Match: Leeds United v Preston North End
Date: 18 September 2018
Time: 19.45 BST, 2.45 PM EDT, 3.45 PM ART
Venue: Elland Road
Television: Sky Sports Red Button in the UK/Ireland
Streaming: LUTV overseas, Sky GO Extra in UK/Ireland
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All-time Record: Leeds v Preston 20W 12D 25L
Previous Result: Leeds 0 - 2 Preston 28 August, 2018 in the League Cup
Marcelo Bielsa warned Leeds United not to be fooled by Preston’s league position after describing Alex Neil’s struggling side as a “special team”. #lufc @PhilHayYEP ✏️ https://t.co/J6TtmuWRAO— Leeds United News (@LeedsUnitedYEP) September 17, 2018
Leeds will be looking to avenge their only loss in any competition this season as they take on Preston North End for a second time at Elland Road in less than a month.
Despite losing to Preston in the League Cup, Leeds remain undefeated and top of the league while Preston sit in second to last place in the table with a mere five points. Preston has managed only one win all season, coming in their first mach of the season against Queens Park Rangers, and they have yet to win again in the next six Championship matches.
However, Marcelo Bielsa is making sure that the Leeds players are taking this match seriously, as he made sure to remind his players of their earlier disappointing loss to Preston in the League Cup and reinforced the idea that while Preson are struggling in the table, that they are more than capable of handing Leeds another defeat. After all, the only loss that Leeds have suffered this season was at the hands of Preston.
Injury wise, Berardi and Shackleton are getting close. Roofe and Hernandez need more time. But none of them will be involved tomorrow. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) September 17, 2018
Don’t expect much, if any, rotation from Bielsa for the midweek match, especially with the number of injuries that the squad is currently dealing with. Gaetano Berardi and Jamie Shackleton are close to full fitness, but won’t play in tonight’s match. Kemar Roofe, Patrick Bamford, and Pablo Hernandez will also still be out.
Jamal Blackman played in the U23 match yesterday against Sheffield Wednesday, as did Adam Forshaw, so those two will probably be on the bench. Bailey Peacock-Farrell will get the start in net, with Barry Douglas and Luke Ayling as the full-backs, Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper in central defence, Kalvin Phillips as the defensive midfielder, Mateusz Klich and Samu Saiz in central midfield roles. The front three will likely be Gjanni Alioski, Jack Harrison, and Tyler Roberts.
Roberts was unlucky to have not converted any of the chances he had against Millwall, so if he’s able to once again get into good positions, look for him to possibly get a goal today. Otherwise, Leeds’ attacking quality should be too much for Preston and Leeds should remain top of the table after tonight’s match.