Date: 13 February 2019
Time: 19.45 GMT, 2.45 PM EST, 4.45 PM ART
Venue: Elland Road
Television: Sky Sports Red Button in the UK/Ireland
Streaming: LUTV, iFollow, overseas, Sky GO Extra in the UK/Ireland
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All-time Record: Leeds v Swansea: 19W 7D 11L
Reverse Fixture: 21 August 2018: Swansea 2 - 2 Leeds
Leeds take on Daniel James, Oli McBurnie, and Swansea City at Elland Road tonight, in a match that will likely mean more now than it did before the end of January.
Swansea winger James was all set for a move to Leeds, so much so that he was at Elland Road, had the medical, had his picture taken, and was just waiting for the details to be finished on Swansea’s end. And, infamously, Swansea just never answered the phone and the deal was not completed at the last minute, and their chairman, Huw Jenkins, quit the next day.
If that’s not spicy enough for you, Swansea striker Oli McBurnie is from Leeds and has been a rumoured target for Leeds the past two summers, only for him to sign a new contract at Swansea this past autumn. And of course, McBurnie scored twice in the reverse fixture in Wales.
Bielsa talking up Swansea. Says they've got more potential than they've shown so far and he likes the way they play. He's expecting them to counter-attack. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) February 12, 2019
Swansea are a bit lower on the table than most would have predicted given that the club was just relegated from the Premier League with a few players left over from their time up with the big boys, but they’re currently in 11th place, seven points behind sixth placed Middlesbrough. They’ve only lost once in their last nine games, so perhaps they’re just hitting their stride at the right time of season.
As it stands, McBurnie, Declan John, and Wayne Routledge are all questionable to play in the match, and if McBurnie isn’t able to go, then it will be a good thing for Leeds. As for James? Well, it would be surprising to see him line-up for a team that he thought he’d signed for less than a month ago. Maybe if he does play, he’ll do Leeds a solid and score an own goal, eh?
Forshaw won't be ready for tomorrow's game. The only change will be Hernandez in for Clarke. "The situation with Adam didn't evolve as we thought it would so he won't be in the group tomorrow." #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) February 12, 2019
The lineup looks to be about the same, with the only change being Pablo Hernandez replacing Jack Clarke. Clarke fell ill at Boro, and it sounds like while he’s okay, he’s not going to be playing today, which really is too bad.
Hopefully Leeds won’t leave it late tonight, as it would be nice to get on the board first and perhaps score a few goals not in stoppage time? A win here would go a long ways towards helping Leeds keep up with Norwich City and Sheffield United in the race for the automatic promotion spots. It’s not a “must-win” but rather a “really nice to win.”
So how do you think Leeds will do? Let us know in the comments.