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.