Leeds United welcome Bristol City to Elland Road on Saturday looking to take the momentum from Tuesday’s clash against Brentford and turn it into three points.
The Whites left the capital and Griffin Park with only one point in the 1-1 draw despite dominating the Bees – Liam Cooper scoring from a corner, yet another shock.
Lee Johnson will bring his Bristol City side to West Yorkshire behind many warnings once again, but he will be facing a rejuvenated Leeds side.
It is no secret that Marcelo Bielsa and his backroom staff complete some of the most in-depth analysis in the build-up to games, and they will have spotted one thing when looking into Saturday’s opponents.
The Robins have somewhat of a secret weapon in winger Niclas Eliasson. We say secret because despite his success in their side, City still sometimes decide to place him on the bench and bring him on to change games – the Swede making 13 substitute appearances already.
Eliasson has only made 15 starts in the Championship but impressively sits on 12 assists already – the most in the entire league.
The 24-year-old has started the past eight games for City and is all but certain to start against Leeds on Saturday.
Eliasson has completed 15 key passes in the past four games, no wonder he picks up assists so often [WhoScored]. On top of that, he also completes 1.3 dribbles and the Whites will need to neutralise his threat quickly at Elland Road.
Leeds will need to be on the top of their game to stop, especially Stuart Dallas if he plays at left-back once again. The Northern Ireland international has already done that plenty of times this season, most notably against Hull City and Jarrod Bowen.
Dallas was given the job of man-marking one of the Championship’s deadliest players at the time. In that game he made six tackles, the most he has made in a single outing this season – something he may have to replicate on Saturday.
Stopping the threat and creativity of Eliasson will be key, and could well put the Whites well on their way to three points on Saturday.
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