Marcelo Bielsa leads Leeds United back into action tomorrow evening against Aston Villa.
Leeds have had little time to dwell on Monday night’s defeat to Wolves, with Aston Villa awaiting them at Villa Park on Friday Night Football.
Kalvin Phillips is absent for Leeds, which only adds to the uphill task they face against the Premier League’s remaining 100% record.
Here, our writers – Kris (FA5), Toby (Neutral) and Alfie (N12) – deliver their view on the clash at Villa Park.
It’s bound to be yet another very tough game with how Aston Villa are playing at the moment. They’ll be bang up for this.
Four wins on the bounce tells you all you need to know about their start to the season, and they look so much more balanced than last season.
Bringing in Ross Barkley has got the best out of John McGinn and Jack Grealish in the final third, with Ollie Watkins now a great focal point to stretch defences.
Our defeat against Wolves was something we’re used to under Bielsa, controlling possession but being hit with a sucker punch by a resolute set-up, but I doubt this game will play out in the same fashion.
Both sides will be going for the win and that’s why I think there’ll be goals, but I’m sitting on the fence and going for a 2-2 draw.
It feels like this game has probably come at a bad time for Leeds.
Villa are riding the crest of a wave following their impressive start to the season, and will no doubt be brimming with confidence going into this one.
With the likes of Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley pulling the strings for Villa in the attacking midfield positions, the absence of Kalvin Phillips as a shield in front of the back four may be keenly felt for Leeds.
That will, of course, not be the helped by the fact that the Whites’ back four has been in the wars itself recently.
Even so, Leeds showed against Wolves on Monday that they have enough in attack to cause problems for the Villa defence, even if it may not be as fragile as it was last season.
As a result, I can see this being a tight encounter. It wouldn’t surprise me if this is decided by one goal either way.
It’s not been a great week at all.
We performed well against Wolves, but lost our way in the second-half and that defeat might prove to be a little bit of a lesson in the long-run. Hopefully we can learn.
The lasting damage of it has carried into the latter stage of the week too, with Kalvin Phillips now missing for six weeks. That’s a massive blow given his importance and he’s going to be sorely missed at Villa Park and beyond.
I’ve faith in Pascal Struijk stepping up tomorrow, but then we’ve got another defensive reshuffle.
What’s a concern for me is how disjointed our side is going to be and how structured Villa’s is at the moment.
They’ve some really classy players in their side and Grealish-Barkley-McGinn-Watkins can give us some real problems. It’s absolutely vital we don’t go a goal down. If we do, I feel like it might be curtains.
However, I’ll back the boys to bounce back in a fashion and take Villa’s first points off them this season. 1-1.