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Palace Preview: How Eagles must prepare for Bielsa’s Leeds and Patrick Bamford

6 November 2020

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Leeds United are a unique side in the Premier League. Their return to the top-flight after 16 seasons has not been met by the usual pessimism of predicted low finishes, questions of their quality and talk of ‘enjoying it while it lasts’.

Instead, they have been immediately regarded as a competitor, a dark horse to push for mid-table.

Perhaps it’s their stature as England’s once most successful club. Perhaps it’s their manager, Marcelo Bielsa. Or perhaps it's the dazzling attacking intent they displayed across two promotion-hunting Championship seasons.

Whatever the reasons, Palace have an enticing task on their hands as they open Selhurst’s doors for Bielsa’s Whites.


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The early signs justify the unusual belief in the Premier League newcomers: where Fulham and West Bromwich Albion sit 17th and 18th respectively, Leeds are perched in 12th. They have taken points from Manchester City and Sheffield United and put three goals past Liverpool and in-form Aston Villa.

Key to this early success - similarly instrumental to Palace’s relatively bright start as Wilfried Zaha - is Patrick Bamford, the Whites’ goal-hungry frontman.

Palace fans will of course know Bamford from his stint in south London, when the then-Chelsea loanee joined for a brief period in 2015.

After this, further loans to Norwich City and Burnley followed but Bamford failed to find the net from 22 appearances across the three teams.

Then, having joined Middlesbrough on a permanent basis, the striker started to rediscover his form. Emulating the success he enjoyed at MK Dons (21 from 44), Derby County (eight from 23) and Boro in an earlier loan spell (19 from 44), Bamford bagged 13 goals from 44 games in 17/18, earning him a move to the other end of Yorkshire with Leeds United.

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Here, he would bag 10 from 25 in 18/19, 16 from 47 the following season and now six from seven in the current campaign. 

Add one assist to his tally and Bamford has contributed to seven goals so far for Bielsa in 20/21 - over half of their total.

A hat-trick against Villa at the end of October will ensure Bamford brings momentum with him to SE25, but stumbling in a 4-1 loss to Leicester City at the start of this week highlights Leeds’ defensive vulnerability and tees-up an enticing clash between 12th and 13th.

Did you know?

Zaha’s five league goals this season have been worth seven points to Palace – no other players’ strikes have been more valuable to their team so far this term.

Tactical overview

As above, keeping Bamford quiet will be crucial for Roy Hodgson’s Eagles, who boast a better defensive record than their guests.

Bamford’s 27 shots is the third-most of any player in the league. Bielsa’s highly-praised attacking style will only encourage this, so should Palace seek to hold their shape, invite pressure and strike Leeds on the counter, supporters can expect to see a great deal of shots aimed towards Vicente Guaita’s goal.

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Team news

Roy Hodgson was relatively positive on the fitness front. You can read his update here.

The Eagles will however be without Luka Milivojevic, who received a red card against Wolves.

Leeds will miss Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo Moreno, while Jay-Roy Grot, Adam Forshaw and Diego Llorente are longer-term absentees.

How to follow


Palace v Leeds will be shown live in the UK via BT Sport Box Office. Full details can be found here.

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How to follow Crystal Palace v Leeds United for free and watch on TV

7 November 2020

Palace Audio

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Fans can buy a 24-Hour Pass (for a single matchday) for £1.49 by clicking here

Find out more about Palace Audio here

Social media

You can check out our Instagram story for all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page is bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, eye catching photos and more.

Our club website,, is the place to go for team news on the dot, an instant report and all the post-match votes.

The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during the Leeds clash. With live stats and alerts, a running match commentary feed and lineups the moment they’re released as well as all an instant match report and post-match reaction from Palace TV, there’s no need to leave the app to follow the Eagles’ efforts.

Download our app for free here!

International fans

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Match Reports

Free-flowing Eagles put in attacking masterclass against Leeds

7 November 2020

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Roy Hodgson's Palace put in a one of their finest 90 minutes during the manager's tenure, with goals from Scott Dann, Eberechi Eze, an own goal from Hélder Costa and Jordan Ayew securing a well-deserved three points.

