03 November 2019 12:35
Leeds United are back in action this afternoon when they host Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road. Marcelo Bielsa's men are looking to return to winning ways following back-to-back draws on the road at Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday that have left them third in the Championship table. A win today against Mark Warburton's side will see Leeds return to the automatic promotion places ahead of West Brom's Monday night clash against Stoke City. QPR make the trip up to Yorkshire sitting eighth in the table and having failed to earn a clean sheet all season, as Leeds hope to increase their efficiency in front of goal. Bielsa has made two changes to his side, bringing skipper Liam Cooper back into the starting XI in place of Gaetano Berardi, while Tyler Roberts is in for the injured Gjanni Alioski - but the big team news is that Eddie Nketiah misses out with an abdominal issue.
Leeds United XI: Casilla, Ayling, White, Cooper, Dallas; Phillips, Harrison, Klich, Roberts, Costa, Bamford Subs: Meslier, Hernandez, Berardi, Gotts, Davis, Bogusz, Clarke Get the latest Leeds United news on WhatsApp! LeedsLive has launched a dedicated WhatsApp news service to keep you up to date on the latest from Elland Road! If you're on your mobile phone right now, CLICK HERE to sign up for free and do make sure to follow the instructions! Visit our dedicated Leeds United page for the latest news, views and analysis from Elland Road. Leeds United 1 (Roberts 39) Queens Park Rangers 0 Leeds: Casilla, Ayling, White, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Roberts, Harrison (Davis 84), Costa (Hernandez 77), Bamford.
Kalvin Phillips struck off target for the Whites after an initial free kick had hit the wall, before Ayling headed over another Leeds set piece. Leeds had another big chance in the 26th minute when Klich played Bamford through on goal with a wonderful pass, but he was unable to take advantage, with Lee Wallace making a last ditch challenge before goalkeeper Liam Kelly saved. Roberts then sent Jack Harrison into the box with a lovely ball, but Bamford was unable to convert his pass across the face of goal, before the striker headed wide under pressure following a Stuart Dallas cross from the right. Harrison showed good skill in the QPR box before picking out Roberts who struck first time into the bottom left corner, netting his first goal of the campaign. Liam Cooper headed wide from a Phillips corner, before QPR came close to equalising. Wells stole possession deep into the Leeds half, with his shot deflecting just wide, with Jordan Hugill just inches away from steering it goal-wards. On the stroke of half time following a corner, Phullips whipped in a second ball, but Bamford couldn't get the better of Kelly with a header, with the QPR stopper making a decent save. Half time: Leeds United 1-0 Queens Park Rangers Leeds started brightly to the second half, first Costa broke down the right, with his cross to Bamford intercepted, before Roberts broke into the box and his ball across the face of goal was just out of the reach of Bamford at full stretch. Roberts had a fine opportunity to net his and Leeds' second go the game, when he was played in at goal, but he could only put the chance over the bar. Klich was next to go close following a Leeds corner, the ball came out to him from the set piece, but he could only volley wide. In the 64th minute, Leeds saw a goal ruled out for offside, with Roberts whipping in a cross from the right and Bamford finding the net with a fine diving header, but the celebrations inside Elland Road were cut short. The visitors then had two opportunities, first Marc Pugh drove forwards before firing wide, before Todd Kane whipped in a lovely cross, but Hugill couldn't direct his header on target. Harrison saw a penalty appeal turned down in the 78th minute, but there was no stopping the winger four minutes later as he netted Leeds' second goal of the game. He broke into the box before trying to find Klich with a pass, which rebounded right back into his path and he calmly slotted home. Roberts almost added a third Leeds goal in stoppage time, following a good break from Davis down the left flank, but he couldn't get the better of Kelly who made a really good stop, with the Whites now four games unbeaten. Full time: Leeds United 2-0 Queens Park Rangers Fixture: Leeds United vs Queens Park Rangers Leeds United have officially confirmed their starting eleven and substitutes to play host to Mark Warburton's QPR outfit at Elland Road this afternoon. The Whites have just completed back to back away games, at Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday, and picked up two points from a possible six. They will be keen to return to winning ways at Elland Road today, but must make do without Barry Douglas and Ezgjan Alioski. Whites head coach Marcelo Bielsa has Kiko Casilla in goal, while in defence he selects Luke Ayling, Ben White, Liam Cooper and Stuart Dallas. Further up the pitch Bielsa will be looking for Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich to control the game, while also selected are Helder Costa, Jack Harrison and Tyler Roberts. Bielsa has options on the bench if he needs to change things against QPR, including Pablo Hernandez and Jack Clarke. Leeds United Team vs QPR Casilla, Ayling, Cooper, White, Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Roberts, Costa, Harrison, Bamford Substitutes: Meslier, Davis, Berardi, Gotts, Hernandez, Clarke, Bogusz