It might just be a jaunt down the M62 for Leeds United for their game early next week, but it will be yet another hotly-contested local derby as West takes on East Yorkshire for bragging rights.
It will be a game of contrasting fortunes with Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United travelling to a Hull City side low on confidence and struggling for both luck and results. It will be a match-up where a top-three Leeds, they can’t be any lower after today’s round of games, could face a Tigers side that may well be in the relegation places.
If the Leeds United that turned up against an in-form Sheffield Wednesday last night turn up at the KCOM against a demoralised Hull City on Tuesday, then it could be a long night at the office for the beleaguered East Yorkshire side.
Leeds United dominated Wednesday on Friday, near 64% possession, 25 shots to 10 in their favour and only a combination of bad luck and scrambled shots saving the Owls on the night from a home pasting. Should that Leeds United turn up, should they iron out the inconsistencies and all hit the straps, three points would seem to be in the bag.
However, there are a number of Leeds United fans calling for changes, players to be dropped etcetera and wondering about the likelihood of players coming back in to the fold. On the latter front, local journalist Phil Hay presents the following:
Bielsa not expecting Kemar Roofe or any of the other injured players to be back for Hull City. But playing like that, he’ll be disinclined to make changes anyway. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) September 28, 2018
As Hay points out, those fans hoping for some Lazarus-like rising from the likes of Kemar Roofe, Patrick Bamford, Gaetano Berardi and Pablo Hernandez then they are going to have to pack their hopes back up.
There is little doubt that the Whites would be strengthened by the return to health of the above quartet, especially so regarding the mercurial talents of Pablo Hernandez and the quick-fire trickery of Kemar Roofe, but that is not to be.
In more than one way, Phil Hay is right. It wasn’t a bad display last night against Sheffield Wednesday; in fact, it was an excellent response to the first defeat of the season the previous Saturday against Birmingham City. Bielsa’s Whites played the home side Owls off the park, on a luckier day it would have been a heavy loss that the South Yorkshire side bore rather than a share of the points.
However, against Hull City on Tuesday it looks as though it will be BielsaBall business as usual for Leeds United – who will likely name an unchanged side for the fifth successive game as they lock horns with the Tigers at the KCOM.