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Leeds team news: Mwepu back, Sanchez's suspension over

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All the team news ahead of Saturday evening's match at the Amex.

By Charlie Hanson • 25 November 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Robert Sanchez is back in contention after serving his one match ban.

Albion will be chasing their first win in eight Premier League games on Saturday with Leeds United the visitors to the Amex.

With the 5.30pm kick-off a sell-out, the ticket exchange has been opened so supporters who can’t attend can list their tickets for re-sale.

Graham Potter’s men suffered just their third defeat of the Premier League campaign last Saturday in a 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

Albion look destined for a point, but a late rally from Steven Gerrard’s side saw Albion leave Villa Park empty-handed.

Now back on home turf, Albion can take heart from the fact they’ve not been defeated at the Amex by a team 12th in the table or below this season (two wins, one draw), with Leeds currently sat 17th after 12 games.

The Whites’ stop-start form has seen them claim just two league wins and throwing away leads has become a point of concern for Marcelo Bielsa, with Leeds scoring the opening goal in each of their last three matches, but only securing four points.

Team news

By Paul Hazlewood
Enock Mwepu could be in Albion's Premier League squad this weekend.

Graham Potter said, "Enock's [Mwepu] recovered well and trained this week. We need to see how he is but he's got a really good chance of being in the squad. Steven [Alzate] and Danny [Welbeck] are making really good progress.

"We believe in Rob [Sanchez] a lot, we know his quality but we also know Jason's [Steele] quality. We're very lucky." Rob reacted well (to the red card) - he was disappointed with the result but we're all behind him and he'll come back stronger for it."

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PL Highlights: Albion 2 Leeds 0

Albion enjoyed a double over Leeds last season, securing a 1-0 win at Elland Road, before bagging another three points in a 2-0 victory at the Amex. That victory in May saw Pascal Gross convert from the penalty spot following a foul on Danny Welbeck, before the former Arsenal striker got on the scoresheet himself with an exquisite turn and finish.

Leeds player to watch

Their leading scorer with five goals, Raphinha is a lot more than just a goal-getter. The energetic Brazil international is a talisman for Leeds with his electric pace, wand of a left foot and ability to go past a player. 

Match officials

Referee: Craig Pawson. 

Assistants: Lee Betts, Richard West. 

Fourth official: John Brooks. 

VAR: Jarred Gillett. 

Assistant VAR: Gary Beswick.