Match Previews

Bissouma back for trip to Leeds United

Midfielder available for selection on Saturday following suspension.

By Alex Stedman • 14 January 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Yves Bissouma's last outing for Albion was in last Sunday's Emirates FA Cup victory over Newport County.

Albion are back in action on Saturday when they face Leeds United for the first time in the Premier League at Elland Road.

Graham Potter's men were on the end of a narrow 1-0 defeat to Manchester City last time out on Wednesday at the Etihad Stadium.

Phil Foden's goal was the difference just before the break, but Albion created chances of their own on a night when striker Percy Tau also made an impressive Premier League debut.

Leeds were knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday when they were on the end of a 3-0 defeat to Crawley Town.

Their last league match also saw Marcelo Bielsa's side lose by the same scoreline, this time away to Tottenham Hotspur.

Leeds won their last Premier League game on home soil with a tight 1-0 victory over Burnley thanks to an early penalty from top scorer Patrick Bamford.

Where to watch?

Coverage of the game will be live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League from 2.30pm, kick off is at 3pm.

Team news... 

Tariq LampteyDanny Welbeck, Adam Lallana, Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Aaron Connolly will miss the match at Elland Road.

Yves Bissouma is back after serving a one-match suspension.

Jakub Moder has been in training with Albion, but the boss says the game this weekend will come too soon for the Polish international.

Our last league fixture…


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PL Highlights: Man City 1 Albion 0

Man City 1
Foden (44)

Albion 0

Albion line-up: Sanchez (GK); Veltman, Dunk, White, Webster, Burn, Bernardo; Propper (March 67), Mac Allister; Trossard (Khadra 85), Tau (Maupay 67)

Subs not used: Walton (GK), Gross, Zeqiri, Sanders, Jenks, Weir.

Their last league fixture…

Tottenham 3
Kane (29)
Son (43)
Alderweireld (50) 

Leeds United 0

Leeds line-up: Meslier (GK); Ayling, Struijk, Alioski (Shackleton 64), Dallas; Harrison (Poveda 61), Phillips, Kilch; Bamford, Raphina, Rodrigo (Hernandez 65).

Subs not used: Casilla (GK), Cresswell, Casey, Jenkins, Costa, Huggins.

The history…

Albion and Leeds United have played each other 45 times dating back to 1960.

Albion have won seven of their last nine matches against Saturday’s opponents.

Their last win over Leeds came in February 2016 at the Amex when goals from Glenn Murray and Tomer Hemed, both from the penalty spot, sealed three points on the south coast.

Albion’s last victory in Yorkshire was in October 2015, and a memorable one for the travelling contingent. 

Solly March’s early goal was cancelled out by current Leeds captain Liam Cooper, before Bobby Zamora netted in the dying minutes to seal a 2-1 success. 

The Leeds Player to Watch…

Patrick Bamford has found the net ten times in the Premier League this season.

He scored in all three of the side’s opening matches following their promotion back to the top-flight against Liverpool, Fulham and Sheffield United.

A hat-trick away to Aston Villa followed before four further goals – the latest coming in the side’s last home league match against Burnley from the penalty spot in a 1-0 win.

Match Officials…

Referee: Kevin Friend. Assistants: Simon Beck, Adrian Holmes. Fourth official: Lee Mason. 

VAR: Craig Pawson. Assistant VAR: Richard West.