Match: Leeds United v Charlton Athletic
Date: 22nd July 2020
Time: 19.30 GMT, 14.30 ET, 12.30 PST.
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Streaming/TV coverage: LUTV.
Former Leeds United midfielder Lee Bowyer brings his struggling Charlton Athletic side to Elland Road for the last game of the season, knowing a win will keep the Addicks in the Championship for another season.
"It's in our hands. The teams below us have to win, they are the ones chasing us..."— Charlton Athletic FC (@CAFCofficial) July 21, 2020
The boss insists that the pressure is on the chasing pack tomorrow night...
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Leeds will be without defender Gaetano Berardi, who unfortunately tore his ACL against Derby County and could be out for nine months. It’s expected that Marcelo Bielsa will revert to what he considers to be his strongest line-up, thanks to the injuries that will probably still include former Netherlands youth international Pascal Struijk.
Pascal Struijk vs. Derby:— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) July 19, 2020
87.5% pass acc.
35/40 succ. passes
5 ball recoveries
4/5 succ. long passes
4/7 ground duels won
4 interceptions (most on pitch)
2 successful take-ons
1 tackle won
1 blocked shots
1 chance created
Excellent on his first start. pic.twitter.com/3gDpctPQV4
Don’t play Kiko Casilla please.
Charlton have switched between between three and four at the back in previous games. I would expect Charlton to go for a three at the back again to start with, as I expect them to try and keep it tight at first despite needing a win. They could go with a 3-4-1-2
Charlton striker Lyle Taylor hasn’t played since Lockdown so Macauley Bonne will be the main goal threat. He will be partnered by Josh Davison or Chuks Aneke up front, my money would be on Aneke.
Alfie Doughty will play on the left-side, he has enjoyed a quick rise to prominence having been on loan at Bromley FC in the National League early in the season and is now being tipped for great things by many in their fanbase. Leeds will need to keep an eye on him.
"I owe it to all the staff for sticking with me. They're all a pleasure to work with."@alfiedoughty4 reflects on being named Young Player of the Year...— Charlton Athletic FC (@CAFCofficial) July 21, 2020
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In central midfield, West Ham loanee Josh Cullen and West Bromwich Albion loanee Sam Field are both good players but are likely to sit deep giving freedom to Jake Forster-Caskey/Jonny Williams/Aiden McGeady who may play ahead of them.
Leeds (4-1-4-1): Meslier; Ayling, White, Cooper, Dallas; Struijk; Harrison, Klich, Hernandez, Alioski; Bamford.
Charlton (3-4-1-2): Phillips; Lockyer, Pearce, Sarr; Matthews, Cullen, Field, Doughty; Forster-Caskey; Bonne, Aneke.
Charlton need this more than Leeds, Leeds are better than Charlton. I fancy Luton Town to get at least a point against Blackburn Rovers, but if Luton take the lead then Charlton will have to start attacking. I think Leeds will have too much on the break in that situation and will win 2-0.
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