Leeds United 6-2 Cagliari Calcio Match Thread
29 Jul 2022 09:27 pm, by YorkshireSquare
Sunday 31st July 6:45pm | Elland Road
Leeds United's pre-season culminates this Sunday with a friendly against Cagliari Calcio at Elland Road ahead of the start of the Premier League season next weekend. The game will now kick off 45 minutes at later at 6:45pm following the England Women's impressive performances in the Women’s Euro 2022 tournament which sees them play Germany in the final at Wembley at 5.00pm on Sunday. The new kick-off time will allow everyone to watch the full match, before taking their seat to enjoy the final pre-season friendly of the summer for Jesse Marsch’s side, as they take on Italian Serie B outfit Cagliari.
A mixed bag of results so far this pre-season has seen Leeds beat Blackpool and Brisbane Roar, lose to Aston Villa and draw against Crystal Palace. With unconvincing performances so far, Marsch will want a good performance and good result, as such he is expected to name a strong starting eleven. New signings Marc Roca and Tyler Adams have impressed, and fans will hope to get a glimpse of them playing together in the middle of midfield for the first time. Rasmus Kristensen, quickly becoming a fans favourite, will likely start at right back with Diego Llorente and Robin Koch in the centre of defence.
One of the big questions for Jesse Marsch ill be at left back. With Junior Firpo injured; Jack Harrison, Leo Hjelde or Pascal Struijk are all in contention for the position with Struijk perhaps at the top of the pecking order. Exciting signing Luis Sinisterra picked up a hamstring injury in Perth with Brenden Aaronson moving out to the right wing, Harrison the obvious choice for left wing if he doesn’t start further back. Marsch has favoured Rodrigo in the No10 role, though fans are still yet to be impressed by the Spaniard as he starts his third season at Elland Road. Patrick Bamford needs more minutes up front as he returns from injury but fans will be keen to see more of Joe Gelhardt as he continues to excite and develop into a real talent.
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