On Sunday afternoon, Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur square off in front of a boisterous Elland Road crowd in a crucial final-day Premier League matchup.
While Ryan Mason’s team is in a three-way race with Aston Villa and Brentford for a spot in the Europa Conference League, the Whites simply need to win and hope that results elsewhere go in their favor to save their top-flight bacon.
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Leeds could pull off a last-minute miracle if all of their players were healthy going into the match on Sunday, but ongoing doubts about Bamford and Rodrigo combined with their current injuries could be their undoing.
Spurs are not a difficult opponent to beat, though, and Allardyce’s team should make a few inroads into the Lilywhites’ mediocre defense. However, Mason’s abundance of attacking options can respond to send their opponents to the bottom and give themselves a chance at Conference League qualification.
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Last weekend at the London Stadium, a sumptuous Rodrigo finish gave Leeds the lead against a West Ham United team that was worn out from their European obligations. However, Sam Allardyce’s team was soon dragged back into the rut.
After the halfway point, Declan Rice gave the Hammers a point back, Jarrod Bowen narrowly avoided being offside to score, and Manuel Lanzini put the finishing touches on the victory for the Europa Conference League champions in extra time, putting Leeds on the verge of relegation.
Leeds have failed to do the most crucial thing in a relegation dogfight put points on the board and their fate lies out of their own hands with just 90 minutes remaining after putting up a lot of fight in their losses to Manchester City and Newcastle United.
Only a win will do for Leeds, who are currently 19th in the standings, level on points with Leicester City and two back of Everton. At the same time, they must hope that West Ham can at least hold Leicester to a draw and Bournemouth can defeat Everton at Goodison Park.
Although Leeds have scored goals in each of their last 12 Premier League games, attacking opponents’ defenses have not been the cause of their problems. However, the Whites have gone 13 games without keeping a clean sheet, making it more difficult for them to maintain their top-flight status right now.
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Last weekend’s identical loss for Tottenham at home to London rivals Brentford was yet another blemish on the Lilywhites’ record during a truly forgettable campaign that may result in the North London club’s complete failure to qualify for European competition.
Harry Kane’s rocket of a shot opened the scoring at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but Mason’s team missed several opportunities to double their lead before Bryan Mbeumo’s brace and a late Yoane Wissa goal condemned Spurs to yet another home defeat.
As was the case with their hosts, Tottenham’s season hinges on results this weekend. Holding a subdued end-of-season awards ceremony right after that defeat – in front of thousands of empty seats – humorously summed up Tottenham’s miserable few months since the turn of the year.
With a win, Tottenham will nab a spot in the Europa Conference League, and given that the Lilywhites and Villa both have +4 goal differentials, a draw would be acceptable if the Lions slip up against Brighton & Hove Albion at home. Tottenham is currently in eighth place in the table, one point behind seventh-placed Aston Villa and one better off than Brentford.
The prospect of another Conference League run, however, won’t excite every Lilywhites fan, and Mason brings his team to Elland Road after a terrible nine-game winless road streak since a 3-0 FA Cup victory over Preston North End in January. At the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium earlier this season, Leeds had three lead changes, but the Whites’ efforts ultimately came to nothing in a 4-3 loss.
Another barrage of goals is expected here, but if too many fly past Leeds goalkeeper Joel Robles, the short-lived Premier League homecoming of the hosts may come to an end.
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In the defeat to West Ham, Leeds suffered a double attack blow at the worst possible time, losing Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo to injuries. Allardyce acknowledged after the game that both players were “struggling badly.”
Rodrigo, on the other hand, ought to be able to play once he resumes training, and Bamford’s fitness will eventually be decided. Although Tyler Adams (thigh), Luis Sinisterra (ankle), and Stuart Dallas (thigh) will miss the decisive game, Allardyce will benefit from Junior Firpo’s reinstatement from suspension.
While Wilfried Gnonto and Crysencio Summerville should compete for a starting position out wide, Leeds fans may finally get another look at Georginio Rutter in the center forward position now that both Rodrigo and Bamford are on the road to recovery.
In terms of Tottenham, Rodrigo Bentancur, who scored two goals against Leeds in November, won’t be able to repeat those heroics because of an ACL injury, and Ryan Sessegnon (thigh) and Hugo Lloris (hip) are still receiving treatment.
Injuries sustained in the most recent loss to Villa kept Cristian Romero and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from playing against Brentford. Only the former may be able to play this weekend, and Eric Dier is also out due to groin surgery.
Ivan Perisic and Pedro Porro should be considered for recalls after last week’s disappointing derby loss, and Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski may continue to rotate up front with the former returning to the starting lineup.
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