Leeds United have made a scintillating start to the Premier League season which culminated in Jesse Marsch masterminding a 3-0 triumph over Chelsea on Sunday, but focus shifts to the first domestic cup of the campaign, with League One toilers Barnsley looking to cause an upset and gain temporary Yorkshire bragging rights.
Leeds currently find themselves up in third in the Premier League after an unbeaten start to the campaign, which has seen them claim the scalps of Wolves, Chelsea and secure a courageous point away to Southampton, but Marsch has never been one to take domestic cup competitions lightly, winning the Austrian Cup in successive seasons during his stint as Red Bull Salzburg manager.
Barnsley are in a state of shell shock at the minute after collecting the Championship’s wooden spoon last campaign, struggling to put together anything close to resembling momentum in these embryonic stages of the League One season, most recently losing 3-0 to Wycombe Wanderers.
Summer appointment Michael Duff could do with a morale-boosting win to take some of the early pressure off his shoulders, and this winner-takes-all showdown across Yorkshire could offer the 44-year-old the perfect opportunity to build some confidence and placate current malaise.
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Leeds United vs Barnsley match stats
Leeds United have more than passed the eye test so far under Marsch, but they are also a ruthlessly effective machine with the American pulling the levers behind the curtain. When they want to Tyler Adams and Marc Roca combine superbly in tandem to create rhythmic passing patterns across the pitch, but Leeds are not afraid to exploit the skies when necessity dictates. So far only Fulham (three) and Tottenham (four) have scored more headed goals in the Premier League this season than Leeds United (two). Don’t expect an aerial bombardment from Marsch’s men, but there will certainly be a few salmon-leaping moments from his attacking charges. Patrick Bamford could profit.
16 Jul 2020 – Leeds United 1-0 Barnsley – Championship
15 Sep 2019 – Barnsley 0-2 Leeds United – Championship
21 Apr 2018 – Leeds United 2-1 Barnsley – Championship
25 Nov 2017 – Barnsley 0-2 Leeds United – Championship
21 Jan 2017 – Barnsley 3-2 Leeds United – Championship
These sides haven’t tussled since they were both slogging it out in the Championship. During Leeds’ promotion-achieving campaign in 2019/20, the Yorkshire club managed to do the double over their local rivals, winning 3-0 on aggregate, including a 2-0 triumph at Oakwell, in which Eddie Nketiah and Mateusz Klich grabbed goals in the dying embers to confirm the three points for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.