Uwe Rosler confirmed in his press conference this afternoon that Marco Silvestri will start tomorrow’s Yorkshire derby. Sivestri came under fire in Wednesday night’s 2-2 draw against Bristol City after
What was that? I’ll probably get abused for saying all this but my word. That was one of the worst performances I’ve seen by a keeper, only beaten by Rachubka. The first goal for Bristol City, beaten at his near post which is just massively average. However the second goal is where it’s at. What on earth was that? A corner, comes to Silvestri with not much power on it and he palms it straight back into the box and they score. One of the worst pieces of keeping I’ve ever seen, the fact that it was the 95th minute and it made it 2-2 when we were 2-0 up in the 89th minute just makes it more painful.
To be fair, after the Doncaster game I wanted Turnbull to play, he commands his box and collects crosses like all good keepers should do. Silvestri cannot catch the simplest of crosses and puts us under immediate danger. People’s only defence of him is that he’ll get better, well, he hasn’t since he’s been here in that department. Yeah he’s a decent shot-stopper but so are most keepers, but a keepers job is more than just shot-stopping. Silvestri cannot do the basics and until he can he shouldn’t be playing for Leeds. I can’t say Turnbull is amazing but I know he can do the basics and he won’t put us under unnecessary pressure.
Another thing from last night, why drop Liam Cooper after he puts in a class performance and we get a clean sheet? Mental. So feel free to abuse me for this if you want but if you really think about it I’m sure you’ll see that Silvestri needs dropping. People may say we’re unbeaten but we’ve drawn 3 games and got 3 points, we really need to win on Saturday now otherwise it’s been a poor start to the season. Ross Turnbull has to start.
Speaking after last night’s 2-2 draw against Bristol City, where Leeds United threw away a two-goal lead in a frantic final 7 minutes, Uwe Rosler praised his Leeds squad whilst being heavily critical of the referee and the fixture list that has seen Leeds face 3 away trips 7 days.
A Mirco Antenucci penalty followed by a Chris Wood goal had Leeds in complete control going into the last 5 minutes of normal time. Kieran Agard pulled one back for City before Aden Flint bundled home right at the death. Leeds have now drawn all three games this season and sit 15th in the table. Plenty of time to turn it around but we can’t keep letting teams come back as easy as they are. First Burnley, now Bristol City. We need to cut it out.
Rosler: “Everybody in the stadium got excited when they got their first goal and that included the referee. He got very excited.
“The crowd couldn’t believe it when they saw six minutes. They thought it was carnival time, another boost. A third away game in six games, my boys did terrific. I’m disappointed that we didn’t see it out but it was an honest, whole-hearted performance. Nothing should take anything away from that performance. I’m very happy and very proud.”
And talking about the early “fixture congestion”, Rosler said: “I need to be careful what I say but at some point there will be clubs and players suing somebody because of possible injuries.”
Do you agree with what Rosler said about the referee? Maybe there shouldn’t have been 6 minutes injury time – but we certainly shouldn’t have bottled it in the way that we did.
Uwe Rosler has named his team for tonight’s match against Bristol City. The surprising news is that Gaetano Berardi starts on the bench, Scott Wootton has replaced the Swiss. Giuseppe Bellusci comes in for Liam Cooper and Mirco Antenucci replaces Alex Mowatt.
With Lewis Cook still suspended and Alex Mowatt looking tired during Sunday’s 0-0 draw at Reading, could Uwe Rosler tweak his 4-3-3 formation to include both Mirco Antenucci and Chris Wood. It was well documented that we didn’t create many clear-cut chances against the Royals, and with the defence looking sturdy enough, it’s time to look forward and get some attacking flair back.
I’m not saying Rosler has to go to a 4-4-2, that’s definitely not his formation, but my feeling is pushing one of the midfielders into an attacking-midfield type role could bring the three forward players into the game more. The amount of long balls up to Chris Wood was clear for all to see, and maybe bridging the gap between the midfield and Wood would decrease the hoofing.
There are plenty of players who can play in the hole for Leeds. Cook and Mowatt are capable but with the former suspended and the latter looking like he could be rested, who else has the desired attributes needed.
MIRCO ANTENUCCI CELEBRATES SCORING LEEDS FIRST GOAL
The obvious choice for me. His ball retention is easily one of the best in the squad, as is his long-range shooting (as we’ve seen with his goal against Burnley). He loves dropping deep to collect the ball and running at the opposition. My only criticism of him is that he doesn’t seem to pass when there’s a better option – something that is needed to play in the hole. If we were to go with a 4-2-3-1 then he has to be the number 10 for me.
