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