It’s not often I get a gut-wrenching feeling 3 days before a game. But come Saturday around 3pm I know there are only two outcomes.
Win, and the cushion between Leeds and 7th could be upwards of 8 points. Lose, and we’re back into the lion’s den clutching onto play-off straws. Draw, the plot thickens. If ever a game deserved the term ‘6-pointer’. This is it.
The Whites go into this fixture on the back of a 2-0 and 1-0 win over Bristol City and Norwich respectively. Whilst on paper it would appear Leeds dominated most phases of these games, the performances were far-from the spectacular levels we enjoyed earlier on in the season.
The trip to Bramall Lane is set to be a much tougher test and Leeds can’t expect to be given nearly the number of chances they were afforded this past week. The Blades have lost just one at home all season. Leeds’ offensive line simply needs to be more clinical and take advantage of spells of domination.
Surprisingly, Marcelo Bielsa chose not to rest any key attacking players mid-week but the major change I would expect to be made is the return of Samu Saiz to the starting XI. Saiz’s contribution on tuesday was clear. He’s a player who likes to collect the ball in the central midfield and carry it forward himself, this offers variation from Forshaw who tends to receive the ball and distribute to the wings quickly.
Not to mention, the return of Pontus Jansson from injury. This allows Kalvin Phillips to return to his touted ‘QB’ role, where he’s indisputably having the season of his life.
If a Yorkshire Derby, AKA ‘A No Holds Barred’ match, is one to get the heart racing; Saturday’s occasion is the Indy500 and will go a hell of a long way in deciding where these two end up come May.