Leeds United - El Loco in the Premier League

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  • exercisebike
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    19 April 2019 - 15:16

    Leeds United’s Spanish wizard, Pablo Hernandez, stands over the penalty spot. Leeds have just been awarded a penalty against Wigan for a dubious handball on the line, and have a great chance to take the lead in this must-win game.

    Hernandez hits the ball towards the bottom right, and it brushes the post on its way into the net. The Spaniard runs off towards the Kop in celebration, kissing his wrist as he goes.

    Patrick Bamford adds a second goal a minute later, and Leeds comfortably beat the 10 men of Wigan 2-0.

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    22 April 2019 - 17:37

    Patrick Bamford controls the ball and dribbles into the area, before being felled by Brentford defender Jeanvier. The Telegraph call it, “the clearest penalty you will ever see.” Bamford picks himself up, dusts himself off and slots the penalty. Leeds beat Brentford 1-0, and now only need 2 points from their last 2 games to seal promotion.

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    5 May 2019 - 13:50

    Following last week’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa - which included the incredible scenes of Bielsa allowing Villa to walk a goal in - Leeds need only one point from their trip to Ipswich to finally return to the Premier League. However, already relegated Ipswich are making Leeds work for it, and the score is 2-2 when Leeds are awarded a penalty in the 79th minute.

    Kemar Roofe slips as he kicks the ball, and it smashes into the bar, bounces on the line, and bounces out. Everybody holds their breath. The referee blows his whistle and points to halfway; Leeds have the lead and are 10 minutes away from the Promised Land...
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  • exercisebike
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    edited November 2019
    Unfortunately, in reality, the three games above did not go as well as Leeds needed them to. Pablo missed the penalty, and Wigan managed to win 2-1, despite Leeds having 36 shots. Against Brentford, Keith Stroud didn’t award the penalty and Leeds lost 2-0. Finally, against Ipswich, Roofe’s slip meant his penalty went over the bar and the game ended 3-2 to the Championship’s bottom team. And we all know what happened with Derby in the playoffs...

    In my alternate reality, Leeds beat Sheffield United to promotion (who then lost to Derby, who then lost to Aston Villa) and finally returned to the Premier League after 15 seasons away.

    I decided to restart to utilise the new facescans, as well as those from the promoted teams (when they’re added). I’ve seen a few people here doing the same. I also thought things would be much more interesting in the Premier League.

    Looking forward to getting started!
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  • exercisebike
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    Leeds United 1-3 Manchester United

    Klich (LUFC) - 45’
    Rashford (MUFC) - 53’
    James (MUFC) - 85’
    Matic (MUFC) - 90’

    New Manchester United signing Daniel James - who had a Leeds medical in January - has come back to haunt the newly-promoted team, scoring a late winner and assisting the third goal in Manchester United’s friendly win over Leeds in Perth, Australia. Mateusz Klich had given Leeds the advantage at the end of the first half with a cool finish.
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  • Ashy
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    Nice alternate reality story going on here, I look forward to it, Leeds United are a club close to me so I will be keeping a very close eye on how you do with them, a sleeping giant.

    Pre-season not off to the best of starts but I bet that was a feisty game with United a big rival from the past
  • exercisebike
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    Ashy wrote: »
    Nice alternate reality story going on here, I look forward to it, Leeds United are a club close to me so I will be keeping a very close eye on how you do with them, a sleeping giant.

    Pre-season not off to the best of starts but I bet that was a feisty game with United a big rival from the past

    They had 3 yellow cards, which is basically the equivalent of an all-in brawl on FIFA. I was happy with the game, as it was very even for 85 minutes and then we ran out of legs. Western Sydney Wanderers up next.
  • exercisebike
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    Western Sydney 3-4 Leeds United

    Meier (WSW) - 4’
    Costa (LUFC) - 17’
    Clarke (LUFC) - 22’
    Costa (LUFC) - 25’
    Duke (WSW) - 54’
    Duke (WSW) - 90’
    Bogusz (LUFC) - 90’

    Western Sydney Wanderers’ first game at the newly constructed BankWest Stadium was an instant classic, although the A-League side won’t be happy with the result. Leeds had been 2 goals up at half-time, but Mitch Duke thought he had secured a draw with his stoppage-time header. However, Bogusz’ fine finish with the last kick of the game won the game for Leeds.
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  • exercisebike
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    Cagliari 2-3 Leeds United

    Klich (LUFC) - 13’, 74’
    Simeone (CAG) - 45’
    Castro (CAG) - 48’
    Own goal (LUFC) - 60’

