Match: Leeds United v Hull City
Date: 29 December 2018
Time: 15.00 BST, 10.00 AM EDT, 12.00 ART
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds, England
Streaming: LUTV, iFollow,
All-time Record: Leeds v Hull: 23W 12D 14L
Reverse Fixture: 2 October 2018 Hull 0 - 1 Leeds
Leeds United take on Hull City Elland Road, looking for a more comfortable win than they’ve had the past two matches. Hull sit 15th place on 30 points, but they have collected almost half of those points in the past six matches. They’ve gotten 14 points on this unbeaten run, but they’re going to be hurt as Australia international midfielder Jackson Irvine will miss this match because of duty with his national team in the Asian Cup.
Bielsa felt the late drama obscured the fact that it was a game his team deserved to win. "It's a little bit unfair to define it like that. We deserved to win the game in another manner. We couldn't say it was unfair for us to win because we did all that had to be done." #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) December 26, 2018
Leeds are coming off of two dramatic last minute wins that featured Kemar Roofe scoring goals in stoppage time to send Leeds fans into rapture while the other team looked on in horror. Both matches, however, were games that featured Leeds with the lion’s share of chances and the team looked to be by far the better side on the day. While dramatic, it would be easier on everyone if Leeds just took care of business much earlier on in the match, rather than depend on late-game heroics to get all three points.
Leeds will also be looking to extend their seven match winning streak and put some more distance between themselves and the playoff spots. Going into tomorrow’s game, Leeds are six points ahead of third place and 14 points ahead of 7th place, making it seem all the more likely that Leeds will near the top of the table in April.
Marcelo Bielsa has been unwilling to change the lineup very much, with the exception of injury forcing his hand, so expect to see an unchanged lineup, or one that has very little tinkering done to it. It seems that Jack Clarke will continue to be an impact sub rather than starter, at least for now, so the lineup that faced Blackburn Rovers will probably be exactly the same, and if it wasn’t for Barry Douglas getting ill before the Aston Villa game, it would be the exact same lineup three matches in a row for Leeds with the return of Luke Ayling to the lineup.
Here’s hoping that Leeds dominate the second match against Hull as they did the first, but would it be too much to ask for the difference to be more than just a single goal from Tyler Roberts this time around.