PREVIEW | LEEDS UNITED VS EVERTON

The games keep coming thick and fast for Everton as they prepare for a Tuesday night trip to face Leeds United at Elland Road.

They come off the back of a match against Brentford that they led for a long while thanks to Anthony Gordon’s well-taken strike on 24 minutes.

But their resistance couldn’t hold and Vitaly Janelt equalised with six minutes to go, meaning the Toffees are still searching for their first league win of the season.

Meanwhile Leeds are enjoying a happier start to their campaign, sitting on seven points despite losing 1-0 to Brighton at the weekend.

The Blues will be wary that Jesse Marsch’s side thrashed Chelsea 3-0 in their last home league match.

 

One to watch – Andre Onana

Andre Onana will have his work cut out for him in only his second Premier League start.

Leeds’ midfield is made up of three new signings in Tyler Adams, Marc Roca and Brenden Aaronson, who have all settled in well and are causing Premier League midfields numerous problems with their relentless energy.

The 21-year-old has shown himself to be a strong athlete himself and partnered along with Alex Iwobi, they can certainly match their counterparts in fitness.

However, with the Nigerian more offensively-focused, there will be a lot of pressure on Onana to contain both Aaronson and Adams’ forward runs if Frank Lampard persists with the 3-4-3 formation he has begun the season with.

 

One to watch – Rodrigo

Having not exactly enjoyed the happiest time in his two years in England so far, Rodrigo seems to be flying so far this campaign.

The Spanish forward has four goals in as many starts in the league so far, meaning he is only two off his tally last season in 27 fewer appearances.

His pace and trickery will be a source of discomfort for the Everton defence on Tuesday.

This will not be helped by the absence of Mason Holgate, who joins Yerry Mina and Ben Godfrey on the sidelines.

 

Final thoughts           

There is no doubt Leeds have started the season the stronger of the two teams and look by far the superior side.

However, the Blues are certainly starting to show signs of pluckiness as shown by them gaining an ill-deserved lead against Brentford on the weekend and being only six minutes away from returning to Merseyside with the win.

Their record at Elland Road is historically bad but has drastically improved in recent years with Everton losing only one of their last five visits to face the West Yorkshire outfit.

The Lilywhites will be heavy favourites but there is a small chance the Toffees can pull off a narrow victory and pick up their first three points of the season.

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