Monday night will see Leeds United return to Premier League action after October’s international break. Wolves are the visitors at Elland Road and offer another stern test to Marcelo Bielsa.
Leeds have started well with seven points from four games. Monday’s opponents have six from the same amount of fixtures and Wolves’ trip to Elland Road promises to throw up another entertaining 90 minutes.
Our team of Leeds All Over writers – Kris Smith (FA5), Toby Wilding (Neutral) & Alfie Burns (N12) – offer up their predictions..
It’s hard to make heads or tails of Wolves this season with two wins and two losses, the recent 4-0 defeat to West Ham being very uncharacteristic.
They pose serious threats in obvious places with Traore, Podence, Neto and Jimenez, but set-pieces are always going to be a trouble for us against a very competent team aerially.
That being said, it’s a battle I think will be won in the midfield with both sides looking to dictate possession and spread play very quick, but what bodes well for us is our mobility in that area.
It’s a formation we’re not accustomed to facing, which serves Nuno well, and these games were the ones I feared most for dropping points, given our struggles against strong defences and counter-attacks.
I think both teams have enough in the locker to warrant thinking they should win and, for that reason, I’m going for a 1-1 draw.
I’m really looking forward to this one.
This looks like being a game between two really good footballing sides, with plenty of attacking quality.
Having come up against two title chasers and two sides who look set to be battling relegation in their four league games so far this season, this could be the first match Leeds play against a team they could be competing for position with across the course of the season.
As a result, this could be telling as to what to really expect from Marcelo Bielsa’s side over the next few months.
The loss of Cooper and Llorente in defence will be frustrating, but the fact that Koch and Struijk are at least familiar with each other – having paired together at Anfield on the opening day – should at least help the Whites to cope with that.
The return of Pablo Hernandez should give the Wolves back line something else to think about, potentially relieving the pressure on Leeds at the other end of the pitch.
With all that in mind, I would not be at all surprised if this was to end up as a hugely entertaining score draw.
This looks like two sides that are evenly matched going up against each other.
In my mind, Wolves are better than the two sides Leeds have beaten this season – Fulham and Sheffield United – but it’s a more winnable fixture than Liverpool or Man City.
That should come with a warning, though. All of a sudden, pundits and fans are looking at Leeds and expecting them to win these types of games. I’ve not seen anyone back a Wolves win yet!
Nuno Santo’s side deserve respect heading into Monday. What they’ve done in the last three seasons has been outstanding and, if in another couple of years we are where they are, I’ll be delighted.
Raul Jimenez is a huge threat, Ruben Neves is a master of possession and Conor Coady has impressed me on international duty. Their squad is full of quality and if Leeds can post any points from this game, it’d be another tick in the box.
Having said that, Leeds are oozing confidence now and carry a threat of their own. Liam Cooper potentially missing is concern, but we’ve got growing faith in Pascal Struijk.
It’s another game to look forward to and a great Premier League test. I’ll go for an entertaining 1-1 draw.