Leeds United will be looking to resurrect their Premier League form with a couple of positive results over upcoming opponents Newcastle United and Leicester City.
The Whites have hit a dip recently and are coming off the back of three consecutive defeats. Their shock exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Crawley Town seems to have knocked the team for six. They stumbled against Brighton last time out, with the Seagulls just doing enough to grab all three points through an early Neal Maupay goal.
In their last ten outings, Leeds have shipped a worrying 18 goals, with big defeats including their 6-2 loss to Manchester United clearly having a knock on their confidence too. But now they must brush themselves off and look to recreate the same magic that saw them beat West Brom 5-0 and hold Manchester City to a draw.
With Newcastle up first, they will be confident they can mirror the reverse result of their 5-2 win a few weeks ago. However, Leicester are a much tougher side and could cause some damage, although the news of Jamie Vardy’s injury may ease their worries slightly.
The leading scorer for the Foxes is set to miss ‘a few weeks’ of Premier League action due to needing a hernia operation, according to The Independent. Whilst this is devastating news for Leicester, Leeds can use his absence to their advantage and look to take home all three points.
As it stands, Marcelo Bielsa is having to field a makeshift centre-back partnership of Liam Cooper and Luke Ayling. Both Robin Koch and Diego Llorente are out of action, leaving very few options in the Leeds ranks.
Vardy has scored 11 goals so far this season and is the fourth-highest scorer in the Premier League, via BBC Sport. His goalscoring ability can seriously damage the opposition and he would undoubtedly have been relishing the challenge to exploit Leeds’ defensive frailties.
But with him out of the picture, the Whites won’t have as much to deal with defensively and should find it a little easier to defend without the influence of the English goal machine.