    Mateusz Klich continued his hot form, scoring twice and forcing an own goal to bring his pre-season goal tally to three, as Leeds ramp up preparations for their return to the Premier League. Leeds will now return to England ahead of their season opener away to Bournemouth.
  • DB1512
    467 posts Sunday League Hero
    I like the concept of putting Leeds into the PL. A lot of goals in the friendlies, Klich looks like the man the danger comes from. Know him from his time in the Eredivisie at PEC and FC Twente, quit a creative midfielder but never much of a goalscorer, hope he can continue his scoringdrift.
  • lenny0121
    43 posts Last Pick at the Park
    I'm playing with Leeds on my career mode. Got them out of the Championship in my first season, finishing 2nd with 117pts due to the ridiculous points tally some teams are getting...
    I've just started in the prem & was given an £80m transfer budget. I've bought a few decent players & some promising youngsters
  • exercisebike
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    DB1512 wrote: »
    I like the concept of putting Leeds into the PL. A lot of goals in the friendlies, Klich looks like the man the danger comes from. Know him from his time in the Eredivisie at PEC and FC Twente, quit a creative midfielder but never much of a goalscorer, hope he can continue his scoringdrift.

    He’s had an interesting Leeds career - totally frozen out during his first season and loaned to the Eredivisie, and then played every single game under Bielsa. I’m playing him as an 8, but with instructions to get forward. I’m planning to post a more detailed tactical breakdown soon. Thanks for the comment!
  • exercisebike
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    edited November 2019
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    Leeds United Takeover Rumours Grow

    Leeds United’s promotion to the Premier League has attracted worldwide interest, including in Qatar it seems, as Qatar Sports Investment (QSI) step up their interest in the English club.

    Andrea Radrizzani (left) and Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi (right - pictured above in 2013) are friends through their respective sports broadcasting companies Eleven Sports and beIN Sports, which may help to expedite any potential takeover.

    There also remains a possibility that Radrizzani may not sell all of his shares, and will retain a controlling stake at Leeds.
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  • exercisebike
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    edited November 2019
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    Leeds United open their first Premier League season since 2003/04 with trips to Bournemouth and Chelsea, with successive home games against Crystal Palace and Leicester City sandwiched in between:

    10 August 2019 - Bournemouth vs Leeds United

    Bournemouth will not have fond memories of a previous Leeds United visit - on May 5, 1990, Leeds were able to secure the Second Division title with a 1-0 win at Dean Court. In the celebrations, 104 people were arrested and 12 police officers injured. These days, most people will be more interested in the tactical battle between Eddie Howe and Marcelo Bielsa - two proponents of stylish, passing football.

    18 August 2019 - Leeds United vs Crystal Palace

    There will be a party atmosphere at Elland Road, with Leeds’ clash against Crystal Palace the first Premier League game at the ground since a 3-3 draw against Charlton Athletic in May 2004.

    24 August 2019 - Leeds United vs Leicester City

    In the 2008-09 season, both of these clubs were in League One. While Leicester have certainly achieved more since then, both clubs are on an upwards trajectory and this should be an exciting game between two attacking teams.

    31 August 2019 - Chelsea vs Leeds United

    A rivalry dating back to physical encounters in the 1960s and 70s, including the 1970 FA Cup final, will have a modern twist on it, with Marcelo Bielsa and Frank Lampard meeting for the first time since last season’s ‘Spygate’ scandal. Bielsa beat Lampard twice last season: 4-1 away and 2-0 at home.

    Post your predictions in the comments below 👇
  • Stlducks
    3121 posts National Call-Up
    Great preview, I think Leeds can beat Bournemouth and Palace but I don't see you beating Chelsea or Leicester yet.

    This first season I'm guessing you will be 10-16 range like Bournemouth and Palace so those should be good matches.
  • exercisebike
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    Bournemouth 0-0 Leeds United

    Leeds United’s return to the Premier League was surprisingly low on drama, with this game being played predominantly in midfield. Both sides had late chances - Kiko Casilla saved a one-on-one chance from Ryan Fraser in the 87th minute, while Artur Boruc kept Stuart Dallas out from point blank range in stoppage time.
  • exercisebike
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    edited November 2019
    Redeveloped Elland Road Revealed Ahead of Crystal Palace Game

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    The redeveloped West Stand

    Work has been completed ahead of the return of Premier League football to Elland Road, with the capacity increasing from 37,890 to approximately 54,000. The West Stand (pictured above) has had a third tier added, ensuring that the stadium will have large stands along both sidelines.

