Fifty percent-time: Leeds – Southampton
A bizarre climax to an open up to start with 50 %, with Che Adams firing in after James Ward-Prowse played a quick cost-free-kick in at the rear of the Leeds defence. Andre Marriner appeared to whistle for Ward-Prowse to get the cost-free-kick but then attempted to halt perform before Adams buried a shot past Meslier. And before that Southampton had a penalty revoked after Marriner adjudged Diego Llorente did not foul Nathan Tella, who fell in the box. Under no circumstances boring!
45+2 min: Ward-Prowse’s in-swinging corner bends to the significantly post and Illan Meslier has to be inform to nudge it to protection. Southampton acquire yet another corner … but this time Armstrong finishes up dragging broad.
45 min: Che Adams thinks he has scored … but Andre Marriner is getting none of it, declaring Southampton did not wait for his whistle. Ward-Prowse slips Adams in, actively playing a quick cost-free-kick after Marriner appears his whistle but the official then blows once more before the ball was fired in earlier Illan Meslier. Confusion reigns!
43 min: Llorente, understandably, does seem a little off the speed.
forty two min: Che Adams gets the most current participant to drop their footing on a pitch that continues to churn.
41 min: Unsurprisingly, no Southampton participant has won additional duels than Romeu in the Leading League this period. That was a monstrous interception.
39 min: Romeu has just designed yet another stonking obstacle, and this time it is a goal-saving intervention. Leeds crack on the counterattack from a Southampton cost-free-kick and Stuart Dallas plays Raphinha via a single-on-a single with Alex McCarthy. He is seemingly established to open up the scoring … but Romeu has some thing to say about it all. Exceptional defending.
36 min: Tella is penalised for a foul but Leeds waste a cost-free-kick from the correct flank, with Raphinha sending a cross straight down the Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy’s throat.
35 min: Hasenhuttl, challenging carried out by by VAR calls in latest months, shakes his head but it seems the correct final decision. Tella steamed into the box and Llorente appeared to pull absent from generating call just in time. It was a swift Saints move that stemmed from additional fantastic separation perform by Oriol Romeu, who nipped in ahead of Mateusz Klich to steal possession.
32 min: Nathan Tella fell in the box but appeared to seek call from Diego Llorente. Down to you, Kevin Friend. Andre Marriner is the referee this evening.
30 min: Stuart Armstrong has been unusually peaceful on his return to the Southampton lineup. Tella has been possibly the liveliest source of power for Saints.
29 min: Ryan Bertrand bursts via on goal and leathers a shot at Illan Meslier … but the Southampton comprehensive-again is pulled up for handball. He has no problems. Bertrand was, worryingly for Leeds, played in extremely quickly.
27 min: … Cooper pokes the ball about the bar, by way of Alex McCarthy’s remaining glove! Raphinha seems to be established to shoot but plays a lovable go out to Diego Llorente, who is completely unmarked. Southampton inadvertently go away Llorente alone and he sends the ball into the 6-lawn box, exactly where Cooper hooks an energy goalwards. McCarthy does well to intervene. The resulting corner arrives to practically nothing but Leeds have upped it in the final couple of minutes.
26 min: Leeds cost-free-kick, 30 yards from goal. Raphinha fancies it …
24 min: Leeds convert up the temperature. Tyler Roberts drives about from just inside the box after Raphinha slides a weighted ball into him. He ought to have carried out improved. Raphinha did superbly in the buildup and Salisu could have presented absent a penalty on yet another working day. He struggled to get to grips with the Brazilian and designed a rash obstacle, but designed no call.
23 min: Leeds check out to pour forward down the remaining flank but, once more, Southampton are sharp to it. Jan Bednarek is at correct-again in the ongoing absence of Kyle Walker-Peters, who is an early contender for Saints’ participant of the period award.
22 min: Bamford goes about in the box but Vestergaard, with a little wry smile, tells him to get on with it. There was practically nothing in that. Up the other conclusion Tella, a former Arsenal academy forward, is on the lookout attained on his comprehensive league debut.
20 min: Bamford tries to weave his way via the readers defence but Southampton snuff the hazard out. “Llorente getting again poses an attention-grabbing dilemma: improved an off-sort defender in the defense or an out of position participant filling in tasks there?” e-mails Giancarlo.
eighteen min: Vestergaard is gobbling all the things up in the Southampton defence. A bit of head tennis ensues – probably they’ve had ample of the actively playing floor – and the towering defender arrives out on top rated.
