The Leeds United vs Burnley fixture will witness both the clubs meeting each other in the Premier League for the first time ever. The last time these two teams met in the English top-flight was back in the 1975-76 campaign when the Whites got the better of Burnley on both the occasions.
This match is a fascinating one as Bielsa-ball will be up against a resolute Sean Dyche and Burnley. You couldn’t have two more contrasting philosophies in football going head-on and that’s the real beauty of football. Let’s get deeper into both the teams.
Marcelo Bielsa will look to forget their miserable outing at Old Trafford against Manchester United in their previous match and rectify the mistakes they made in that game. It is certain that Leeds won’t change the way they play football and will stick to the philosophies which won them the Championship last season.
They’d look to improve their defensive record as currently, they have conceded the most goals in the Premier League. To make matters worse, they will be without their captain and centre back Liam Cooper in this match who is ruled out due to an abdominal strain. It could mean that Spanish defender and summer signing Diego Llorente will make his home debut for the Whites.
Their previous match at Elland Road was a memorable one, a 5-2 win over Newcastle United. It was their best performance so far in the Premier League and the team would look to take positives from that particular encounter. They will need to be wary of the set-piece threat that Burnley possess and their own record of conceding from set-pieces is the worst in the league.
Leeds are the only side to have both had (216) and faced (214) over 200 shots in the Premier League this season. Their matches are seeing an average of 31 shots so far and only Liverpool’s Premier League games this season (55) have produced more goals than Leeds United’s (54)
As much as Leeds’ attack is free-flowing and eye-catching, Sean Dyche’s Burnley’s defence is something to cherish. They have relentless energy in the midfield and two lethal forwards in Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood.
Burnley are unbeaten in their last four league games against Leeds from their time in the Championship. Their last visit to Yorkshire was an unsuccessful one when they lost 0-3 against Sheffield United last season. They have never lost consecutive matches in the county since October 2011.
Burnley have kept four away clean sheets this season, with only Aston Villa keeping more on the road – 5. The Clarets, however, have conceded an average of four goals per game in the other three away matches. They are up against a relentless attacking team in Leeds who don’t stop till the final whistle.
Burnley winger Dwight McNeil and Robbie Brady are doubtful for this match. Jack Cork and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are both ruled out from this trip to Elland Road.
Leeds United (4-1-4-1): Illan Meslier (GK); Stuart Dallas, Luke Ayling (C), Diego Llorente, Ezgjan Alioski; Kalvin Phillips; Mateusz Klich, Rodrigo Moreno, Jack Harrison, Raphinha; Patrick Bamford
Burnley (4-4-2): Nick Pope (GK); Matthew Lowton, Charlie Taylor, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee (C); Josh Brownhill, Ashley Westwood, Erik Pieters, Jay Rodriguez; Chris Wood, Ashley Barnes
WHERE TO WATCH LEEDS UNITED vs BURNLEY
With the official Premier League broadcast and streaming rights in India being with the Star Sports Network till 2022, select matches will be telecasted live on Star Sports SD and HD TV channels. Online live streaming of the EPL in India for all fixtures can be found on Disney+ Hotstar – Star’s own OTT platform. The match kicks off at 5:30 PM on December 27.
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