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Match preview: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN VS LEEDS UNITED

On the back of two polar opposite results at the weekend, will form go out the window in the West Yorkshire derby?

With Leeds United undoubtedly being the most successful West Yorkshire team so far this season it would be expected they would take all three points from The John Smiths stadium in the early kick off on Saturday. However, the last two contests between the two teams, all be it two seasons ago, saw bragging rights sway in Huddersfield’s direction with a 1-0 win at Elland Road and a 2-1 score line on home turf.

Leeds will be heading into the game on the back of an emphatic 4-0 win against Middlesbrough which continued an unbeaten run of eight games. Arguably Leeds’ strongest team in recent years, accompanied with a highly praised manager in Marcelo Bielsa has seen them excel through the season and sit second in the table closely behind West Bromich Albion.

However, a short trip down the M62 tells a much different story. Huddersfield have not had the most comfortable of returns to the Championship, recording just four wins since August but had seemed to find some form under new boss Danny Cowley in recent weeks. The Terriers were put to shame with a 5-2 defeat at Ashton Gate on Saturday, a place Huddersfield have never enjoyed visiting, which may dampen wishes of 3 points against their closest rivals on the 7th.

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Last time out; Michael Hefele secures a Terrier’s victory with last minute winner in an ugly derby game.

Due to the important stake of bragging rights surrounding the game, both sets of supporters will be reliant on their star players turning up. For the Lily Whites, Patrick Bamford will be who they are looking out for to make an impact, just as he has done in recent weeks with 7 goals to his name this season. With a misshapen Huddersfield defence of late, with both first choice full backs in Jaden Brown and Danny Simpson out with injury, it could be an area for Leeds to take advantage. Equally, Huddersfield with be hopeful prolific striker Karlan Grant maintains his impressive goal scoring record for the season, Grant is argued for be Town’s most important player this season and someone they do not want to let go of.

If anything is to go off the last outing against the two sides, the game is set to be a physical, highly fought and possibly ugly. However a game that will surely be enjoyed by both sides and entertaining for the neutral.

Report: Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Leeds United

SHEFFIELD Wednesday and Leeds United played out a goalless draw at a wet Hillsborough on Saturday afternoon.

The Owls and The Whites who are both going for automatic promotion this season cancelled each other out as they had to settle for a point a piece following a 0-0 draw.

It was the hosts who had the games first chance, midfielder Adam Reach, was played through on goal but was denied by a good stop from Leeds keeper’ Kiko Casilla, who raced out of goal to make the stop.

Reach almost got in again after good play from Steven Fletcher, but this time, defender Ben White made a good block to keep his shot out.

It was the Owls who continued to press, Kadeem Harris’ cross found Liam Palmer on the edge of the area, but his effort from 25 yards was brilliantly saved by Casilla before it went behind for a corner.

Leeds’ first chance came when Helder Costa broke into the Sheffield Wednesday’s box and saw his cross cleared for a corner, from the set-piece, defender Luke Ayling couldn’t get his strike away.

Inside the 23rd minute, Costa set up Ezgjan Alioski but his effort from 20-yards was too high and over the top.

With the half drawing to a close both sides won free-kicks. First it was the hosts, but Barry Bannan’s free-kick was poor and easily claimed by Casilla. At the other end, Patrick Bamford was felled by Atdhe Nuihu, but Kalvin Phillips’ delivery wasn’t one of his best and the Owls cleared.

Soon after the first booking of the game arrived when Joey Pelupessy was cautioned for a foul on Costa, before Casilla was forced into action.

Fletcher tried his luck from 25-yards but the Spaniard was equal to it to make a brilliant save, at the other end, Jack Harrison crossed brilliantly for Bamford but only for a superb save from Keiren Westwood kept the scores level.

Half Time: Sheffield Wednesday 0 – Leeds United 0

It was the hosts who started the brighter after the restart, winning a free-kick 25-yards out, Bannan’s effort from the set-piece struck the wall.

Leeds’ first attempt of the second half came on the 50th minute, Harrison to Phillips to strike from 25-yards but his curling effort isn’t far away from finding the top corner.

The Owls’ next move saw Bannan’s lovely centre reach Fletcher but he can’t convert, at the other end, Eddie Nketiah’s effort was thwarted by Westwood. The chances for both teams were pouring in.

Leeds went close to opening the scoring, Nketiah did brilliantly down the left, as he broke into the box, cut back for Harrison whose effort was cleared off the line by Morgan Fox, crossed back in where Alioski sees an header come back off the post.

