Burnley will travel to Elland Road this Saturday to take on the Whites, and officially kick off the season. TIAT looks forward to covering this fantastic team in what is sure to be an exciting season for Leeds United.
Burnley Football Club (Clarets)
Last Season's Result: 19th in Premier League:
The Clarets had good fortunes last time at Elland Road with a 2-1 victory. However, the Whites have not been the friendliest of teams at home to Burnley. Leeds have won five of the past six home matches against Burnley, which makes this season opener even more exciting.
We're projecting Burnley to line up in the 4-4-2, and just play a simple game of soccer. The Clarets will feed off of each other, keeping structure when they don't have the ball, and moving forward quickly when they do.
They have physical forwards, and a strong work ethic, while maintaining discipline, and will give the Whites' defense a challenge.
Goal scoring has been the toughest challenge for Burnley, having scored no more than one goal in their past 14 league matches.
But this season is different for Burnley.
Having to deal with not being in the Premier League, they now have the opportunity to thrive with confidence in The Championship, which will make them even more dangerous than they already are.
They won five of their seven preseason matches, giving them confidence and experience. Uwe Rosler and his team have their work cut-out for them.
Leeds United (The Whites)
Last Seasons Result: 15th In The Championship:
After finishing 13th,14th, 15th twice in the past four seasons is nothing to brag about. But there's a sense of hope at Elland Road for this year.
With the signings of players like Chris Wood, Tom Adeyemi, Stuart Dallas, Sol Bamba, and Lee Erwin, give Whites fans something to be excited about. Mix that with the young core of players like Sam Byram, Liam Cook, and Alex Mowatt still with the squad makes this a fantastic looking team.
The Whites are coming off of a pretty good preseason (a few losses, and one win), but the more important part is that they showed fantastic technical ability during the preseason. Plus they're coming off of a win against Everton, which is sure to give them confidence heading into Saturday's game.
Burnley will move the ball forward, which'll make defense very important for the Whites, as well as generating a few good scoring chances will be important for Leeds.
It'll be a VERY close game, but TIAT is projecting a 2-1 win for the Whites. While Burnley will be a contender, there's a fantastic feeling heading into this season for all Whites fans.
Game time is 12:30 local time at Elland Road. The match will be televised on Sky Sports.
It'll be a test for Uwe Rosler who's behind the bench for the first time, but we hope he and his team will prevail.
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