Leeds Utd v Leicester City Match Thread

03 Nov 2021 05:14 pm, by YorkshireTea


Sunday 7th November 2:00pm | Elland Road


Leicester City are the visitors to Elland Road on Sunday lunchtime as the Whites try to build on their 2-1 victory at Carrow Road last weekend. Although not their best performance, the three valuable points lifted them above the drop zone. A similar result against Brendan Rodgers' side will certainly lift the dark clouds away from West Yorkshire's finest and give them some breathing space, but it won't be easy. bAfter a disappointing performance against Arsenal last weekend, the Foxes will be desperate to climb back into the top half of the table, but have to contend with Spartak Moscow this evening first in the Europa League.

Striker Patrick Bamford has not played since the draw with Newcastle on 17th September after picking up an innocuous looking ankle injury. But 7 weeks on Bamford still seems no closer to a return to action with Marcelo Bielsa saying; "It's not a simple injury... when he will be available to play, can't be given exactly." It was hoped he would be back after the October international break, but the striker has still not returned to full fitness. The 28 year-old will miss Sunday's clash with Leicester at Elland Road, extending his absence to eight matches and meaning that he has missed more games than he has played this season.

Ayling is nearing a return to action. His knee injury required minor surgery, but returned to light duties a fortnight ago. Junior Firpo could miss his fifth match with a muscle injury. Although minor, if aggravated, could sideline the left back for months. Robin Koch is definitely out. The German centre back underwent surgery in the States for his troublesome groin strain he picked up on the opening game of the season at Old Trafford.





There has been a sickness bug going around Leicester City's dressing room. Harvey Barnes, James Maddison and James Justin have all been sidelined, but hope to play some part of the game. Attacking midfielder Ayoze Perez will return for Blues after a similar illness kept him sidelined for a fortnight. Leicester defender Ricardo Pereira is expected to be fit despite missing Thursday's Europa League game with Spartak Moscow with a hamstring issue. James Justin, Wesley Fofana and Marc Albrighton all remain out.

Leeds are looking to win consecutive league games against Leicester for the first time since December 1999. Leicester have won four of their past five league visits to Leeds, as many as they had on their previous 16 trips to Elland Road. Leeds' tally of 10 points is their lowest after 10 matches of a league campaign since the 2006-07 Championship season in which they were relegated. The Foxes have not recorded a clean sheet since the opening weekend of the season. They have conceded 18 set-piece goals (excluding penalties) since the start of last season; only Crystal Palace have let in more.




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1964white wrote on 09 Nov 2021 06:08 am

Carrick Dave wrote: Mon Nov 08, 2021 11:48 pm Forshaw provided the solidity and control I’m midfield that we’ve been lacking Scooby. He’s not the creator we need, he broke up play and shored up the middle when Kalvin was having a bit of an off day defensively.

Do you accept that Leeds operate under financial constraints internally and externally, and can’t compete with the richer clubs?

We have enough in the locker to escape relegation this season with the players we have, whether bolstered slightly in January or not. Why do you assume we’ll be in the bottom three come the New Year?

The lack of belief in the squad, management and owners on this forum is mind-boggling.

Yes, I do clap happy, so what?
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Carrick Dave wrote on 08 Nov 2021 11:48 pm

Scoobychief wrote: Mon Nov 08, 2021 8:54 am the fact of the matter is we still have a gaping hole in midfield, i know people are singing forshaw's praise but the man for me doesnt create anything and is not a threat at all going forward and lets people pass him by too easily . but the blame cannot lie on him alone, we have spend 25m on a quick lad again that has no end product whatsoever and i cannot see james ever improving.. and harrison the same no end product so we have these 2 playing virtually on same wing that create nothing, meanwhile we have our best player in the squad by a country mile in raph trying to create and score goals and do the wing work. and rodrigo has also been another 30m wasted hes looking sharp but cannot finnish at all. so back to the midfield there is nothing going in there. i mean in reality im very pleased with the point we arened at least we didnt get beat, but we could have nicked all 3 points on sunday. we desperately need not 1 but 2 midfielders, we never replaced saiz and have never replaced hernandez also unless we get midfielders of that quality we are never going to progress. and i reckon we are all kinda holding our breath because after the internationals we are in for a very tough december taking us into january and who knows where we will be by then. and if we are in the bottom 3 come january are we likely to sign the players we need to get us to survive or are our owners just going to wave the white flag and say it was allways going to be tough this year to remain in the premier league, i know money doesnt garantee success but by golly lad we are still short of at least 3 players. if not more.
Forshaw provided the solidity and control I’m midfield that we’ve been lacking Scooby. He’s not the creator we need, he broke up play and shored up the middle when Kalvin was having a bit of an off day defensively.

Do you accept that Leeds operate under financial constraints internally and externally, and can’t compete with the richer clubs?

We have enough in the locker to escape relegation this season with the players we have, whether bolstered slightly in January or not. Why do you assume we’ll be in the bottom three come the New Year?

The lack of belief in the squad, management and owners on this forum is mind-boggling.

Yes, I do clap happy, so what?

mentalcase wrote on 08 Nov 2021 03:59 pm

BGwhite wrote: Mon Nov 08, 2021 11:15 am I think most on here would've taken a point before kick off yesterday so the fact that we are saying we should've won it is testament to our players who are working their tatas off. We all know and I hope the club do too that we need a Pablo and another forward to chip in regularly with goals to supplement Paddy n Rapha , in fact our midfielders need to chip in much more as well but that aside I think we have the nucleus of a great team when you take into account the 23's coming through so if we can stay up this season I think we can be an established PL club. It all takes time but this season's survival is vital.

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:clap: Agree with thee again.
A bit more composure in front of goal we would have won at a canter yesterday, just hope when PB is fit we don't forget about JG, this kid needs minutes as do a number of the young un's, would be criminal if we blindly stuck with James, Harrison & Roberts if they aint producing the goods, keeping the younger talent out of the team.

Chilli D wrote on 08 Nov 2021 02:53 pm

We're not leaking loads of goals (Liverpool and Manure aside) but we've still only scored twice in one game this season. That tells its own story.

1964white wrote on 08 Nov 2021 02:46 pm

Leeds1000 wrote: Mon Nov 08, 2021 1:21 pm Work seems to have the knack of making me miss the best games. Credit where credits due for Forshaw, sounds like he had a good game, he may not be the future but you can only rate a player on his last performance and quite a few had him MOM on here and elsewhere in a game we looked like we should have won with the two gilt-edge chances squandered. A front four of Harrison, James, Raphinha & Rodrigo really should be producing the goods in front of goal, whilst hopefully Bielsa now see's the benefit of more cover in midfield. More International Bollo*.
Having Forshaw on the pitch was an insurance to allow Phillips to go forward. Kalvin was unlucky with a header on target, also it was his header at the near post that created a glorious chance for Jack to somehow miscue the ball over the bar.

Contrary to what some say about Forshaw's performance, believe me 1000 we had much more control in the middle of the park with AF & Phillips as DM's

Once again, we also played three CB's at the back.

All trial & error, but the new system seems to be flourishing :-D