Brighton return to Premier League winning ways with 1-0 win at Leeds

Graham Potter’s side have avoided sliding into the relegation zone, thanks to Neil Maupay’s first half strike, as Leeds lost at home for the first time since December.

It was Brighton who were quicker out of the blocks than their hosts at Elland Road as Maupay deservedly slotted in front on 17 minutes.

The Seagulls burst through Leeds’ midfield on the counter attack, Leandro Trossard’s pass freed Alexis MacAllister inside the box and his square ball was tapped home by Maupay.

Brighton continued to press on from there as Trossard almost made it two as his deflected effort cracked against the bar.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side did come into more after the break though as Liam Cooper and Tyler Roberts tested Robert Sanchez.

However, the expected Leeds avalanche never really got going in the final stages as Brighton powered on to all three points.

Full Time at Elland Road it’s Leeds United 0 Brighton 1

Leeds United dumped out of the FA Cup by League Two Crawley Town

Marcelo Bielsa’s side struggled for any sort of fluency in the first half as John Yems’ side grabbed their opportunity for an upset.

The impressive Tom Nicholls was at the heart of Crawley’s best moments as the former Bristol Rovers man twice tested Kiko Casilla before the break.

However, with Leeds unable to get a grip on it after the restart, Crawley hit them with a quick-fire double.

Nick Tsaroulla got the ball rolling for the hosts as he tucked home Ashley Nadesan’s flick for the he turned goal scorer to turn home Nichols ball.

Leeds were stunned into submission by that with Jordan Tunnicliffe put Crawley in dreamland with a third.

Crawley boss Yems even found time to hand former TOWIE star Mark Wright late cameo appearance on what was an embarrassing afternoon for Leeds.

Full Time from The People’s Pension Stadium it’s Crawley Town 3 Leeds United 0

Tottenham cruise to 3-0 Premier League win over Leeds United

Spurs ended 2020 on a bum note, with just one win in December, but the timely return to form his key pair means Spurs are now back in business.

It was Marcelo Bielsa’s side that edged out the opening stages as Ezgjan Alioski smashed just wide and Mateusz Klich scooped over the bar.

But with the visitors unable to find that all important breakthrough Spurs took full advantage on the half hour.

Alioski’s clumsy challenge on Steven Bergwijn was judged to be just inside the box and Kane confidently tucked home his tenth of the season from the spot.

That goal released a pressure valve for Spurs before the break as Bergwijn skewed wide and Son netted his 100th Tottenham goal.

Again it was to be the Son-Kane combo that did the trick for Spurs as Kane’s low cross was buried by the South Korean.

Leeds started the second half with the same force as they did the first, but again their lack of cutting edge came back to haunt them, as Toby Alderweireld made it 3-0.

Son’s corner caused problems for Illan Meslier and Alderweireld’s flicked header squeezed past him.

That goal took any sting out of Leeds in the final 30, with Meslier thwarting Bergwijn and Kane to keep the score down.

Spurs’ afternoon was dented late on as Matt Doherty was sent off for a second booking but the three points are all that matters to Jose.

Full Time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium it’s Tottenham 3 Leeds United 0

Premier League Preview: Tottenham v Leeds

Bielsa has stuck steadfastly to his offensive game plan in the face of heavy criticism following his side’s recent 6-2 defeat at Manchester United.

He has been rewarded though with back-to-back wins and two clean sheets against Burnley and West Brom, but acknowledged Leeds, who have not won in the capital in over three years, face a step up in class.

Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham are set to be without Giovani Lo Celso and Gareth Bale – the Welshman was withdrawn in their EFL Cup tie at Stoke last week after picking up an injury.

Leeds meanwhile remain without their captain, Liam Cooper, who is still suffering from the abdominal issue that kept him out of their win over Burnley.

Bielsa is also missing long term absentee Robin Koch with a knee injury, and Mateusz Klich picked up a knock in midweek, so is touch and go.

Spurs against Leeds is the lunchtime game on Saturday with kick off at 1230.

Leeds United hammer West Brom 5-0 at The Hawthorns

On a night were Marcelo Bielsa’s side probably expected to be frustrated by Sam Allardyce’s hosts, they produced the best performance of 2020.

Four first half goals set the tone for a dominant display from Leeds as Bielsa’s squad returned to form at a critical moment to leave Allardyce facing a bleak January.

Despite Leeds looking slick right from kick off in the West Midlands, they were given a helping in the first few minutes, as Romain Sawyers netted a ridiculous own goal.

The Baggies defender completely misjudged Sam Johnstone’s position in behind as he chipped past his own keeper.

