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.

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Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham are set to be without Giovani Lo Celso and Gareth Bale – the Welshman was withdrawn in their EFL Cup tie at Stoke last week after picking up an injury.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

In form West Ham fight back to win 2-1 at Leeds United

David Moyes’ side now have four wins in their last five games as a late goal from Angelo Ogbonna secured a vital three points in Yorkshire.

The home side were the quickest out of the traps in the opening stages as midfielder Matheusz Klich put from in front after four minutes.

Lukasz Fabianski tangled with Patrick Bamford to concede a rash spot kick and despite saving Klich first penalty.

Referee Michael Oliver penalised the Polish international for straying off his line and Klich confidently tucked home his second attempt.

That early goal opened the game up in the first half hour, with both keepers called into rapid action, before Tomas Soucek deservedly nodded West Ham level.

Jarrod Bowen swung a deep corner into far post and Soucek was too hot to handle in the box as he stooped to head past Illan Meslier.

That goal boosted the visitors confidence after the restart as Meslier bravely saved from Sebastien Haller.

Both sides did create chances to win it the final stages, but West Ham’s set piece power proved the difference again as Ogbonna headed home the winner.

Aaron Cresswell whipped free kick found the Italian in space inside Leeds’ box and he emphatically powered past Meslier.

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10-man Arsenal draw 0-0 at Leeds United

The Whites were the better side throughout at Elland Road, but despite Nicolas Pepe’s second half red card, Bielsa’s couldn’t force the win.

Leeds had the better of a tight first half, as Raphinha and Mateusz Klich both fired wide and Bernd Leno produced a instinctive stop to deny Patrick Bamford before the break.

The hosts lack of killer instinct meant Arsenal stayed in the game after the restart, but Mikel Arteta’s side shot themselves in the foot on 50 minutes.

Pepe clashed off the ball with Ezgjan Alioski, and after a quick VAR check, Anthony Taylor sent him off for a clear headbutt.

With a man advantage in the final half hour, Leeds did push for a winner, but Leno proved to be a vital barrier for Arteta.

The German produced a huge stop to deny Stuart Dallas on 66 minutes before blocking another effort from substitute Rodrigo.

But as the game began to see saw in the final ten minutes, both sides had chances to win it.

Rodrigo and Bamford were both denied by the woodwork before the anonymous Illan Meslier to deny Bukayo Saka.

But despite the late flurry of chances, this game was destined to stay goalless.

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Crystal Palace secure impressive 4-1 Premier League win over Leeds

Leeds have now lost their last three league games, whilst Palace picked up their first home win since the opening day.

It was all one-way traffic in the opening stages as Palace looked to impose themselves from the start.

Andros Townsend and Patrick van Aanholt both fired early tests at Illan Meslier before Palace final broke through on 12 minutes.

Eberechi Eze’s corner outfoxed the Leeds defence and Scott Dann got up highest to power home a header.

And after Leeds’ Patrick Bamford saw his effort ruled out for offside, Palace simply picked up the momentum again to make it 2-0.

Eze was again at the heart of for Roy Hodgson’s side as their new star bent home a superb free kick.

Leeds did manage to hit back before the break though as Bamford finally got his goal as he cushioned home Mateusz Klich’s knock down.

But Palace made the game safe just before half time as the unfortunate Helder Costa diverted Van Aanholt’s cross past Meslier.

With the game began to peter out after the restart, Leeds struggled to spark themselves into life with Jack Harrison’s long ranger their best effort.

And with Leeds unable to break through a stubborn Palace defence, the hosts put the gloss on an unusually potent attacking display as Jordan Ayew calmly tucked home Wilf Zaha’s pass.

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Leeds edge out Fulham in a 4-3 Premier League thriller at Elland Road

The Whites picked up where they left off at Liverpool last weekend, as goals from Helder Costa, Mateusz Klich and Patrick Bamford sealed the three points, despite a late fight back from Scott Parker’s team.

Despite having no fans to roar them on a historic day in West Yorkshire, the home side flew out of the blocks, and Costa fired them in front on five minutes.

