Chelsea cruise to 3-1 Premier League win over Leeds United

An impressive performance from Frank Lampard’s side keeps them firmly in the title race thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud, Kurt Zouma and Christian Pulisic.

Despite the final result, it was the visitors that started the brightest, as former Blues forward Patrick Bamford bagged his eight goal of the season.

Kalvin Phillips’ pass caught the Chelsea backline out of position and Bamford kept his cool to tuck past Edouard Mendy.

Chelsea did look to quickly react to that setback as Timo Werner’s deflected onto the bar and Illan Meslier denied Mason Mount.

But the with the traffic all heading in one direction, Giroud hauled the Blues level on the half hour mark.

Reece James delivered a perfect ball into the box and the Frenchman got across his man to finish at the front post.

Both sides showed plenty of drive after the restart with vital missed chances at either end as Raphinha tested Mendy and Werner brought a brilliant stop from Meslier.

But the Blues didn’t have to wait much longer for a second as Zouma escapes his marker to power home Mount’s corner.

That goal seemed to edge the final stages for Chelsea as Meslier was called into action again to deny Giroud and Werner.

And Lampard’s side finally snatched that all important third goal in added time as Captain America Pulisic slid home from Werner’s pull back.

Full Time at Stamford Bridge it’s Chelsea 3 Leeds United 1

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.

Full Time at Elland Road it’s Leeds United 0 Arsenal 0

Leeds legend calls for tighter defence

Matteo, who played for Leeds over 100 times between 2000 and 2004, wrote in his Yorkshire Evening Post column that despite being excellent at scoring goals, they need to tighten up at the other end.

Leeds have been one of the most entertaining teams to watch this season, scoring 14 goals in eight games so far. But that has came at a cost, with 17 goals being shipped, including four away at Crystal Palace last time out.

The Whites have kept just one clean sheet this season, and Matteo has pointed to Premier League teams knowing how to sneak narrow victories as an explanation for why Leeds find themselves in 15th place.

Marcelo Bielsa’s style of end-to-end football is certainly high risk, but with Patrick Bamford scoring goals freely, is also one of the reasons why Leeds have become many people’s second team this season – something that many would never have thought back when Matteo was playing.

Leeds next face Arsenal at Elland Road this weekend, and will be hoping to get back to winning ways, after the Gunners were humiliated against Aston Villa before the international break.

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.

Full Time at Selhurst Park it’s Crystal Palace 4 Leeds United 1

Premier League: Crystal Palace vs Leeds

The two clubs have made identical starts to the season, with three wins, three defeats and a draw each, leaving them in mid table after seven games, but both suffered disappointing defeats last time out.

Palace were comfortably beaten 2-0 by Wolves at Molineux, and midfielder Luka Milivojevic was sent off for a late challenge on Joao Moutinho, meaning he will serve a three-match ban after an unsuccessful appeal. Roy Hodgson was livid with the referee’s decision, and it now means the Eagles squad is stretched even thinner, with their injury troubles still proving problematic.

Centre-back pair Gary Cahill and James Tomkins are both struggling after calf and heel injuries respectively, meaning Cheikhou Kouyate and Scott Dann are likely to continue at the back.

Tyrick Mitchell and Joel Ward are also missing, while new signing Nathan Ferguson and long-serving goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey miss out too.

There’s positive news in the shape of James McCarthy though, as the Irish midfielder could return after a thigh injury. He could form the McCarthy/McArthur midfield pair, as the Scotland international is expected to deputise for Milivojevic.

Jordan Ayew and Jack Butland are available again after positive coronavirus tests and should be involved.

Leeds have been hit by the virus as well, with record signing Rodrigo ruled out after a positive test. The Spanish international will now isolate under Premier League protocol and miss the trip to the capital.

Kalvin Phillips remains sidelined with a shoulder injury which is expected to keep him out until December, while Gaetano Berardi and Adam Forshaw are also long-term absentees.

New signing Diego Llorente is still to make his debut for the club and will miss out with an injury suffered while on international duty.

Raphinha has been struggling with an ankle injury and a late decision will be made on him, but wholesale changes aren’t expected to the Leeds side that started the 4-1 defeat to Leicester City last weekend.

