Leeds v Everton: match preview

Leeds v Everton: match preview

Elland Road is sold out as two of the finest coaches of their generation cross swords in English football for the first time. Marcelo Bielsa will be anxious to atone for last weekend’s 5-1 reverse at Manchester United but the return of Leeds supporters for the first time since the pandemic struck in March 2020 should offer his side a welcome adrenaline boost. Not that Bielsa is about to underestimate Rafael Benítez as Everton’s new manager plots a second straight Premier League win. “Benítez has been successful because he puts together compact teams and always gets the maximum from his players,” said Bielsa. “His teams are always hard to beat.” Louise Taylor

Saturday 3pm

Venue Elland Road

Last season Leeds 1 Everton 2

Referee Darren England

This season n/a

Odds H 6-4 A 2-1 D 13-5

Subs from Klaesson, Struijk, Roberts, Shackleton, Rodrigo, Costa, Forshaw, Greenwood, Summerville

Doubtful Phillips (match fitness)

Injured Llorente (knock, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y2 R0

Form L

Leading scorer Ayling 1

Subs from Begovic, Lonergan, Kenny, Mina, Branthwaite, Nkounkou, Iwobi, Davies, Delph, Kean, Dobbin, Gordon

Doubtful None

Injured Rodríguez, Godfrey, Gbamin (all self-isolating, unknown), Gomes (knock, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y2 R0

Form W

Leading scorers Calvert-Lewin, Doucouré, Richarlison 1