Burnley v Leeds Utd Match Thread - Klich and Firpo unavailable

25 Aug 2021 07:27 pm, by Ellandback1


Sunday 29th August 14:00 | Turf Moor


Leeds face a lunchtime kick off at local rivals Burnley on Sunday, as Leeds look to build on their positive 2-2 draw last weekend against Everton.

Diego Llorente could be set to return to the starting eleven following a successful midweek comeback. The Spanish International suffered a knock during pre season which has kept him sidelined for a month. e played for 45 minutes during their 3-0 League Cup victory over Crewe Alexandra. Bielsa now faces the dilemma of whether to keep faith with the Cooper / Struijk partnership. The duo have shipped seven goals in two outings; alternatively Llorente could be bought back in the fold. If the Spanish International does start, who should Bielsa drop? Fellow centre back Robin Koch is ruled out after picking up a late injury prior to the Everton game.

Long term absentee Adam Forshaw continued on his road to recovery with another 60 minutes of game time. The 29 year old looked sharp during his display against the Railwaymen. He could very well find himself on the bench at Turf Moor, it's clear Bielsa admires him as a player and thinks he could play a big part this season. Rodrigo's inconsistent form has continued and we could expect to see him start on the bench with a midfield quartet of Harrison, Dallas, Klich and Raphinha all set to start.




Burnley duo Ashley Westwood and Matej Vydra face late fitness tests with boss Sean Dyche hopefull they will be available. The duo missed the 2-0 loss at Liverpool last weekend with a sore toe and a minor knock respectively. Aaron Lennon rejoined Burnley this week, starting Wednesday's game against Newcastle, so could face his old side. Form is not on the side of the Lancashire team, the Clarets have equalled a 42-year-old club record by going 11 successive home league games without a win and could lose six top-flight matches in a row for the first time since 1895.

Last season saw an edgy encounter between the two teams at Elland Road. Leeds came away 1-0 winners but Sean Dyche was fuming at the award of a penalty to Leeds after Nick Pope took out Patrick Bamford in the penalty. Bamford duly converted from the spot. Dyche’s frustrations would grow as Ashley Barnes controversially had a strike ruled out for an adjudged foul from Ben Mee on Illan Meslier. The return fixture at Turf Moor was a different affair, Leeds running out easy 4-0 winners with goals from Mateusz Klich, Jack Harrison and a brace from Rodrigo.

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Leeds1000 wrote on 30 Aug 2021 04:51 pm

Just watched the game. Burnley are like sharks, they feed of weakness and if you are not fully up to the fight they will bite you in the arse. You gotta give Dyche a bit of credit they are not a particular talented bunch but they give him everything. On another day are flare moves come off for us and we win comfortably. They are good at dragging teams down. A good point in the end.

1964white wrote on 30 Aug 2021 08:16 am

Prisoner37 wrote: Sun Aug 29, 2021 11:06 pm Whilst on Ayling stats, he progressed the ball forward last season more than any other player in the top 5 leagues in Europe. This might explain why he gets out of defensive position.
As a devout Happy Clapper I think Ayling has repaid his transfer fee back a twenty fold in the last three years.
Remember when we had that severe blip and he spoke out and got the club back on track? What was that worth at the time? Just being a top bloke adds value to a team.
I'm a big fan of Ayling, his heart is in Leeds.

Always remember when we were crap, Luke came back after a serious injury for the final game of the season v QPR (I think), he ran the hoops ragged down the right flank with a MOTM performance whilst the rest of his teammates were thinking about their summer holidays.

rondownunder wrote on 30 Aug 2021 12:48 am

Prisoner37 wrote: Sun Aug 29, 2021 3:07 pm You were saying?
I know he follows this thread throughout the game and wanted to inspire him :-D

That was a 5hit goal and very little to be proud of throughout however. Our front men ex Raph are awful at the minute. Burnley are a Championship side and we fell into their hands today. Cooper, Llorente, KP and Bamford all wanting to scrap with them. They are park footballers and we needed to raise the tempo and take 3 points.

Prisoner37 wrote on 29 Aug 2021 11:06 pm

Cjay wrote: Sun Aug 29, 2021 8:58 pm Anyone on here will tell you i love stats but I trust my eyes on this.

The man is caught out of position on a regular basis and has been responsible for dozens of goals going in.

Ayling also played every single game so naturally his numbers will be high.

The bottom 4 aren't defending anyway he played every game in a team where we go man for man and winning the ball back quickly is a requirement so attempting tackles and things Will naturally be high.

But go watch all the goals back last season, the amount of goals he is largely responsible for is a lot.

Liam Cooper was 9th for tackles and blocks won last season in the league but doesn't make him Varane either :roll:
Whilst on Ayling stats, he progressed the ball forward last season more than any other player in the top 5 leagues in Europe. This might explain why he gets out of defensive position.
As a devout Happy Clapper I think Ayling has repaid his transfer fee back a twenty fold in the last three years.
Remember when we had that severe blip and he spoke out and got the club back on track? What was that worth at the time? Just being a top bloke adds value to a team.

Boo Radley wrote on 29 Aug 2021 10:42 pm

The worry for me is that we carry so little threat relative to our possession. Specifically, we have no real threat through the centre, made worse by Klich’s absence today, so this means that any opposition can focus our our threat down the wings, which chokes off the space for Raphinha and Harrison.

Our other problem, on top off no 10 on the pitch, is that Bamford is expected to do everything. He chases every loose ball in the opposition half, he harrasses the goalie in possession, he defends deep for us when under pressure and yet he’s expected to be at the end of every break. It’s simply not possible to do all that.

We need to replace Pablo. More and more teams will figure us out and shut shop on us and we will just huff and puff. Brighton did it last year twice and everyone will learn from that. Whether it’s moving Raphinha to 10 and getting in Summerville on the wing, or spending money now, it has to be sorted. We are relatively toothless otherwise.