Top scorer Patrick Bamford will continue up front and hope he can show Gareth Southgate more of what he can do after missing out on the latest England squad, while midfield creators Pablo Hernandez, Jack Harrison and Helder Costa will be tasked with providing the ammunition for the former Chelsea striker.

Crystal Palace take on Leeds United at Selhurst Park on Saturday, November 7th. Kick-off is at 3pm.

Leeds United 1 – 4 Leicester City: Leicester hand out Premier League reality check to Leeds.

First-half goals from Harvey Barnes and Youri Tielemans, bookended by two poor Patrick Bamford misses, had the Foxes in complete control on a typically wet Yorkshire night.

Leeds have earned many plaudits since their top-flight return and in their previous losses, to Liverpool and Wolves, there were arguments to be made for them deserving something, though the same could not be said here.

Bamford will not be in the Bielsa’s goodbooks after his display infront of goal and it was his tame header on 2 minutes, from just six yards out that allowed Leicester to get ahead in the match early doors.

The Foxes cleared their lines back to Leeds, but Robin Koch’s backpass was off target and short, holding up on the sodden gorund, which allowed Vardy to nip in, tempt keeper Meslier into coming out and tee up Ashely Barnes to finish in an open goal.

It was more Vardy brilliance for the second on 21 minutes too getting to Marc Albrightons cross first with a diving header that Tielemands durly coverted.

Leeds had a chance to pull one back before the break but again Bamford uncharicaristically failed to control Luke Aylings pass when he was clean through and just 12 yards from Kasper Schmeichel’s goal.

Leeds were back in it after the restart after Stuart Dallas’ cross floated into the net but the game was out of sight on on 76 mins despite some good chances for the home side before that point.

Substitute James Maddison sent fellow replacement Cengiz Under clear and he had the presence of mind to stand up a pass for Vardy who did the rest from close to the penalty spot.

It was from the penalty sport that Leicester sealed the win in added time with Tielemans firng in from 12 yards after a VAR awarded penatly after a foul from Klich on Maddison.

Leeds will no doubt take 12th in the table at this stage of the season but Brendon Rodgers will be dreaming of a 2016 repeat as they move up to second and a point of Liverpool at the top.

Watkins rues missed chances after Villa’s unbeaten run ends

The summer signing also rued missed chances as Leeds inflicted the Villans’ first defeat in eight games, a run stretching back to last season.

Watkins pointed to captain Jack Grealish having an effort cleared off the line before Leeds went ahead, and insisted the game could have been different had the chance gone in.

Manager Dean Smith was full of praise for Leeds, who took the points thanks to a clinical hat-trick from Patrick Bamford, and said his side could have been beaten by a wider score line.

Villa are next in action on Sunday when they travel to Southampton, hoping to regain the form that has them sitting third in the Premier League after five games.

Wolves up to sixth after narrow 0-1 victory at Leeds.

The Mexico striker’s tame second-half effort wrong-footed the Leeds United goalkeeper after hitting Kalvin Phillips on the head to seal his side’s third league win of the season.

But in reality, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, who were poor in the first half, were fortunate to leave Elland Road with all three points having been outplayed by Leeds in the first 45mins.

Leeds made a flying start. Patrick Bamford had an early header ruled out for offside and they had a penalty appeal turned down after Helder Costa went down under Joao Moutinho’s challenge.

Rodrigo also headed over and Costa dragged another effort wide after more slick build-up down the right, with Wolves pinned in their own half. Captain Luke Ayling and Rodrigo also squandered good chances in the first half which, had they found the net, could have changed the course of the night of Bielsa’s team.

Wolves woke up in the second half starting the period with a VAR ruled-out goal after the officials deemed Daniel Podence to be in an offside postion. Podence had another chance moments later forcing Meslier into a flying save and suddenly the game looked to be turning in Wolves favour.

It was talismanic striker Raul Jimenez who finally broke the deadlock on the 70th minute after he was allowed far to much time, cutting in from the right and deflecting a shot in off Phillips head which wrong footed Meslier, and the Leeds keeper could only watch the ball hit the opposite corner of his goal.

Pablo Hernandez had a chance to pull it back for Leeds but was denied by a Willy Boly block and even late substitue Raphinha, making his debut in place of Jack Harrison, but failed to carve out a clear opening and Wolves held on.

Leeds United 0 Wolves 1… and up to Sixth.

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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