Match: Norwich City v Leeds United
Date: 25 August 2018
Time: 15.00 BST, 10.00 AM EDT, 11.00 AM ART
Venue: Carrow Road
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All-time Record: Leeds United v Norwich City 22W 16D 19L
Previous League Results: Leeds 1-0 Norwich 16 Dec 2017, Norwich 2-1 Leeds 28 April 2018
Bielsa not planning changes, or many, this weekend. Says there will be plenty for the League Cup tie against Preston next Tuesday. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 23, 2018
Leeds will take on Norwich at Carrow Road this weekend after playing to a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea City on Tuesday.
Marcelo Bielsa isn’t a terribly big fan of massive changes or huge rotations, at least not at this point in the season, so expect to see a very similar side to the one that faced off against Swansea.
The only real question will be if Pontus Jansson plays in the backline, as he was held out of the Swansea clash because of a back issue, and with Liam Cooper out a few weeks with a hamstring issue, their might be some changes in the defence.
If Jansson is unable to start, Bielsa has two choices, either to move to Luke Ayling to central defence, as he did against Swansea, or to put Conor Shaughnessy into the lineup. Shaughnessy did well a few times last season at centreback when pressed into duty due to injury or suspension before suffering an injury in January. He hasn’t played in a competitive fixture in over seven months, so perhaps it’s best if he comes off the bench.
Jamie Shackleton did a good job going forward playing as a right back against Swansea, so perhaps Bielsa will use the same lineup again.
Norwich comes into the match in 15th place on the table on four points, with their first win of the season coming in the midweek against Preston. Norwich scored two late goals to pull off the first win of the season.
Leeds will be favoured going into this match, but Norwich’s record doesn’t do the team justice. Jordan Rhodes is a quality Championship striker, and while Angus Gunn has gone to Southampton after a year on loan from Manchester City, Tim Krul is a more than adequate replacement.
Will Leeds be able to keep their undefeated start to the season? Or will Norwich be able to start a streak of their own?