17 min: The Elland Highway pitch is cutting up relatively heavily.
15 min: If you did not realise previously, Kalvin Phillips is once more lacking for Leeds with a calf injuries. Leeds have won only a single of the 6 league matches he has missed this period. Saints are unquestionably successful the midfield fight at the minute. Romeu and Ward-Prowse are stomping their toes.
thirteen min: Diego Llorente offers the ball absent cheaply and the Leeds defender previously seems to be to be blowing on only his next commence for the club. Vestergaard got Saints shifting on midway and Tella continues to lead to difficulties.
11 min: Tella nudges Ayling about and Leeds acquire a cost-free-kick just inside the Southampton 50 %. On the touchline, Bielsa is bellowing and Ralph roaring. There is no scarcity of enthusiasm on display screen.
ten min: James Ward-Prowse, the Southampton captain, is barking orders, organising his crew-mates and shifting them close to as Leeds probe just after midway. Leeds are still to simply click.
nine min: Saints appear to be actively playing Leeds at their individual video game. Hasenhuttl did advise he designed variations to guarantee his gamers could get their large-press on.
7 min: Romeu does brilliantly to claw the ball absent from Luke Ayling on midway and can help Saints acquire posssession. Nathan Tella, on his comprehensive debut, skates earlier Liam Cooper and tries to deliver a shot arcing to the top rated corner. He does not make clean call but promising things.
5 min: … Vestergaard drops a header just broad of the Leeds goal! Ward-Prowse whips in a unsafe cost-free-kick, it lands on the edge of the 6-lawn box and Vestergaard cranes his neck in front of Patrick Bamford to deliver an energy goalwards. It drops broad. Encouraging commence for Saints.
four min: A large-octane commence at Elland Highway after a some teething difficulties at my conclusion …
Saints kick-off after both of those groups get a knee.
“That unfortunate piece on Gordon McQueen introduced again joyful reminiscences of the big man soaring horizontally about the England defence at Wembley in 1977,” e-mails Justin Kavanagh. “He could protect versus the besty way too. How the existing Leeds crew could use a rock like him at the again these days.”
Marcelo Bielsa has a word pre-match. “The modify is designed since we can depend on Diego Llorente once more and I am in settlement that the functionality was fantastic in the final video game. It is vital in this minute and we hope he can show the attributes that introduced him here. There are no easy game titles in the Leading League, all the groups have highs and lows and I have the sensation that Southampton are recovering the degrees of previously in the period. I am not the greatest competent to explain the opponent’s model, I will go away that to some others who are improved competent.”
Ralph Hasenhüttl speaks and describes why he has remaining Danny Ings on the bench. “When you have seen how intense our final video game was, and today we have probably a single of the most intense of the period, versus a crew who is recognised for their significant working stats. You want contemporary gamers on the pitch. It does not suggest they will not come on.”
Southampton, it is truthful to say, are not leaping up and down with glee at the minute. Their overall of 4 details in 2021 is the most affordable in the Leading League, as is their tally of 6 aims scored. Their solitary victory in twelve matches arrived versus the champions in January.
Some unfortunate information concerning a former Leeds participant:
Workforce information information: there is no Danny Ings or Takumi Minamino in the Saints XI, getting operate them selves into the floor versus Chelsea at St Mary’s 4 days back, but both of those are on the bench. The 21-yr-aged Nathan Tella, an exciting forward, would make his comprehensive Leading League debut as Ralph Hasenhüttl would make three variations. Meanwhile Marcelo Bielsa tweaks things with Diego Llorente returning to the beginning lineup in position of Jamie Shackleton, for only his next commence because a summertime move from Sociedad.
Leeds (four-four-one-one): Meslier Ayling, Cooper, Llorente, Dallas Raphinha, Struijk, Klich, Harrison Roberts Bamford
Subs: Casilla, Alioski, Cresswell, Casey, Costa, Jenkins, Huggins, Hernandez, Gelhardt
Southampton (four-four-2): McCarthy Bednarek, Salisu, Vestergaard, Bertrand Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Tella Adams, Redmond
Subs: Forster, Ramsay, Stephens, Chauke, Jankewitz, Minamino, Djenepo, N’Lundulu, Ings
Referee: Andre Marriner
To Elland Highway, exactly where Marcelo Bielsa’s aspect welcome Southampton in a teatime kick-off. What improved way to commence the evening? Workforce information is imminent. Leeds ended up desperately unfortunate in defeat at Wolves final week whilst Southampton stopped the rot versus Chelsea after 6 straight defeats.