Crystal Palace-Leeds United Preview
Patrick Vieira is thankful for a quick turnaround in fixtures as Crystal Palace look to bounce back from their defeat to Aston Villa against Leeds United.
Palace went down 2-1 to Steven Gerrard's side on Saturday, ending a seven-match unbeaten run that stretched back to September.
Leeds, meanwhile, held on for a 0-0 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion in an entertaining encounter, and Vieira is looking for a reaction from his team at Elland Road.
"We've always been clear about the way we want to play the game and we knew that there's a couple of parts we need to work on to improve as a team," Vieira said. "Obviously the game against Villa wasn't good enough. We didn't do enough to get the result.
"When you play a game where you didn't perform at your best you always want to play straight away because you want to bounce back and play better and that's why I think the game at Leeds has come at the right time. We want to play because we were disappointed with the way we played against Villa.
"Momentum is important, the rotation of the players as well will be really important. We are going through a period where there is a lot of games, so we need to find the right balance for the players and the team to perform."
Vieira's work at Palace has impressed Leeds boss Bielsa, who explained: "He has changed the style of the team, without too many signings.
"Obviously the function of a coach is for their team to play as he desires. It's admirable how deeply he's been able to install his ideas at Crystal Palace."
Bielsa confirmed that Kalvin Phillips is available for Leeds, while Patrick Bamford is nearing a return from injury.
Leeds United - Tyler Roberts
Tyler Roberts came on from the bench just after the hour against Brighton and went on to have four shots, getting three of them on target, and completed all seven of his passes.
Crystal Palace - Christian Benteke
In Premier League history, only Alan Shearer (15) and Wayne Rooney (13) have scored more goals on Tuesdays than Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke (12).
- Leeds have scored just six goals in their six Premier League home games this season, having averaged 1.5 goals-per-game at Elland Road last season. Indeed, only in 1996-97 (0.8) have the Whites averaged a goal or fewer per home game across a complete Premier League campaign.
- Palace are unbeaten in their last three Premier League away games (W1 D2), scoring at least twice each time (7 goals in total). The Eagles haven't scored 2+ goals in four consecutive Premier League away games since January 2019.
- Palace have scored at least once in each of their last eight league games, last having a longer run between January and March 2019 (11 games).
- Leeds are one of just four sides yet to score more than twice in a single Premier League game this season, along with Brighton, Norwich and Southampton.
- This is the first top-flight meeting between Leeds and Palace with the Eagles above the Whites in the table since March 1991 - third placed Palace won 2-1 against fourth placed Leeds at Elland Road with goals from Ian Wright and John Salako.
Updated November 29, 2021