Southampton 0-2 Leeds United - as it happened: Player ratings and Marcelo Bielsa reaction

Leeds United travel to face Southampton in the Premier League on Tuesday evening - follow every kick live with the Yorkshire Evening Post below.

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 10:14 pm
Patrick Bamford celebrates scoring against Southampton. Pic: Getty

The Whites make their final trip of the 2020/21 top flight campaign as they take on Raplh Hasenhuttl's outfit.

United travel to the south coast to meet the the Saints for both side's penultimate game of the season before the summer commences.

Marcelo Bielsa s squad are looking to consolidate a top half finish tonight, sitting in 10th spot and four points above Aston Villa with two games remaining.

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Southampton, meanwhile, are in 14th position ahead of kick-off with both teams having avoided any worries over the dreaded drop to the Championship.

Tonight's clash will see fans return to the stands at St Mary's stadium and kick-off is set for 6pm in Hampshire.

Follow all the pre-match build-up, in-game updates and post-match reaction below.

LIVE BLOG: Southampton 0-2 Leeds United (full-time)

Last updated: Tuesday, 18 May, 2021, 22:05

  • Leeds travel to Southampton in the Premier League
  • Whites sit 10th, Saints 14th
  • Final away game of the campaign for Leeds
  • St Mary’s will hosts fans this evening
  • Kick-off takes place at 6pm

Our player ratings are in

Welcome to today’s final away game live blog of the 2020/21 campaign - where has this season gone?

Well, never mind because we’re a step closing to seeing fans return on a more permanent basis and that begins tonight.

Southampton will welcome supporters to St Marys for the visit of this this evening.

Kick-off is at 6pm and we’ll have all the latest updates right here as and when we have them.

Stay tuned...

Early Southampton team news

Saints midfielder Oriol Romeu could return after three months out with an ankle injury.

Romeu suffered the issue in the reverse clash at Elland Road but may now return to face the Whites.

Defender Jan Bednarek is also available again after missing the win over Fulham due to a heel problem.

Early Leeds United team news

Marcelo Bielsa has released Mateusz Klich and Robin Koch early for this summer’s delayed Euro 2020 tournament.

The pair will miss United’s final two games of the campaign as they head away from Elland Road early for a rest ahead of international action.

Klich scored the opening goal against Burnley last weekend while Koch missed out with a hip issue at Turf Moor.

Playmaker Pablo Hernandez faces a fitness test while Helder Costa and Adam Forshaw remain out.

Predicted line-up vs Southampton

YEP XI: Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Struijk; Phillips, Dallas, Alioski; Raphinha, Harrison, Rodrigo; Bamford.

What Ralph Hasenhuttl has said

“It is not that surprising, to be honest,” Hasenhuttl said of United’s success this season.

“It is not that surprising, to be honest,” Hasenhuttl said of United’s success this season.

“I know how it feels to be promoted and have a good first season in the big league, I had it with Ingolstadt and I had it with Leipzig.

“The team is always super motivated, the players, it’s a completely new experience when they get the chance to finally compete with the big ones.

“That carries you beyond those tired moments, past the tough moments.

“Leeds have had a few games where they have struggled this season but they have shown that, especially against the big sides, they can show very good performances.

“This was surprising, that they could compete like that against the strong sides in the league.

“They haven’t lost a lot over the last weeks so they are getting better and better.

“This is a tough games but I think we have the chance to show them that we are better than when we last played them.

“I think that game, 3-0, was a little bit of a too-high result. We were unlucky. We know we can do better.”

What Marcelo Bielsa has said

“They are a team who are in a different position in the table with regards to the performances that they have, they have a group of players who are very capable,” Bielsa said.

“And they didn’t finish higher up in the table because they had a series of nine or ten games which was negative but the level of the team is superior to the position they find themselves in in the table.”

Our man in position

Leeds United arrive at Southampton

LEEDS UNITED TEAM NEWS

SOUTHAMPTON TEAM NEWS

Leeds United make three changes

Marcelo Bielsa has made three changes to his starting line-up for the trip to Southampton.

Kiko Casilla comes into goal with Illan Meslier dropping to the bench.

Club captain Liam Cooper replaces Pascal Struijk in defence while Rodrigo slots in behind Patrick Bamford as Mateusz Klich drops out of the squad.

Here’s the team news in full

Kalvin Phillips ahead of kick-off

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