Newcastle Utd V Leeds Utd Match Thread/ Bielsa Unhappy!

15 Sep 2021 02:26 pm, by Ellandback1


Friday 17th September 20:00 | St James Park


St James Park will be packed to the rafters on Friday evening when Leeds are the visitors to Newcastle's infamous Stadium. Although early on in their campaigns, both sides find themselves at the wrong end of the table, desperate for three points which will propel them clear of the drop zone. Leeds will be without defensive trio Struijk, Llorente and Koch. Struijk's appeal against his three game ban was unsuccessful. He is also set to miss the visit to Craven Cottage in the League Cup and the home game against West Ham. Llorente and Koch's respective injuries are described as minor, though both miss out on Friday night.

Whilst many would like to see Charlie Cresswell makes his Senior League debut, Bielsa will switch Ayling to centre back, with either Dallas at right back. If Newcastle go two up top, Kalvin Phillips is likely to drop back into a three man defence. After a poor start to his campaign, Rodrigo's gets the nod ahead of Tyler Roberts in the Bo.10 role. The £30m record signing was replaced at half-time in favour of Tyler Roberts against Liverpool. Mateusz Klich will slot back into midfield alongside. Dan James will also make his first start, Jack Harrison missing out due to Covid.




Newcastle will again be without the services of Martin Dubravka, Jonjo Shelvey and Elliott Anderson on Friday through injury, while Callum Wilson remains a major doubt due to a thigh problem. The Magpies welcome back Federico Fernandez and Fabian Schar to their defensive line up, allowing Isaac Hayden to return to midfield. Joe Willock, Paul Dummett, Ryan Frazer, Manquillo and Ciaran Clark are all carrying knocks and will be assessed closer to kick off. Karl Darlow is expected to replace Freddie Woodman between the sticks.

Expect blood, sweat, tears and plenty of free flowing as two of the Country's most fanatic supporters go head to head.


Leeds Starting XI
Meslier, Dallas, Ayling, Cooper, Firpo, 3Phillips, Raphinha, Klich, Rodrigo, James, Bamford

Subs: Roberts, Klaesson, Cresswell, Summerville, McKinstry, Greenwood, McCarron, Shackleton, Kenneh




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whiteswan wrote on 20 Sep 2021 12:22 am

How come you're up so late?

faaip wrote on 20 Sep 2021 12:08 am

whiteswan wrote: Sun Sep 19, 2021 11:52 pm He did after the Liverpool game, that consolidation was paramount the next 2/3 years
Also said that they had spent a lot of money on players last season and this season
Also said that he was happy because we have a very good squad of players
Also The ground expansion will happen later after consolidation so we can host big European nights in 2/3 years

Here's hoping Radz.....
And he's right on all 4 accounts...tbh I don't know as fans why we demand we become top prem class after being missing form the division for so long, we're still a project.

We're well ahead of schedule in my opinion and we ain't getting relegated ..

whiteswan wrote on 19 Sep 2021 11:52 pm

faaip wrote: Sun Sep 19, 2021 6:45 pm Rads has said the target for European fixtures is 2/3 years away
He did after the Liverpool game, that consolidation was paramount the next 2/3 years
Also said that they had spent a lot of money on players last season and this season
Also said that he was happy because we have a very good squad of players
Also The ground expansion will happen later after consolidation so we can host big European nights in 2/3 years

Here's hoping Radz.....

whiteswan wrote on 19 Sep 2021 11:18 pm

Gandalf wrote: Sun Sep 19, 2021 6:24 pm Make your mind up, lass :)
:rol:

weasel wrote on 19 Sep 2021 09:41 pm

1964white wrote: Sun Sep 19, 2021 8:22 pm Our final position last season was down to Llorente & Striujk in the last three months of 2020/21.
Our final position was therefore down to us finally getting a settled defence. The rest of the season we were a mixed bag results wise. As such this season is simply a repeat of the last season and we have to hope we get a settled defence again sooner rather than later. The majority of the seaon we were aroun 11th to 14th - not a million miles from where we are now.

We need to forget the 3 points from 5 matches at present and simply take each result on its own merit. Losing to MU and Liverpool - fairly much esxpected, and draws to Everton, Burnley and Newcastle, taken on their own are reasonable results - if we'd won 1 and lost 2 of those we'd be on the same points but I'd be more concerned.