Leeds United might have injury issues ahead of Wednesday night’s game at Elland Road but Everton have a big problem of their own.
Talking in his pre-match press conference, Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that England keeper Jordan Pickford is out after picking up an injury in the game against Newcastle.
He also said that Allan and Jean-Philippe Gbamin would be out, although former Leeds player Fabian Delph is back.
The team news was relayed by BBC Merseyside ahead of Wednesday night’s game.
— BBC Merseyside Sport (@bbcmerseysport) February 2, 2021
Big boost for Leeds
Pickford has been in patchy form this season and has been dropped to the bench twice.
And some Everton fans don’t seem too upset that he’s been ruled out of this game.
However, he’s one of the country’s best shot-stoppers and we think it’s great news for Leeds.
Back-up Robin Olsen has only played five games for Everton since joining on loan in October.
Leeds will certainly put him through his paces on Wednesday and Patrick Bamford will be licking his lips after scoring his 11th of the season against Leicester.
Bamford was at his best in the game on Sunday, with 36 touches, including five in the penalty box.
He created three big chances, won three aerial duels, registered two assists and had two shots on target.
Having an inexperienced keeper between the sticks at Elland Road tomorrow is absolutely perfect for us.
Patrick Bamford v Leicester City:
5 penalty box touches
5/6 final third passes
3 big chances created 🔥
3 aerial duels won
3 ball recoveries
2 shots on-target
2 assists 🎯🎯
1 goal ⚽
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) January 31, 2021
We did mention that Leeds had their own injury problems and they could see Raphinha, Rodrigo and Ian Poveda miss out.
That would blunt our attack somewhat but Jack Harrison and Helder Costa started off the season in fine form and will be looking to make an impact on Wednesday.
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