Leeds hope to finally get their first win of the season on Saturday, as Watford travel to Yorkshire for a 3pm kickoff
Leeds look to make it seventh time lucky on Saturday afternoon, as Watford visit Elland Road hoping to keep the Whites rooted in the relegation zone for another week at least.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have struggled to match the quality they displayed for most of last season so far this campaign, and their soft centre was on show last weekend as they surrendered the lead to lose late on against West Ham, thanks to Michail Antonio’s winner.
Watford managed a similar smash-and-grab style performance last week also, as Ismaila Sarr’s header earned them a point against Newcastle United, who should have been out of sight by the time the winger’s effort settled in the net. The result continued the Hornet’s good start to their season though, and they head into this one 12th in the table.
Leeds on the other hand need a result to get them out of the bottom three, something Bielsa eluded to in his pre-match press conference.
Bielsa’s side have to try and do it without Patrick Bamford again though, with the striker still sidelined with an ankle injury
There’s better news in the form of Raphinha being fit after questions over his fitness, and Diego Llorente is also available and could come in at centre-back in place of Charlie Cresswell, who made his debut against West Ham last week.
Pascal Struijk is back after suspension, but Robin Koch and Luke Ayling are both missing through injury. This leaves question marks at right-back, so Jamie Shackleton could continue there.
As for Watford, it’s mostly good news for Xisco Munoz. Goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann is available and may replace Ben Foster, who had an eventful afternoon against Newcastle last week.
Tom Cleverley is also fit after abiding by concussion protocols and may return to midfield, but midfielder Peter Etebo tore a quadricep against the Magpies and is set for at least four months on the sidelines.
Saturday’s meeting is the first between these two sides in almost five years, when Watford knocked Leeds out of the FA Cup at the 5th Round stage, before eventually being knocked out by Crystal Palace at the semi-final stage.
Leeds were being managed by Steve Evans at the time, and finished the season 13th in the Championship. How times have changed at both clubs since those days.
You’ve got to go back more than 21 years for the last Premier League meeting between the sides, when Leeds won 3-1 thanks to goals from Michael Bridges, Michael Duberry and Darren Huckerby.
Leeds take on Watford at Elland Road on Saturday, October 2nd. Kick-off is at 3pm.