ggood evening and welcome to our Leeds vs Southampton live blog, the Rod Wallace Derby, El Roddio. Kick-off is at 6 p.m. tonight, which should give you time to dive into our live blog post on Chelsea’s potentially exciting game with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League later. We may or may not blog Lazio vs Bayern Munich, but for now on this mild start to Tuesday night our goal is Leeds United vs Southampton in the Premier League.
Leeds have been one of the most exciting teams in the League this season, there haven’t been a dull moments with them and the results have been mixed, to say the least. They come into this game after losing their last two games, away to Arsenal and then Wolves last time around. With only two draws this season, they’ve won ten and lost 12. They haven’t won three games in a row yet or lost three in a row, so on form alone you would mark that as a home win.
Here’s how Leeds fared in their last game against Wolves. But a big part of their success this season is due to the performances of Raphinha, who seems to me to be of absolute quality and surely one of the top two or three players outside the top six. Sam Dean runs the rule over him here. I guess the other two players who have been central to Elland Road team history this season have been Kalvin Phillips, who will sadly be missing tonight due to injury, and Patrick Bamford. JJ Bull asks the question here: is Patrick Bamford really good, or is Leeds making him look deadly?
A better finisher could score closer but could easily deny Leeds the pace of work and tactical sense that Bamford provides, and in a Bielsa side that’s what matters most. The manager has a player who can play the required role of the system while the player enjoys the high value opportunities created for him as a result of the adaptation of the system.
Bamford and Leeds both seek consistency: Southampton, sorry to say, have failed: they lost five of their last six and lost five in a row before scoring a point against Chelsea this weekend. But here’s Jeremy Wilson on Why Ralph Hasenhuttl has one of the most secure jobs in the Premier League – even after record-breaking loss