PREVIEW: NEWCASTLE UNITED VS LEEDS UNITED

 A look ahead to Friday night’s clash.

Leeds United travel to face Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Friday evening (8pm), in their third Premier League away match of the season.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side have drawn one and lost one on their travels up to now, and will be looking to get that first win of the season when the two teams face on Friday night. Similarly, Newcastle are yet to win on home turf having also lost one and drawn one. 

Last season, the Whites tasted success against the Magpies both home and away. An emphatic 5-2 victory at Elland Road was followed up with a 2-1 success at St James’ Park when Jack Harrison netted a second half winner. 

A third victory in a row would make it the first time that Leeds have achieved that against Friday’s opponents since October, 1967. If the Whites don’t get the three points, it would be the first time since 1946/47 that they haven’t won any of their opening five matches in the top division. 

In what has been a similar start to the season for both teams, Newcastle come into Friday’s match on the back of a heavy defeat at Old Trafford against Manchester United. Leeds will also be looking to bounce back, having suffered a three-goal loss at home to Liverpool last time out. 

The hosts have conceded the most goals in the league so far with 12,  Leeds are just one-goal behind on them on 11 conceded, in what is an unwanted record for both teams.

In the early stages of the Premier League season, a win for either team would see them shoot right up the table as everyone jostles for positions in the early standings. 


Manager/head coach:

Newcastle: Steve Bruce

Leeds: Marcelo Bielsa

Jon Howe




What Marcelo Bielsa said ahead of the match?

“So far this season we’ve played against Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton who are all high up in the table. We played an opponent like Burnley who were also in need of points, like us. The difficulty of the next game is not superior to the games I have just signalled out.”


League position:

Newcastle: 19th

Leeds: 17th


Premier League form:

Newcastle: LLDL

Leeds: LDDL


Top scorer: 

Newcastle: Callum Wilson (2)

Leeds: Luke Ayling, Patrick Bamford, Mateusz Klich, Raphinha (1)


Head to head:

Newcastle: 39

Draws: 18

Leeds: 39


Last Leeds United win at St James’ Park:

Tuesday 26th January, 2021

Premier League 

Newcastle United 1 (Almiron 57’)

Leeds United 2 (Raphinha 17’, Harrison 61’)

Jon Howe




Team news:

Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that three of his four central defensive options are unavailable. Diego Llorente and Robin Koch are still recovering from recent injuries, whereas Pascal Struijk is suspended. Adam Forshaw will be back in training next week and the head coach has also confirmed that Patrick Bamford has no injury concerns.  

Newcastle stopper Karl Darlow is set to return to the squad, but Jonjo Shelvey, Paul Dummett and top-scorer Callum Wilson are all still expected missing on Friday night for the home side. 


Officials:

Referee – Mike Dean

Assistant Referee 1 – Ian Hussin

Assistant Referee 2 – Darren Cann

Fourth Official – Michael Salisbury

Video Assistant Referee – Jarred Gillett


The key battle:

Allan Saint-Maximin vs Kalvin Phillips

The speed, trickery and flair of Saint-Maximin has caused issues throughout the Premier League since his arrival at St James’ Park. Kalvin Phillips is more than accustomed to taking on the role of stopping the opposition and if he can produce a display which stops the Newcastle attacker on Friday, it would go a long way to securing the three points for his side. And, of course, Phillips will have a huge role to play in the Whites going forward as well. 


Latest odds:

Newcastle: 2/1

Draw: 13/5

Leeds: 5/4


How to watch:

The match is being shown live on Sky Sports, with commentary available as always through LUTV. 

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