Bielsa and Hasenhuttl face off in Premier League clash this evening


Leeds and Southampton will finally meet tonight in their rearranged Premier League clash.

Despite the season being almost two thirds complete, the Saints will tonight come up against Marcelo Bielsa’s all-out attackers for the first time.

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds take on Southampton in the Premier League this evening

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Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds take on Southampton in the Premier League this evening

These two have not met since Leeds won a League Cup clash 3-0 in October 2012.

Leeds have lost their last two league outings including their 1-0 defeat at Wolves last Friday.

Southampton, meanwhile, stopped their losing streak by drawing with Chelsea on Saturday but haven’t won in the top-flight since January 4.

Leeds v Southampton: How to listen

This match will get under way at 6pm on Tuesday, February 23.

Full coverage from Elland Road will be live on talkSPORT 2, with our pre-match build-up starting at 5pm.

Russ Williams will be your host and commentary will come from Mark Wilson and Neil Redfearn.

To tune in, click the radio player below or HERE for the live stream.

Here are the other ways to listen…

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Radio – talkSPORT is available across the United Kingdom via DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

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Leeds v Southampton: Team news

Ralph Hasenhuttl believes Southampton’s trip to Leeds will be the ultimate contrast in playing styles.

He said: “We know about their running stats and that they are one of the most energetic teams in the league. They’ve had the same time to recover so hopefully we can compete.

“He’s a famous manager and a successful one with Leeds with a completely opposite way of thinking like I do. If you want, black and white. So it will be interesting.

“There are more ways to go. Not only one. As long as it’s successful everything is OK. It will be interesting to find solutions for him and for us.

“The Premier League is very often tactical at the highest level and you have to find the right balance in every part of your team. This will be tactically one of the more interesting ones this season.

“I spoke about the different ways of looking at football. I think we are also very unique in our defending way.

“I don’t see a lot of teams in the Premier League doing it like we do it, and with Bielsa you can talk the same about his way.”

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton have not won in the league since January 4

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Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton have not won in the league since January 4

Leeds v Southampton: Match stats and facts

  • This is the first meeting between Leeds and Southampton in any competition since October 2012, when the Whites won a League Cup tie 3-0 at Elland Road under Neil Warnock.
  • Southampton have won their last three league games against Leeds, with the most recent being a 1-0 away win in March 2012. Only once have Saints had a longer winning run against Leeds in league football (4 between 1980-1982).
  • In the Premier League, Leeds have lost just one of their 12 home games against Southampton (W6 D5), going down 0-1 to a David Hirst goal in February 1998. The Whites have conceded just three goals in these 12 games, keeping nine clean sheets in the process.
  • Southampton have won nine of their last 10 Premier League games against promoted sides, with the exception being a goalless draw with Fulham in their last such match.
  • Leeds have lost consecutive Premier League games for the fourth time this season, though they’re yet to lose three in a row so far. They last lost three consecutive league games in November 2017.
  • Leeds have won three of their four midweek Premier League fixtures this season (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), though did lose their last such game 1-2 at home to Everton earlier this month.
  • No team is currently on a longer winless run in the Premier League than Southampton (7 – D1 L6). Saints have won just one of their last 12 league matches (D4 L7), with that victory coming against reigning champions Liverpool in January.
  • Southampton have scored a league-high share 65% of their Premier League goals in the first half of games this season (20/31), while only Arsenal (62%) have conceded a higher share before half-time than Leeds (60% – 26/43).
  • Patrick Bamford has scored in all four of Leeds’ Premier League home wins so far this season, while the Whites have won none of their seven games at Elland Road in which he hasn’t found the net (D2 L5).
  • Takumi Minamino has scored two goals in his three Premier League games with Southampton, one more than he did in 19 appearances with Liverpool in the competition.



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