Two wins on the bounce have shifted things at the top of the Championship.
After being hauled back in, Leeds United and West Brom have pulled away at the top again, although it took Bielsa’s men longer than Bilic’s to get going after a slump in form hit both sides.
It means The Baggies are four points clear at the top but, more importantly, Leeds now have a five-point buffer back to third.
The game against Middlesbrough on Wednesday should really be another three points for Leeds.
Boro haven’t won in the last eight games and are now just three points off the drop zone.
Bielsa forced into change
Two wins in a row for Leeds would normally mean an unchanged line-up but two players were hit with injuries in the game against Reading and we think at least one of those will necessitate a change.
Kalvin Phillips limped off in the win against Reading but said afterwards that it was just a dead leg. There’s a chance he could miss out but we’re putting him in the XI – more out of hope than anything else.
The other player to pick up an injury was goalkeeper Kiko Casilla. Illan Meslier was seen warming up at half time but Casilla played through the pain and made a vital save late on.
However, it’s one thing playing through a game in pain and another starting one with a hand injury.
We think he will drop out (and if the injury doesn’t keep him out, the FA could after his hearing last week) and Meslier will make his league debut.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay delivers Twitter update on Kalvin Phillips after injury in 1-0 v Reading