Leeds United v Aston Villa – The six minutes of complete and utter carnage at Elland Road

The EFL Championship saw intense drama on Sunday when Leeds United hosted Aston Villa in Matchday 45 of 46.

Dean Smith and his boys arrived at Elland Road vying for the fourth spot, and Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds were hoping to secure their grip on third place. However, both clubs are firmly in the promotion playoffs.

Smith went for a more youthful lineup with three changes to the starting 11 including Andre Green, Axel Tuanzebe and Conor Hourihane coming in for Albert Adomah, Glenn Whelan and Mile Jedinak.

Bielsa made two changes to his squad, with Kalvin Phillips and Stuart Dallas coming in for Gjanni Alioski and Tyler Roberts.

The travellers looked fresh at the beginning, with Anwar El Ghazi creating a couple of great opportunities. It was fast paced with chances at both ends and tackles flying left and right. The first half ended with the result very much up in the air.

It took until the 72nd minute for the first goal to arrive, when a tackle left Jonathan Kodija on the floor, with Leeds continuing play and breaking the deadlock while Villa players were still trying to process what happened.

A scuffle broke out inside the Villa box as the away team argued that their player was still down and the whistle wasn’t blown the referee, El Ghazi getting sent off in the aftermath. This in turn led to a war of words between the two coaching staffs and the referees.

Shortly before play resumed, Bielsa instructed his players to stand still after kickoff to let the away side score, with Villa equalising through Adomah after he was let through on goal.

The game finished 1-1, with Villa’s chances of fourth place gone, and both teams looking for promotion through the playoffs.


Leeds United fans produce intense atmosphere ahead of Wednesday game

The Premier League is a place, where dreams are made, but it is also a place where dreams can be shattered. It is unforgiving. Some have the joy of winning it, some the despair of missing out, some have the relief of staying on for another season, and some have the devastation of being relegated.

Clubs come and clubs go, but the dream to play in the Premier League lives on, both among the fans and the players. One such club that has harbored such a dream for a while now, is Leeds United. This season in the Championship has seen them push for the title, if not, automatic promotion. This season, the intent is real.

Leeds fans are hopeful after waiting for ages to get promoted from the Championship. They haven’t seen the top flight since the 03-04 season. After floating in and around the play-off places, for the most part, Leeds are within touching distance of the Premier League.

All those years of waiting and suffering seem to be paying off, with Leeds in contention for automatic promotion.

This video that was captured by a fan shows exactly what it means to the Leeds faithful that their team is in contention for automatic promotion. The video shows a panorama of the support at Elland Road just before kick-off for the Sheffield Wednesday game.

The entire stadium is singing in full voice in support of their team, with the music booming and the atmosphere electric and hair-raising. It really is a spectacle, to say the least.

Leeds went on to win that game 1-0 through a Jack Harrison goal, as they remain 4 points behind leaders Norwich and 3 points ahead of Sheffield United who leads the playoff pack, at the end of round 42.

With many Premier League clubs’ fans complaining of a lack of atmosphere and fans not really driving the team as the 12th man, one can be sure that Leeds fans will not hold back on creating an atmosphere and then some if they make it to the big time.

Maybe Premier League clubs could take some notes from a potential occupant and opponent in the league next season?