Leeds v Tottenham: match preview

As a Tottenham player Ryan Mason became accustomed to hearing his old manager, Mauricio Pochettino, sing Marcelo Bielsa’s praises. Back then Mason could hardly have envisaged leading Spurs against Bielsa’s Leeds at Elland Road in his capacity as the team’s 29-year-old interim manager. Or that Tottenham’s hopes of European qualification could rest on victory in West Yorkshire. Much may hinge on whether Harry Kane or Patrick Bamford triumphs in a much anticipated battle of two strikers whose importance to their respective teams simply cannot be underestimated. Bamford will be hoping to not only propel Leeds into the top 10 but secure himself a late place alongside Kane in England’s European Championship squad. Louise Taylor

Saturday 12.30pm BT Sport 1

Venue Elland Road

Last season n/a

Referee Michael Oliver

This season G26 Y72 R3 2.88 cards/game

Odds H 27-10 A Evens D 3-1

Subs from Casilla, Koch, Klich, Struijk, Hernández, Shackleton, Berardi, Poveda, Geldhard, Rodrigo

Doubtful Phillips (knee), Raphinha (thigh)

Injured Costa (back, Aug), Forshaw (hip, Aug)

Suspended None

Discipline Y54 R1


Leading scorer Bamford 14

Subs from Hart, Whiteman, Doherty, Tanganga, Sánchez, Rodon, Sissoko, Winks, Bergwijn, Lamela, Ndombele, Lucas, Vinícius

Doubtful None

Injured Davies (calf, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y49 R2


Leading scorer Kane 21