Leeds United and Southampton have agreed to postpone their meeting at Elland Road that was due to take place next Wednesday, according to Phil Hay.
The Athletic journalist wrote on his personal Twitter account today that the fixture in West Yorkshire is “to be postponed to allow Southampton’s FA Cup tie against Shrewsbury to go ahead.”
Hay added that the clubs are in agreement.
Leeds v Southampton next week to be postponed to allow Southampton’s FA Cup tie against Shrewsbury to go ahead. Clubs in agreement.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) January 13, 2021
Advantage for Bielsa?
Leeds will now have a good amount of time to rest up and recuperate after they play Brighton this weekend.
After they play Graham Potter’s side in Yorkshire, Leeds’ next game will now be against Newcastle 10 days later on January 26 before a congested couple of weeks which sees them play Leicester, Everton and Crystal Palace in a period of seven days.
Not having to play an impressive Southampton team next week serves as a boost for those matches as Marcelo Bielsa’s men will be a lot better rested than they would have been.
Leeds also have a number of players injured at the moment, so this is an extra game for them to recover in time for.
As for the Saints and Shrewsbury, we’re glad their game will go ahead.
Shrewsbury have suffered a COVID-19 outbreak at their club and we don’t want to see a League One club get kicked out of the FA Cup for not fulfilling fixtures against a Premier League side like Southampton.
All in all, we should be happy about this. Not just for Leeds, but for football as a whole and we’re glad the club agreed to it.
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