Harris’ cross-cum-shot was superbly tipped around the post by Casilla who then made another brilliant stop to deny Nuihu.

That was the last meaningful action for either side in the contest, as they kept the pressure on West Bromwich Albion at the top of the Championship.

Full Time: Sheffield Wednesday 0 Leeds United 0

Sheffield Wednesday: Keiren Westwood, Liam Palmer, Morgan Fox, Kadeem Harris, Steven Fletcher, Barry Bannan, Joey Pelupessy (Kieran Lee 84’), Adam Reach, Atdhe Nuhiu (Fernando Forestieri 86’), Sam Hutchinson, Dominic Iorfa. Subs: Cameron Dawson, Sam Winnall, Jordan Thorniley, Jacob Murphy, Moses Odubajo.

Goals: None
Booked: Joey Pelupessy (Foul), Kieran Lee (Foul)

Leeds United: Kiko Casilla, Luke Ayling, Ben White, Patrick Bamford (Eddie Nketiah 45’), Ezgjan Alioski, Stuart Dallas, Helder Costa (Liam Cooper 76’), Jack Harrison, Kalvin Phillips, Gaetano Berardi, Mateusz Klich. Subs: Kamil Miazek, Tyler Roberts, Robbie Gotts, Leif Davis, Jack Clarke.

Goals: None
Booked: None

Referee: Tim Robinson
Assistant Referee: Ian Cooper and Mark Jones
Fourth Official: David Webb

Attendance: 27,516

Leeds Blow Derby Revenge

It was the same old story for Leeds United at Elland Road for the Championship’s early kick off, as the Whites conceded in stoppage time to make it 1-1 against a Derby County side they had previously dominated. 

United bossed the first half, and took the lead through a Max Lowe own goal before Mateusz Klich put a second half penalty wide. That miss proved costly, with Chris Martin sliding in the Rams’ only shot on target of the game in added time. 

“I said to the players ‘stay in the game’ because the way they play – which is really good – they’re expending a lot of energy. To keep this going for 90 minutes is difficult I think”, said Derby manager Phillip Cocu. 

The Dutchman was proved right, as Leeds appeared to blow themselves out after a furious first half.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men went about their business in fine fashion pressing and haranguing Derby, making sure they barely got a look-in. 

Clear openings were slow to come by, but did eventually come as Jack Harrison saw his close range effort saved by Kelle Roos after excellent work from Stuart Dallas on the right. 

The opener was to come just a minute later though. A Kalvin Phillips free-kick was turned back across goal by the flailing leg of Patrick Bamford. Dallas arrived to turn it towards goal and although his strike was saved by Roos, it rebounded back in off the unfortunate Max Lowe. 

Dallas did nearly have his goal soon after as Roos turned over the Northern Irishman’s effort from the edge of the area, before beating away a Jack Harrison strike from a similar range. 

Bamford continued to struggle in front of goal for United after his early season form. The former Middlesbrough man blazed over the bar after being put through on goal at the end of the first half.

The second half saw then saw a completely different Leeds to the first. Perhaps it was the hot weather or the early kick off, but the home side looked sluggish after half time, and their previous intensity fell off a cliff edge. 

More fine play from Dallas on the right saw Bamford hit the post from close range a couple of minutes into the half, but from then on the Whites’ foot was off the accelerator. 

A quiet second half played out, before Bamford earned his side a pivotal penalty in the 69th minute. Pablo Hernandez played the centre forward in, and his weaving run into the Derby box drew out a clumsy challenge. 

Klich stepped up with a slow run-up, just as he had last week against Barnsley successfully. The run-up itself went well, selling Roos completely the opposite way. But Klich, almost comically, was only able to roll the ball the wrong side of the post. 

What was left of United’s energy reserves now seemed to completely dissipate, especially from Klich who had previously had a superb game setting the tempo in midfield. 

Derby began to ease their way back into it and shifted higher and higher up the pitch, with Leeds becoming increasingly bedraggled. 

The moment for the Rams finally came in added time. A ball from the right found Jamie Paterson on the edge of the area, who had made a positive difference for Derby since his introduction. 

He turned neatly and laid the ball on a plate for fellow substitute Martin, who cooly placed the ball past Kiko Casilla. 

Regardless of the fact that Leeds had slipped off in the second half, it was a somewhat undeserved point for County. Leeds will be ruing missed opportunities as more home points slip through their grasp.

Barnsley 0-2 Leeds United: Whites fitness told as they win Yorkshire Derby

LEEDS United beat Barnsley 2-0 at Oakwell on Sunday afternoon in a pulsating Yorkshire Derby.

