Leeds Utd 1-0 Crystal Palace Match Thread
29 Nov 2021 09:44 am, by Ellandback1
Tuesday 30th November 8:15pm | Elland Road
Patrick Viera's Crystal Palace are the visitors to Elland Road on Tuesday evening as Leeds look to build up points in preparation for a turbulent Christmas fixture list, but it won't be easy against a side who only lost their third game of the season on Saturday (at Villa). Similar to Leeds, the Eagles have become the draw specialists in the top flight. They have thirteen ties between them. Bielsa will need more than a point against Palace and Brentford (on Sunday) with their festive fixture list consisting of Chelsea, City, Arsenal and Liverpool.
Patrick Bamford and Luke Ayling both featured for the U23's on Monday evening against Manchester City's youngsters. But it is too early for either to make the first team squad. Joe Gelhardt was an unused sub during Leeds dire performance in West Sussex at the weekend and will start on the bench again. Tyler Roberts will lead the attack backed up by Mateusz Klich in the advanced midfield role. Raphinha replaces Jack Harrison on the left of midfield with Dan James moving out to the right. Kalvin Phillips and Adam Forshaw complete the midfield. The Argentine had a big call whether keep faith with out of sorts Junior Firpo but will instead recall the versatile Struijk at left back. Stuart Dallas will start at right back.
The visitors will be without Joachim Andersen and James McArthur (both thigh strains) whilst Nathan Ferguson is still recovering from a long lay off. Odsonne Edouard and Eberechi Eze are both pushing for a starting role having impressed recently. Eze returned from a long-term Achilles problem as a substitute in the defeat by Aston Villa at the weekend. Christian Benteke has scored 12 Premier League goals on a Tuesday, only Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney have managed more.
Last season Leeds lost 4-1 at Selhurst Park on a day when the Leeds fans were cursing VAR once again. Patrick Bamford was denied a perfectly good equaliser when his excellent, chipped finish was ruled out by the Video Assistant Referee because of his outstretched arm being 'offside'. Leeds got revenge back at Elland Road with a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Jack Harrison and Patrick Bamford. Bamford's strike was the 100th goal of his career, including 21 on loan at MK Dons, 8 on loan with Derby, 33 with Middlesbrough and 38 with Leeds.
Leeds have won five successive home league matches against Crystal Palace, last losing to them at Elland Road in March 2006. The Whites have also won four of the past six meetings in the Premier League. The Eagles are unbeaten in their last three away games in the Premier League. They have scored in eight successive league fixtures. But Palace have won just one of their 12 matches in the Premier League played on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
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