He was arguably man of the match against Reading and for that reason alone he doesn’t deserve dropping for me. I think he has the potential to be a number 10 but obviously he’s still learning the game so will need time to grow into the role for me. I hope he starts against Bristol City but he’ll probably play in a deeper central position.
Luke was a more attacking midfielder in his Crewe days where he captained the Alex so he has the experience to play here. We’ve also seen him do it at Leeds, against Blackpool back in 2014 where Cellino claimed he told Brian McDermott to play in the role. It worked, no matter who decided to play him there, and he bagged a brace, making the runs you would expect someone in that position to play. He’s another option but like Phillips, if Murphy was to play I’d expect it to be in a deeper role.
That’s the three options for me for players to play in the number 10 role, should Uwe Rosler decide to change the formation. There’s also Chris Dawson, but he’s been nowhere near the first-team for some time so I didn’t choose to include him in the options.
Who do you think is Leeds’ best suited player for the attacking midfield role? Vote in the poll below. For me, it’s got to be Mirco Antenucci.
Leeds travel down to Ashton Gate on Wednesday to face a Bristol City side still looking for their first point since returning to the Championship. They sit 23rd having lost 2-0 to Sheffield Wednesday and 4-2 to Brentford. They also crashed out of the League Cup, losing 3-1 to League Two side, Luton Town.
Leeds on the other hand have drawn both their league games this season – 1-1 against Burnley and 0-0 against Reading. With a travelling army supporting them as always, the players will be hoping that the fans can help lead them to a first win of the season.
Here are some match betting specials ahead of the game..
Win, lose, draw
You can get a Leeds victory at 13/5 (Bet365, BoyleSports), 12/5 (SkyBet), 11/4 (ToteSport, Betfred), 27/10 (BetVictor) and 5/2 (WilliamHill).
If you wanted to bet on a home win then you can get it at 6/5 (Bet365), 11/10 (SkyBet), 23/20 (ToteSport, Betfred, SportingBet and BetVictor), 21/20 (BoyleSports) and 23/20 (WilliamHill).
The draw is avialable at 12/5 with most bookmakers although WilliamHill are offering slightly lower odds of 11/5.
Aaron Wilbraham is the bookies favourite to get in the scoresheet first at Ashton Gate. He is available at 11/2 (Bet365, ToteSport, Betfred, BetVictor and PaddyPower), Kieran Agard is next at 6/1 (Bet365, BetVictor and PaddyPower).
For Leeds, Mirco Antenucci is 8/1 (PaddyPower) while Chris Wood is 9/1 (PaddyPower) to break his United duck. If you think the game will end in a 0-0 draw you can get no goalscorer at 10/1 (BetWay).
If you think a defender is going to score first you can get Joe Bryan at 29/1 (888Sport), Charlie Taylor at 28/1 (StanJames), Luke Ayling at 33/1 (Bet365, ToteSport and BetFred) or Sol Bamba as high as 50/1 (PaddyPower).
A 1-1 draw seems to be the favoured bet, you can get this at 13/2 (888Sport). A 1-0 Bristol City win 7/1 (888Sport) while a 2-1 home win is 19/2 (also 888Sport). You can get a 1-0 win in Leeds’ favour at 10/1 (888Sport), or if you’re feeling really confident a 3-0 Leeds win is 55/1 (BetVictor). A bore 0-0 draw is 9/1 (Betway).
Both teams to score
You can get both teams to score at best odds of 19/20 (Coral, Betfair and 10Bet). If you don’t think both teams will score, you can get even odds of evens (Marathon Bet).
That’s the betting round-up for tomorrow’s game. Me personally, I’m going to go for a 2-1 Leeds win at 13/1 (888Sport, Unibet and 32Red). I’m also going to guess at Alex Mowatt to score anytime at 4/1 (ToteSport, Betfred, StanJames and Betway). Let us know your bets in the comments below.
After a decent draw at Reading, our hectic schedule continues. We haven’t played at a normal time on a normal day yet and it’s becoming frustrating. Give us a Saturday at 3pm! Anyway, there’s a few important decisions to be made for the team, here’s my team.
GK – Marco Silvestri – As much as I want to say Turnbull, because he commands his area, catches crosses and his kicking is excellent, I know Silvestri will play so there’s no point going for Ross.
So, the game against Reading proved a few things and also showed up some frailties, both will be highlighted in this article.
1 – The first thing the game showed me was that as a team we are much more solid, harder to beat, than we were last season. The team work well as a unit without the ball, Dallas and Byram play key roles in our defending. At this early stage I can’t see us being battered too many times in any game, no matter who we play.