Leeds United 1-0 Burnley - recap: Post-match reaction as Whites battle past Clarets
The Yorkshire Evening Post's match day blog will bring you all the latest from Elland Road as Leeds United host Burnley in the Premier League.
Marcelo Bielsa's side are looking to bounce back following a 6-2 defeat to rivals Manchester United in the top flight last weekend. Sean Dyche, meanwhile, saw his side claim three points over Wolves on Monday night... can Leeds get back to winning ways for the festive clash?
We'll bring you every kick from LS11 on Sunday afternoon right below...
Leeds United v Burnley - LIVE BLOG
Last updated: Sunday, 27 December, 2020, 11:37
- Leeds host Burnley at Elland Road
- Whites return to Premier League action a week on from Old Trafford
- United have 17 points from 14 games, sitting 15th
- Burnley are 14th four points behind
- Kick-off at Elland Road takes place at 12pm
- FT - Leeds United 1-0 Burnley (RESULT)
- Bamford 4’
Rise and shine!
It’s an early one today, with kick-off at Elland Road at 12pm sharp.
Leeds return to action a week on from a hugely disappointing defeat to Manchester United and will be looking to get back to winning ways.
We’ll bring you all the latest throughout the day right here.
Early Burnley team news
Burnley midfielders Dwight McNeil and Robbie Brady are being monitored ahead of kick-off after limping out against Wolves on Monday.
Sean Dyche said the pair will be assessed ahead of the Elland Road trip along with forward Matej Vydra who missed the game at Turf Moor.
Jack Cork and Johann Berg Gudmundsson have been ruled out despite stepping up their return to training this week.
Early Leeds United team news
Leeds captain Liam Cooper will miss the game with an abdominal strain picked up at Old Trafford.
Fellow defender Diego Llorente, though, has been passed fit while Robin Koch (knee) and Adam Forshaw (hip) are long-term absentees for Marcelo Bielsa.
Predicted line-up - one in, one out?
There will be one change to United’s line-up for certain with Liam Cooper ruled out - the question is who will replace him?
Diego Llorente could come into the heart of defence or Pascal Struijk could also provide an option at the back or even in the middle of midfield.
The latter is due to the fact that Burnley usually opt for a 4-4-2 formation, meaning Marcelo Bielsa is likely to select a 3-3-1-3 which may see Kalvin Phillips drop into defence.
YEP predicted line-up (3-3-1-3 fluid): Meslier, Ayling, Phillips. Llorente, Dallas, Klich, Alioski, Rodrigo, Raphinha, Harrison, Bamford.
Marcelo Bielsa on Burnley
There is no easy game to win [in the Premier League].
All the games are important and all of the points are valuable.
Sean Dyche on Leeds’ style of play
I'm not bothered about anything that they do other than trying to beat them.
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Some interesting movement at Elland Road...
Leeds arrive at Elland Road
BURNLEY TEAM NEWS
LEEDS UNITED TEAM NEWS
Leeds United’s full squad
Struijk comes in for Cooper, no Llorente in the squad.
XI: Meslier, Dallas, Ayling, Struijk, Alioski, Phillips, Klich, Raphinha, Harrison, Rodrigo, Bamford.
Subs: Casilla, Jenkins, Casey, Davis, Shackleton, Costa, Roberts, Hernandez, Poveda.
Jack Harrison ahead of kick-off
Here’s the team news in full
Bielsa on Sky
“The reference that I made for a certain sector, not for everybody. In no way that I think that the analysis made by the press will have an effect on the team. The analysis was useful to see what we had to improve.”