However, if there was a touch of comedy about Leeds’ opener there was no joking about with the second as Ezgjan Alioski smashed past Johnstone.

And there was no slowly down from there as the rampant visitors smelt blood, with Jack Harrison finishing off a flowing move and Rodrigo fired home a fourth.

Leeds did almost shoot themselves in the foot after the restart as Illan Meslier reacted quickly from an error to deny Matheus Pereira.

But in truth, Leeds had the Baggies are arms length again after the break, as Raphinha saved the best goal for last.

The Brazilian has caught the eye with some spectacular goals during his first few months in England and he bent home a superb effort to make it five.

Full Time at The Hawthorns it’s West Brom 0 Leeds United 5

Premier League: West Bromwich Albion vs Leeds United

Sam Allardyce’s side produced a solid defensive performance in their trip to Anfield and will have to duplicate that against the restless attack of Leeds.

The Baggies still only have one win in the league this season and sit 12 points behind Bielsa’s side whom they were promoted with after the last campaign.

As for Leeds United, a win could see them creep into the top half of the table. They’d overtake West Ham and Wolverhampton Wanderers to move into 10th.

The fixture has many notable omissions, West Brom midfielder Jake Livermore misses out due to suspension. While Hal Robson-Kanu, Kyle Bartley and Conor Townsend are also all out with injury.

As for the visitors, Leeds defender Liam Cooper is set to miss out due to an abdominal strain, while fellow centre back Diego Llorente is a doubt after a muscle issue. They join the list of central defensive absentees for Bielsa’s side with Robin Koch also sidelined long-term.

Leeds picked up 4 of the possible 6 points from the two meetings between the sides in the Championship last season, winning 1-0 at Elland Road and drawing 1-1 in the reverse.

The game kicks off at 18:00 pm on Tuesday 29th December.

Premier League: West Bromwich Albion vs Leeds United

Sam Allardyce’s side produced a solid defensive performance in their trip to Anfield and will have to duplicate that against the restless attack of Leeds.

The Baggies still only have one win in the league this season and sit 12 points behind Bielsa’s side whom they were promoted with after the last campaign.

As for Leeds United, a win could see them creep into the top half of the table. They’d overtake West Ham and Wolverhampton Wanderers to move into 10th.

The fixture has many notable omissions, West Brom midfielder Jake Livermore misses out due to suspension. While Hal Robson-Kanu, Kyle Bartley and Conor Townsend are also all out with injury.

As for the visitors, Leeds defender Liam Cooper is set to miss out due to an abdominal strain, while fellow centre back Diego Llorente is a doubt after a muscle issue. They join the list of central defensive absentees for Bielsa’s side with Robin Koch also sidelined long-term.

Leeds picked up 4 of the possible 6 points from the two meetings between the sides in the Championship last season, winning 1-0 at Elland Road and drawing 1-1 in the reverse.

The game kicks off at 18:00 pm on Tuesday 29th December.

Leeds United edge out 1-0 win over Burnley

The Whites were shell shocked at Old Trafford but an early penalty from Patrick Bamford edged out all three points against the Clarets.

Marcelo Bielsa’s team returned to form with a high energy start as Bamford put them ahead after five minutes.

Burnley keeper Nick Pope clattered into him inside the box and the former Chelsea man continued his impressive start to Premier League life and smashed home from the spot.

The hosts continued to dominate from there on as Rodrigo Moreno tested Pope and the England keeper produced an instinctive stop from Jack Harrison.

Sean Dyche’s side did haul themselves into it after the restart with Matt Lowton and Ashley Westwood testing Illan Meslier.

Leeds looked comfortable to bed in the closing stages and eek out the win but Dyche’s side missed a golden chance to nick a point.

Leeds completely failed to clear their lines as Westwood’s cross wormed its way to Jay Rodriguez, but the Burnley fans favourite could only lash over the bar.

Full Time at Elland Road it’s Leeds United 1 Burnley 0

Injury woes continue to affect Leeds United

The Spanish defender is fit again after successive muscle injuries and is poised for his full Premier League debut, three months after joining from Real Sociedad.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche declared this week that his side will target Leeds’ vulnerability at set-pieces and Cooper, ruled out due to an abdominal strain, could be sorely missed.

The Leeds captain has had his fair share of criticism during the club’s rise back to the Premier League, but boss Marcelo Bielsa has only expressed admiration for the former Chesterfield defender.

“Cooper has lost out the most in the aerial duels in these last 14 games,” Bielsa said when reviewing last week’s 6-2 defeat at Manchester United.

“It’s like this because he always defends against the best opposing header.