In summary

  • Scott Dann’s superb header gave Palace the lead. 1-0.
  • Patrick Bamford had the ball in the back of the net, but harshly ruled out for offside.
  • Eberechi Eze won a free-kick, and scores direct from resulting set piece with a wonderful finish. 2-0.
  • Bamford scored again – this time it counted. 2-1.
  • Patrick van Aanholt’s cross is deflected in off Leeds’ Costa’s in a bizarre manner. 3-1.
  • HT: Crystal Palace 3-1 Leeds United
  • Wilfried Zaha sets up Jordan Ayew to finish off any Leeds fight-back. 4-1.
  • FT: HT: Crystal Palace 4-1 Leeds United

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Roy Hodgson and Jeffrey Schlupp spoke post-match last Friday about how the slow start in the first 45 minutes against Wolverhampton Wanderers cost the Eagles dearly, despite an improved second-half performance.

It was clear to see from the first minute that today Palace would not be regretting any slow starts, with Andros Townsend cutting in and lining up a trademark left foot finish. Although the angle was always against the winger, the effort was technically impressive and let Leeds know that they would be in for tough day in south London.

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Forty-five minutes later, Palace would go in at half-time 3-1 up. It was Scott Dann who first found the back of the Whites' net, with a ridiculously impressive header from an Eze corner – a first assist in red and blue for the attacker.

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And it was to be an afternoon of firsts for Eze, as 10 minutes later his Palace goal account registered its first strike.

If the in-off-the-crossbar free-kick was inch-perfect, then the manner in which Eze won the free-kick was even more so. Robin Koch, as many already have in Eze’s fledgling Palace career, was sold of a dream of securing the ball as Eze cutely let the ball run across his body, inviting the foul from the centre-back.

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Just when Hodgson’s side looked to be coasting, Marcelo Bielsa’s side reminded the south Londoners of the threat their style of play poses, with a exceptional knockdown in the box from Mateusz Klich teeing up Bamford for an exquisite volley after controlling well with his chest.

Bielsa and his charges will feel aggrieved at their first goal of the afternoon only halving the Eagles’ lead, rather than tying the game, with Bamford’s armpit earlier penalised for being offside not long after Dann had headed home.  

Palace’s energetic and free-flowing game plan was not curtailed by the loss of a clean sheet, and not long before the half-time whistle, Patrick van Aanholt was left perplexed as to how his intended cutback had been diverted past Illan Meslier thanks to the sliding efforts of Costa.

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The second-half, despite a half-time change from Bielsa – Raphinha replacing Costa – opened up for 15 minutes or so in a reserved manner. Both teams knowing that the next goal in the game either finished it off or created a frantic finish.

As the clock ticked over the hour-mark, the Whites started to up the ante: Alioski fired wide in Leeds first chance of the half, before Jack Harrison connected well with an excellent Pascal Struijk header down, but Vicente Guaita saved smartly.

As Leeds pushed, Hodgson’s side were offered chances to counter attack, with Wilfried Zaha regularly finding himself in favourable areas of the pitch against favourable numbers of retreating Leeds players. Therefore, it was no surprise to see Zaha set-up Jordan Ayew with a ball across the penalty box, expertly bypassing several Leeds players, to allow his strike partner to calmly tuck away and seal the three points for Hodgson’s excellent Eagles.

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Palace: Guaita, Clyne, Kouyaté, Dann, Van Aanholt, Townsend (Schlupp, 72), McArthur, Riedewald (McCarthy, 77), Eze, Ayew (Benteke, 85), Zaha.

Subs not used: Butland, Sakho, Cahill, Batshuyai.

Leeds United: Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Dallas, Klich, Costa (Raphinha, 46), Struijk (Roberts, 72), Alioski, Harrison, Bamford.

Subs not used: Casilla, Poveda-Ocampo, Davis, Jenkins, Casey.


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