Tottenham v Leeds LIVE commentary and confirmed line-ups: Mourinho and Bielsa face off in New Year clash

Mourinho and Bielsa face off in New Year clash

Tottenham welcome Leeds to north London this afternoon to kick off the first Premier League Saturday of 2021.

Jose Mourinho and Marcelo Beilsa will face off at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with their sides in very different form.

Tottenham take on Leeds this weekend

Tottenham have not won in four and drew with Wolves last time out.

Leeds, meanwhile, have won two in a row including their 5-0 hammering of West Brom on Tuesday.

Leeds can draw level on points with Spurs with a win in the capital while Mourinho’s men will be looking to jump up into the top four.

Tottenham v Leeds: Confirmed line-ups

Tottenham: Lloris, Doherty, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies, Winks, Hojbjerg, Bergwijn, Ndombele, Son, Kane.

Subs: Reguilon, Hart, Rodon, Sissoko, Alli, Tanganga, Moura, Fernandes, Vinicius.

Leeds: Meslier, Dallas, Ayling, Struijk, Alioski, Phillips, Raphinha, Rodrigo, Klich, Harrison, Bamford.

Subs: Poveda-Ocampo, Casilla, Helder Costa, Hernandez, Cresswell, Shackleton, Jenkins, Casey, Huggins.

Referee: David Coote

Tottenham v Leeds: How to listen

This match will get under way at 12:30pm on Saturday, January 2.

Full coverage from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be exclusively live on talkSPORT, with our coverage starting at 11am.

Reshmin Chowdhury will be your host and commentary will from from Sam Matterface and Dean Ashton.

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

Here are the Panas bumi 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.

TV – Listen to talkSPORT through your TV on the following channels: Sky: Channel 0108 Virgin Media: Channel 927 Freeview: Channel 723 Freesat: Channel 731

Tony Cascarino thinks Spurs aren't title contenders with current style of play

Tottenham v Leeds: What has been said?

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa: “The battles are every time less tactical, as the games have two types of basic structures.

“Either you wait for the opponent in your own half, or you go for them in their own half.

“Or you go from one box to the Panas bumi, accumulating passes, or you go long and that’s how you attack.

“As a result there are less tactical mysteries than we think.

“With respect to Tottenham and the way they’re playing, they’re a very difficult team to face.

“In every position they have solid, good players and they have options.

“They have strikers who can unbalance and they are very clear in how they want to play.

“It’s a team that you can clearly see the influence of the manager and they are very competitive.”

Leeds smashed West Brom 5-0 on Tuesday evening

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Leeds smashed West Brom 5-0 on Tuesday evening

Tottenham v Leeds: Match stats and facts

  • After a run of eight defeats in nine Premier League meetings (D1) with Leeds between November 1997 and November 2001, Spurs have won four of their last five against them in the top-flight (D1), with this their first such game since January 2004 (1-0).
  • This is the first pertemuan between Tottenham and Leeds in any competition since January 2013, when the Yorkshire side won an FA Cup tie 2-1 at Elland Road.
  • Tottenham lost their first league game of 2020 (0-1 vs Southampton), last losing their first league game in consecutive calendar years in 2008/2009. When starting the new year at home, Tottenham are unbeaten since 1997 (1-2 vs Man Utd), winning nine and drawing one since.
  • Leeds have won their first league game in just one of the last seven calendar years (D4 L2), beating Rotherham 3-0 in 2017.
  • Following their 5-0 thrashing of West Brom, Leeds have now won four of their eight away games this season, one more than they managed through their entire last Premier League campaign in 2003-04 (3).
  • Leeds have won one of their last 22 away league games in London (D6 L15), a 3-1 win via a Kemar Roofe hat-trick in December 2017 vs QPR. The last time the Whites started a calendar year with an away league win in London was in 1992, winning 3-1 against West Ham and going on to win the top-flight that season.
  • This will be Spurs boss Jose Mourinho’s first ever pertemuan with Leeds in all competitions. He’s won all four meetings with Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa by an aggregate score of 15-2, doing so in LaLiga with Real Madrid against Athletic Bilbao in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 campaigns.
  • Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has only lost one of his 27 Premier League home games against newly-promoted sides (W21 D5) – 0-1 v Bournemouth in December 2015 while in charge of Chelsea.
  • Leeds will be the 30th different opponent Tottenham striker Harry Kane has faced in the Premier League – he’s scored against each of the 29 sides he’s faced so far, the only player to score against 100% of the opponents he’s played against in the competition (min. 2 faced).
  • In his first 15 Premier League games, Leeds United’s Jack Harrison has created 31 chances in open play, the most by a Premier League player in his first 15 matches since Dimitri Payet in January 2016 for West Ham (37), and the most of any Englishman since 2003-04 (when Opta began collecting this data).

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