    In addition, both the Don Revie and South Stand have been expanded, as shown below.

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    The East and South Stands

    Managing Director Angus Kinnear stated that, with the increased capacity and revenue, Leeds “would be able to establish themselves as a Premier League club and set our sights on European qualification in the coming seasons.”
  • DB1512
    467 posts Sunday League Hero
    A goaless draw at Bournemouth isn't that bad, points have to came at your own ground to prevent relegation. Also nice introduction of the stadium!
  • exercisebike
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    Stlducks wrote: »
    Great preview, I think Leeds can beat Bournemouth and Palace but I don't see you beating Chelsea or Leicester yet.

    This first season I'm guessing you will be 10-16 range like Bournemouth and Palace so those should be good matches.

    The Palace game is the biggest of the month in my opinion, because we need at least one win.
    DB1512 wrote: »
    A goaless draw at Bournemouth isn't that bad, points have to came at your own ground to prevent relegation. Also nice introduction of the stadium!

    Absolutely - the Palace game is huge now.
  • JoshDFC
    2146 posts Fans' Favourite
    With how difficult the two games are after Palace I feel getting a result is crucial for the team to avoid relegation. A bad run at the start is the worst thing that can happen
  • lenny0121
    43 posts Last Pick at the Park
    Have you made any signings?
  • exercisebike
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    lenny0121 wrote: »
    Have you made any signings?

    I’ve turned windows off for the first window. Something about not wanting to overspend now we’re in the Premier League/Radz being cheap as he looks for investment. I also believe that our current squad could compete in the PL in real life and wanted to test the theory.
  • lenny0121
    43 posts Last Pick at the Park
    lenny0121 wrote: »
    Have you made any signings?

    I’ve turned windows off for the first window. Something about not wanting to overspend now we’re in the Premier League/Radz being cheap as he looks for investment. I also believe that our current squad could compete in the PL in real life and wanted to test the theory.

    Fair enough, keeps it realistic... Maybe some in January :smile:
    Hopefully goals aren't a problem
  • exercisebike
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    Leeds United 1-0 Crystal Palace

    Bamford - 83’

    The return of Premier League football to Elland Road looked set to be Leeds’ second 0-0 draw of the season before Patrick Bamford scored a late winner. There was an element of luck with the goal, as Bamford’s volley from a tight angle deflected off Hennessey on the goal line and in.

    Crystal Palace have lost their first two games now - following a 2-1 defeat at home to Everton - and travel to Old Trafford next. Leeds’ next match is at home to Leicester City.
  • DB1512
    467 posts Sunday League Hero
    Great late game winner, despite the luck you had it must feel great to win your first three points in the PL. The Leicester game will be tough, the most surprising team in the Premier League so far if you ask me.
  • exercisebike
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    DB1512 wrote: »
    Great late game winner, despite the luck you had it must feel great to win your first three points in the PL. The Leicester game will be tough, the most surprising team in the Premier League so far if you ask me.

    Certainly surprising in real life, but their form in game is a bit more patchy...
  • exercisebike
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    Leeds United 1-1 Leicester City

    Klich (P) - 9’
    Vardy - 18’

    Leeds continued their unbeaten return to the Premier League with a creditable draw against Leicester in an open game. Klich confidently slotted a penalty awarded for a dubious foul on Costa by Ben Chilwell, but Leicester soon equalised when Maddison and Tielemans cut Leeds’ defence open, giving Vardy an easy finish.

    Leicester next host Bournemouth having drawn their first three games of the season. Leeds’ travel to Stamford Bridge for a grudge match against Chelsea and Frank Lampard, who beat Norwich 2-0 away last time out.
  • WestardLord
    1950 posts Play-Off Hero
    Still holding strong, it seems. Team needs a little something extra to convert those draws into wins.
  • Stlducks
    3121 posts National Call-Up
    Win over Palace and a draw against Leicester are both good results at this stage. Hopefully these draws turn into wins the more the team plays together.
  • exercisebike
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    Still holding strong, it seems. Team needs a little something extra to convert those draws into wins.
    Stlducks wrote: »
    Win over Palace and a draw against Leicester are both good results at this stage. Hopefully these draws turn into wins the more the team plays together.

    Hopefully. I have to say, FIFA does a very good job replicating Leeds. I’m creating plenty of chances but just struggling to put them away.
  • JoshDFC
    2146 posts Fans' Favourite
    Three games in and he team remains unbeaten with five points from a possible nine
  • lenny0121
    43 posts Last Pick at the Park
    Given up on Career Mode like everyone else??
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