Second half goals from Eddie Nketiah and Mateusz Klich secured all three points for Marcelo Bielsa’s troops as they marched back to the top of the table.

Barnsley played well in parts

For biggest parts of the first period of this Yorkshire Derby, Barnsley, who were the home side, showed some good movement as they tried to break the deadlock, trying to stop their West Yorkshire rivals winning consecutive games against the Tykes.

Former Whites player Mallik Wilks looked to cause a few problems for the Leeds defence. However, selfishly going for goals over assists he squandered a good opportunity, and being at a tight angle failed to beat ex Real Madrid keeper Kiko Casilla in goal.

In the second half Casilla had to produce a good stop to deny a Tykes chance on the goal-line, but what the Whites shot stopper  didn’t know that Aapo Halme a fellow ex Leeds player had blocked an header on the line and in doing so was in an offside position.

Substitutions changed the game for Leeds

The fitness levels for Leeds in the last minutes helped them claim the deserved victory, extra energy coming from substitutions definitely helped.

Bringing Helder Costa on at the break for Jack Harrison and Eddie Nketiah for Patrick Bamford with twenty minutes remaining changed the complexion of the game in the favour of Bielsa’s troops.

The fresh legs and ideas that both Costa and Nketiah helped the Whites get over the line in a game which looked to be heading for a goalless draw.

First real involvement for Costa forced Dimitri Cavare into fouling the on-loan Wolverhampton Wanderers winger, from the free-kick which followed, Leeds scored.

Kalvin Phillips, who recently signed a new five-year deal at Leeds, whipped in the free-kick to the back post, skipper Liam Cooper missed it but Nketiah followed in around the back to volley home at the back post.

Nketiah was involved in the second goal aswell after winning a penalty following a foul by Halme on the on-loan Arsenal man.

Polish international Klich calmly slotted the penalty home, giving the travelling fans more reasons to celebrate as they bounced back from a 1-0 defeat last time out against Swansea.

Leeds caused commotion in the stands

Following the opening goal of the game by Nketiah, Leeds fans began to celebrate the goal – out of nowhere a steward raced towards the supporters celebrating their teams opening goal.

The steward seemingly unfairly picked out a certain individual and pushed him down to the ground, before grabbing him around the throat before escorting him away from the ground which lead to the fan getting arrested.

Perfect Response From Leeds

Overall it was a perfect response from the Whites. Losing before the international break, and then returning to winning ways and also returning at the summit at the top of the Championship table.

The next game for Leeds is a re-run of the play-off semi-final from last season, as Derby County arrive at Elland Road on Saturday 21 September – kick-off 12.30pm, you can watch that game live on Sky Sports.

Swansea City: Who is Dan James?

That was a question being asked by a lot of people this week, especially outside of Wales, when Dan James, scored on his full debut for Wales

So who is Dan James?

 

He is a winger, yes that dying breed of wide player, who plays for Swansea City, they who are currently in the EFL Championship under the guidance of Graham Potter, the likeable and unassuming English Manager, who was in charge of Ostersunds, when they beat Arsenal in the Europa League last season

James, is a rising star for Swansea, but such have been his performances, that they have drawn attention from Clubs such as fellow Championship rivals Leeds United, who had a £10 million bid accepted and had agreed terms with the player, before Swansea pulled the plug at the last minute… A move they are glad they did given his form this season.

His goal for Wales, is only going to see his stock rise further in this crazy football market.

James is contracted to Swansea until the summer of 2020, and speculation about where he might end up, have not been helped by the fact that Swansea have admitted there will be redundancies this summer, with all Football Staff, both playing and admin wise, with the exceptions of Graham Potter and his management team.

As Manager Graham Potter explained recently

“My thing with Dan is quite consistent. He hasn’t indicated anything other than he wants to be here, he wants to play and improve, and it is my responsibility to help him do that.

“The rest is a process we will have to do behind the scenes.

“You have to find a solution for everybody and that’s where we are at.

“Progress is being made, as with a lot of other players. We have those conversations and when we have something to announce, we will announce it.”

 

There is no doubting he is hot property at this time, and it could be suggested, that he is premier league quality, which is why Swansea pulled the plug on the Leeds Switch.

No disrespect to Leeds, but they are playing good football, in the top two in the Championship, but as it well known in football, that doesn’t guarantee a Premiership return.

There are a host of clubs, including Arsenal and Newcastle after him and these two clubs might suit him in terms of getting more game time, than somewhere like Man City, where it is likely he will be on the bench or even loaned out to get more experience.

One thing for sure is that this summer is going to be an exciting time for Dan James.