Leeds vs Burnley preview: How to watch, team news, predicted line-ups, ones to watch
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Aaron Lennon of Burnley celebrates after scoring their sides first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Burnley at Old Trafford on December 30, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

It's the second instalment of 'The Battle of the Roses' as struggling Burnley make the short trip to rivals Leeds. 

The Clarets are coming into the game off the back of their 3-1 defeat to Manchester United on Monday and will be looking for a much needed response. 

Leeds haven't played since December 18th where they were dispatched by Arsenal and Marcelo Bielsa will be keen to start the New Year in the right manner. 

The sides have already met once this season at Turf Moor where the spoils were shared in a 1-1 back in August and both sides will be looking to pick up a much needed victory. 

  • Team News 

Marcelo Bielsa is boosted by a number of returning players for Sunday's game with a number of his defenders returning to action. 

Junior Firpo returns from suspension to potentially slot straight back in whilst Robin Koch and Diego Llorente both come back from injury and illness respectively. 

Daniel James and Jack Harrison also provide selection boosts for Leeds United as they look to rebuild their form in the second half of the season. 

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As for Burnley, Sean Dyche has no new issues after Monday's defeat. Aaron Lennon starred for Burnley in a number 10 role and looks set to start at his former club. 

Burnley may finally be able to welcome Maxwel Cornet back from a thigh injury in his last game before he heads off to the African Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast. 

The Clarets may be able to welcome back Josh Brownhill and Jay Rodriguez after the pair returned positive Covid tests last week however Nick Pope and Kevin Long may still be isolating. 

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  • Ones to Watch 

Leeds - Stuart DallasThe Northern Irishman could be a crucial outlet for the hosts. Marcelo Bielsa likes to utilise width when playing against four at the back formations and Dallas will play as a wing back in a back three. Dallas was a threat last season when playing at wing back and could cause Burnley and particularly Charlie Taylor and Dwight McNeil some problems. 

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Burnley - Aaron LennonThis may come as a surprise but Lennon was Burnley's best player at Old Trafford on Monday. Playing in a different position in a number 10 role, he caused Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly real problems driving at the United backline. He got his first goal for Burnley since September 2018 against Bournemouth albeit he is now in his second spell but Lennon could provide Leeds some trouble. 

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  • Predicted Line-Ups 

Leeds - Meslier, Llorente, Koch, Ayling, Firpo, Dallas, Forshaw, Roberts, Raphinha, Harrison, James (3-4-3)

Burnley - Hennesey, Lowton, Mee, Tarkowski, Taylor, McNeil, Westwood, Cork, Gudmundsson, Lennon, Wood (4-4-1-1)

  • Previous Encounters 

As mentioned prior, the two sides have met in the Premier League once this season already in a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor. Chris Wood poked Burnley infront early in the second half before Patrick Bamford stole a point for the visitors five minutes from time. 

Last season's game at Elland Road was marred by some officiating decisions in which Burnley felt aggrieved. Ashley Barnes had levelled for Burnley before it was disallowed for a supposed foul on Islan Meslier. 

Leeds haven't lost to Burnley in the three meeting since their promotion back into the Premier League winning two and drawing one. Burnley will be looking to make their mark on that record in Yorkshire and get a much needed win. 

  • Prediction 

Both sides have been struggling in the league this season. Leeds have been riddled by injuries this season but Burnley will be looking to capitalise on this. It could be close but a defeat for Burnley could put them in trouble. 

Prediction - Leeds United 1-1 Burnley 

  • How to watch 

Unfortunately the game is not being broadcasted in the UK but highlights will be available on BBC Two at 10:40pm. 

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