Match: Newport County v Leeds United
Date: 7 January 2018
Time: 12.00 GMT, 7.00 AM EST
Venue: Rodney Parade, Newport, Gwent
Radio: BBC Radio Leeds (not available online)
Streaming: LUTV Audio only.
All-time Record: Leeds United v Newport County 1W 0D 1L
League Cup Fixture: Leeds United 5 - 1 Newport County
Leeds United have drawn Newport County a second straight cup competition, at this time they’ll actually play the match in Wales. Leeds drew Newport County in the League Cup back in August, and because Newport County were in the process of relaying the pitch at Rodney Parade, the Welsh club had to play away from home. Newport was put in the “northern” section of the draw because West Ham United also had to be away in the same round because of issues with the London Stadium.
Leeds hosted the match that was originally drawn as a home match for Newport County at Elland Road, and went out and won the match 5-1, rolling over the Exiles. The highlight of the day was the hat trick by Kemar Roofe, and he even could have scored a fourth goal, as he chipped the goalkeeper, only to see the ball cruelly hit the crossbar and bounce behind the goal.
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Newport County has been more successful this season in League Two than they were last year. The club looked certain to go down, only to escape relegation on the last day and send Hartlepool United down instead. Newport is 11th in the table right now on 39 points, and is only three points out of the playoff places. They have brought in a number of new players to the club, and they might be hitting their stride in the middle of the year, instead of early on when the club was forced into spending much of the first month of the season on the road.
While Leeds was able to easily dispatch the team back in August, the Leeds team that will face Newport County tomorrow will be a bit different, with a number of players missing due to injury. Leeds head coach Thomas Christiansen has already said that Ronaldo Vieira, Caleb Ekuban, Stuart Dallas, and Luke Ayling will all miss the match because of injury. Ayling, Dallas, and Vieira all played in the “reverse” fixture at Elland Road.
Christiansen has already tipped his hand a little bit, saying that Jay-Roy Grot will likely get the start up front at striker. Grot last started the League Cup loss at Leicester City, and got a lot of negative attention after his last performance against Norwich City in the League. Now we’re on record here saying that it’s not Grot’s fault that he’s getting abuse from the fans, so we’re hoping that the young Dutch forward scores a hat trick or heads the ball so hard it breaks the net.
Another player that was involved in the match against Newport County was youth player Madger Gomes. Gomes had an extended run in the first team during preseason, and he had a decent game against Newport County. He’s been playing in the U23s ever since, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing for the player that was signed from the Liverpool youth team.
Gomes didn’t play against Burnley for the U23s yesterday, so look for him to start on one of the wings. He played on the right wing against Newport, but he’s left-footed. Gomes also has been played at left back by Christiansen during the League Cup match against Port Vale. Four other youth players that might get a run out during the match are defenders Oriol Rey, Liam Kitching, and Tom Pearce as well as forward Jack Clarke.
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Besides Gomes, Jack Clarke, who recently signed a professional contract at the club, may also get a start. I would also imagine that with the other absences that Pawel Cibicki, who did not play against Nottingham Forest, would also get a start on the wing. If he’s rested, look for Hadi Sacko to get a rare appearance. Pablo Hernandez started the Leicester City match, and after Eoghan Stokes struggled at the number 10 role, he could be recalled to play in the middle against Newport.
In the central midfield, Mateusz Klich could finally get a start. He’s had limited appearances for the club this season, leading to speculation that he wants out. Without a replacement, and with Eunan O’Kane Ronaldo Vieira both having injuries, expect to see Klich take the pitch. Kalvin Phillips might also line up with Klich, although some of the U23 might get a chance. Conor Shaughnessy might also be in line for a recall to the midfield, but I would imagine that he’d partner Matthew Pennington in central defence instead.
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has been linked with a move away, but he will still likely get the start at left-back for the club. Vurnon Anita will probably be the other fullback, with Conor Shaughnessy and Matthew Pennington partnering in central defence.
In goal, Andy Lonergan will probably get the start, as TC usually seems to like to rotate his goalkeepers for Cup matches.
Predicted Score: Leeds won 5-1, but the scoreline flattered Leeds as Newport played better than the final result showed. However, Leeds should still comfortably handle the League Two side. It won’t be as easy as it was the last time the two teams played, as Leeds are down a few men and have to travel for this away match. 3-0 Leeds.
Leeds United: (4-2-3-1) Lonergan; Anita, Shaughnessy, Pennington, Borthwick-Jackson; Klich, Phillips; Cibicki, Hernandez, Gomes; Grot
Newport County: (5-3-2) Day; Butler, White, O’Brien, Demetriou, Pipe; Tozer, Willmott, Dolan; Nouble, McCoulsky