Championship season. They last won both Premier League fixtures in a season against the Saints in 2001-02.

Southampton have won five of their last six home league games against Leeds, including the last three in a row. Leeds have won half of their 18 Premier League away games this season - they last reached double figures in a top-flight campaign back in 1973-74, when they won the title. They could become just the second side to finish a Premier League campaign with no away draws, emulating Tottenham in 2018-19. Leeds have won four of their five midweek league matches this season, including both away fixtures (5-0 v West Brom, 2-1 v Newcastle). The have scored a top-flight high of 13 goals from outside the penalty area this season.




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SG90 wrote on 19 May 2021 09:41 am

CHAPELALLMAN wrote: Wed May 19, 2021 8:36 am Personally I think that Cooper's time at the club is up. He will always be a liability if he becomes a 1st choice CB with those rash, hot headed challenges, not to mention the shirt pulling at set pieces. I would sooner see even Beradi kept as a squad player ahead of Cooper, with Cooper, Costa and Roberts sold in the summer. Cooper did a decent job for the club at championship level, but that should be the end of it.

Jack Harrison I can't decide about. I see that he went back to having an anonymous performance last night. And this at a time when he should be playing out of his skin in order to earn a permanent contract. Costa went over the edge of a cliff performance wise after he was signed permanently - I'm concerned that the same might happen with Jack.
I agree. Berardi is a much better defender than Cooper and has massively cleaned up his act in the discipline stakes.

mothbanquet wrote on 19 May 2021 09:14 am

Orange Box wrote: Wed May 19, 2021 7:48 am I did thanks, and somewhat surprisingly I am hangover free :) Really enjoyed myself, Leeds has some smashing pubs and everybody I encountered was COVID sensible. Going back over the border 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 today and hopefully the game taped so I can watch it properly.
Next time I’m down will catch a game live, I’ve missed that.
Glad you enjoyed yourself pal. I'm a country boy myself but always enjoyed going into Leeds down the years for whatever reason, whether a bit of shopping or on the lash. Top place. :tup:

Byebyegeegee wrote on 19 May 2021 08:52 am

It was a fairly even 1st half last night, could have gone either way. Then with those changes at half time I thought we’d given up on the game but how wrong I was, from the start of the 2nd half there was only going to be one winner. The man is a genius, simple as that!!!

CHAPELALLMAN wrote on 19 May 2021 08:36 am

Chilli D wrote: Wed May 19, 2021 8:16 am The reality is we have three CB's better than him now in our squad.
Another two rash clumsy tackles on the edge our box again which almost cost us.
Personally I think that Cooper's time at the club is up. He will always be a liability if he becomes a 1st choice CB with those rash, hot headed challenges, not to mention the shirt pulling at set pieces. I would sooner see even Beradi kept as a squad player ahead of Cooper, with Cooper, Costa and Roberts sold in the summer. Cooper did a decent job for the club at championship level, but that should be the end of it.

Jack Harrison I can't decide about. I see that he went back to having an anonymous performance last night. And this at a time when he should be playing out of his skin in order to earn a permanent contract. Costa went over the edge of a cliff performance wise after he was signed permanently - I'm concerned that the same might happen with Jack.

lufc1304 wrote on 19 May 2021 08:27 am

What a first season back this has been! Have loved every minute of it, win lose or draw. The mad scientist making changes last night none of us would have done and they worked. Wasn't pretty for long periods, but he has total faith in the players and his system and we wore a pretty decent Southampton side out. Great to see Berardi back on the pitch, you wouldn't have thought he'd been out for almost a year. The much maligned Kiko did what Kiko does. Excellent shot stopper, still utter dog s**t under crosses and corners! Top 10 guaranteed, we'd have torn your arm off for that at the start of the season, wouldn't we? ALAW