Everton 1 Leeds United 0: Reaction and analysis as defeat sends Whites second-bottom

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Leeds United face a massive fixture at Everton today as third-bottom hosts fourth-bottom in a 3pm relegation-battle cruncher at Goodison Park.

Under-21s boss Michael Skubala is taking his third game in caretaker charge of the managerless Whites who sit 17th in the Premier League table and only outside of the division’s drop zone by a point.

This afternoon’s hosts Everton are the side directly below them meaning Leeds would fall into the division’s relegation zone with a defeat but a victory could take the Whites four points clear of the bottom three.

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Second-bottom Bournemouth are level on points with Everton and the Cherries visit 15th-placed Wolves today, also in a 3pm kick-off. Our live blog from Goodison Park will bring you live match updates and analysis followed by reaction from both camps.

Everton 1 Leeds United 0 recap

Key Events

  • 3pm kick-off at Goodison Park
  • Leeds unchanged

Leeds United’s predicted XI

Good afternoon from Goodison Park

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Both the 09.15 and 10.15 from Leeds to Liverpool Lime Street were cancelled this morning at late notice which meant a scramble all round for folk instead getting the 8.15 which was predictably packed. But all good fun and it is only hoped that those set for the later trains manage to get here. There seemed to be a general sense of optimism among fans. What’s for certain is that either Everton or Leeds will end the day in the bottom three and Leeds badly need to make sure it’s not them. Six points from this and next weekend’s hosting of Southampton will paint a different picture and a needed one. Defeat today doesn’t bare thinking about. A huge afternoon. Team news at 2pm.

Everton’s players

Several have already taken to the turf to check out the Goodison Park pitch which looks in excellent condition. Iwobi posed for a photograph with a big group who then all got drenched by the sprinklers. Coady one of the first men out.

Ayling the first one out

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Is with the squad, did not feature in the training video. Cooper is also here. Not seen Roca.

Leeds United v Everton: Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Wober, Firpo; Adams, McKennie, Harrison; Summerville, Gnonto, Bamford.

Leeds subs: Robles, Cooper, Montiero, Kristensen, Gyabi, Greenwood, Aaronson, Joseph, Rutter.