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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Mick Jones shoulder wrote on 01 Dec 2021 04:35 pm

How refreshing to have the majority of players in position they are more comfortable in. Pascal looked out of his comfort zone. Centreback isn't he🤔

Mick Jones shoulder wrote on 01 Dec 2021 04:26 pm

1964white wrote: Wed Dec 01, 2021 10:16 am Tbh, Roberts wasn't as bad as some are portraying on here.

He worked his socks off in the second-half, precious little service, particularly in the first-half.
He did indeed work hard but isn't that a prerequisite of a pro footballer. Still unconvinced by him.

rab_rant wrote on 01 Dec 2021 03:42 pm

Cjay wrote: Wed Dec 01, 2021 1:47 pm Why? What have i ever done to you to cause such a cruel job suggestion? :(

I think you need to check into a re-education camp for a course on thought realinment 😘😍 and the first step to recovery would be to make an analysis of the good things you have seen at Leeds over the past few years. It would be the first step in your rehabilitation. If Forshaw can do it so can you. There is hope.

You are a talented writer with many incisive arguments, that only need to be channeled to a more positive direction👍👌

Cjay wrote on 01 Dec 2021 01:51 pm

I actually thought Roberts did ok.

Worked hard, held the ball up on occasion, put a shift in.

Not as threatening as Gelhardt was vs Spurs (Roberts never looked like scoring truth be told) but the gritty stuff was fine.

So obviously he will be dropped now and not play for 2 games? Thats how it works right? :duno:

Cjay wrote on 01 Dec 2021 01:47 pm

rab_rant wrote: Wed Dec 01, 2021 7:24 am
Cjay could follow Roberts and report on his runs off the ball and his hold up play, as well as his dribbling skills.
Why? What have i ever done to you to cause such a cruel job suggestion? :(