“In this game, he scored and neutralised (Harry) Maguire, who is a very a good header of the ball. That’s the process I am looking for, to get closer to the best.”

The Scotland international was forced off at Old Trafford and joins fellow centre-half, Robin Koch, on the sidelines.

Bielsa has no other new injury worries as his side face three fixtures in six days, which could have a huge bearing on their season.

Leeds sit 14th in the table, four points and two places above Burnley, and play at second-from-bottom West Brom on Tuesday before next weekend’s game at Tottenham.

Premier League Preview: Leeds United v Burnley

The Whites were smashed 6-2 by Manchester United last time out and the Argentinian coach was livid in his post-match press conference.

His players are likely to have been in for extra sessions over the Christmas period but Bielsa is famously loyal to his players and most should keep their place.

Skipper Liam Cooper will have a late test on a knee problem with Spanish international Diego Llorente set to return and partner him at the back.

And for visitors Burnley, Sean Dyche’s side returned to winning ways against Wolves last time out and he will stick to the tried and trusted in Yorkshire.

Robbie Brady has shaken off a knock in time to travel with Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood back in business up top.

And it’s a 12pm start on December 27th at Elland Road

Manchester United hammer neighbours Leeds United 6-2 at Old Trafford

An early brace from Scott McTominay coupled with first half strikes from Bruno Fernandes and Victor Lindelof ensured a dominant three points for Solskjaer.

Leeds have established a reputation as fast starters this season, but the tables were turned in Manchester as McTominay smashed home twice inside the first five minutes.

With Leeds still settling into the surroundings they cheaply lost the ball in midfield, Fernandes slipped in McTominay and he arrowed one past Illan Meslier.

And with the confidence soaring through him, McTominay repeated the trick two minutes later as he latched onto Anthony Martial’s pass to make it 2-0.

United then simply laid siege to Leeds’ goal before the break as Fernandes swept home a loose ball and Lindelof sharply fired home from a corner.

Leeds skipper Liam Cooper did nod home a glimmer of hope for Marcelo Bielsa before the break, but it was a mountain to climb in the second half.

But any team built by Bielsa will always fight back against the odds and David De Gea was forced to make a point blank stop from Raphinha on 56 minutes.

And any slim chance of a dramatic turnaround was ended by the hosts with 25 to play as Dan James netted his first of the season.

McTominay turned provider this time round, with a driving run and ball into the Welshman, who confidently tucked away past Meslier.

But the rampant hosts were not finished there as Fernandes tucked home from the spot for six before Stuart Dallas smacked home another consolation.

United did almost match Liverpool’s seven goals from yesterday, as Meslier denied Edinson Cavani late on, but in the end Solskjaer was forced to settle for a sexy six.

Full Time at Old Trafford it’s Manchester United 6 Leeds United 2

Premier League: Leeds United vs Newcastle United

Marcelo Bielsa’s side will be aiming to stop a run of two successive defeats, after losing away at Chelsea before a 2-1 defeat to West Ham last time out, while Newcastle are in contrasting form.

The Magpies beat Crystal Palace before a COVID-19 outbreak caused a delay to their season, before beating West Brom at home on Saturday thanks to a late Dwight Gayle header. It’s the first time Newcastle have won back-to-back games this season.

Before the West Ham game, Bielsa named his starting XI during his pre-match press conference, but has said he will stop revealing team news from now on after the attention it received. It’s commonplace across Europe to reveal line-ups well before kick-off, but after defeat to David Moyes’s side, it won’t be something the Argentinian will repeat.

In another contrast, Steve Bruce kept his cards so close to his chest that Newcastle’s line-up against West Brom was a complete mystery until an hour before kick-off, with the club struggling to count the bodies available after the COVID outbreak caused a postponement against Aston Villa.

As it turned out, only three players who started the win over Palace were missing, with Isaac Hayden filling in at centre-back. This week, Federico Fernandez has returned to training and will be available for the trip to Leeds though, meaning Hayden may return to a more familiar central midfield role.

Newcastle will be without Paul Dummett and Martin Dubravka through injury, and there’s questions over Ryan Fraser, Allan Saint-Maximin and Jamaal Lascelles, who all missed the win over West Brom.

Leeds also have defensive worries, with new signings Robin Koch and Diego Llorente both injured, meaning Luke Ayling is likely to continue at centre-back alongside Liam Cooper. Adam Forshaw and Gaetano Berardi are also missing.

A win for Newcastle could take them into the top half of the Premier League table, while Leeds could go 11th if they manage to get their first win in December and other results go their way.

Leeds take on Newcastle United at Elland Road on Wednesday, December 16th. Kick-off is at 6pm.