Kalvin Phillips’ corner was helped on at the front post, and with Fulham unable to clear their lines, Costa bulleted home the loose ball.

Leeds dominated the rest of the first half but were pegged back against the run of play on 34 minutes, as Aleksandar Mitrovic slotted home from the penalty spot.

However, that reprieve didn’t last long for the visitors as Klich confidently tucked home his own spot kick just before the break.

Bielsa side motored on after the restart, as Bamford put them into a quick fire 3-1 lead.

Klich’s through ball split the Fulham defence, and the former Chelsea man strode on and fired netted past Alphonse Areola.

And with Leeds’ confidence flowing all over the pitch, Costa added a brilliant fourth a few minutes later.

Bamford’s hard work hustled Kenny Tete off the ball put wide, and his neat ball found the onrushing Costa to crash home his second of game.

But despite being three goals behind, Fulham refused to lie down and Bobby De Cordova-Reid’s strike hauled them back into it.

Mitrovic then began to cause more and more problems for Leeds, and the Serbian got away from Liam Cooper to power home Tete’s cross.

With the balance of the game now completely swung in their favour, Fulham pushed and pushed for an equaliser in the final 20 minutes.

Neeskens Kebano hit a post as the Cottagers pressed, and Mitrovic forced a fine stop from Illan Meslier, but in the end, Leeds had enough to clinch a first Premier League win more than a decade.

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Liverpool edge out Leeds United in 4-3 Premier League thriller

Marcelo Bielsa’s side were fearless at Anfield, as goals from Jack Harrison, Patrick Bamford and Mateusz Klich announced their arrival back in the big time.

Liverpool showed plenty of drive in attack, but an uncharacteristically wobbly back line will be a real concern for Jurgen Klopp.

Mo Salah got the ball rolling after just three minutes, as the Egyptian international powered home from the penalty spot.

Leeds refused to be overpowered by their hosts however, as Harrison cut in off the left wing to smash a deserved equaliser past Alisson.

Virgil Van Dijk headed Liverpool back in front shortly after, but his poor back pass allowed Bamford to bring Leeds back on level terms.

And with neither side able to keep the back door closed, Salah popped up again to rocket Liverpool into their third first half lead.

Despite falling behind for a third time, Bielsa’s side refused to change their approach after the break, and their high pressing style got them back into it just after the hour.

Klich pounced on a loose ball in midfield, he slipped in Helder Costa, before driving on into the box and powering past Alisson.

The visitors looked the more likely to nick a late winner, but despite Leeds’ impressive return, they were dealt a harsh lesson in Premier League reality in the final minutes.

Substitute Rodrigo collided with Fabinho to concede a penalty, and Salah kept his calm to bury his third goal of the night and all three points for the Reds.

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Liverpool edge out Leeds United in 4-3 Premier League thriller

Marcelo Bielsa’s side were fearless at Anfield, as goals from Jack Harrison, Patrick Bamford and Mateusz Klich announced their arrival back in the big time.

Liverpool showed plenty of drive in attack, but an uncharacteristically wobbly back line will be a real concern for Jurgen Klopp.

Mo Salah got the ball rolling after just three minutes, as the Egyptian international powered home from the penalty spot.

Leeds refused to be overpowered by their hosts however, as Harrison cut in off the left wing to smash a deserved equaliser past Alisson.

Virgil Van Dijk headed Liverpool back in front shortly after, but his poor back pass allowed Bamford to bring Leeds back on level terms.

And with neither side able to keep the back door closed, Salah popped up again to rocket Liverpool into their third first half lead.

Despite falling behind for a third time, Bielsa’s side refused to change their approach after the break, and their high pressing style got them back into it just after the hour.

Klich pounced on a loose ball in midfield, he slipped in Helder Costa, before driving on into the box and powering past Alisson.

The visitors looked the more likely to nick a late winner, but despite Leeds’ impressive return, they were dealt a harsh lesson in Premier League reality in the final minutes.

Substitute Rodrigo collided with Fabinho to concede a penalty, and Salah kept his calm to bury his third goal of the night and all three points for the Reds.

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