Newcastle United welcome Leeds United to St James’ Park on Friday night, with both sides still searching for their first Premier League win of the season.

Like the Magpies, Leeds suffered a defeat to one of the league’s Champions League sides at the weekend, going down 3-0 at home to Liverpool on Sunday.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side have made a poor start to their second season back in the top flight, and the Argentine will be looking for a response from his players on Friday.

Leeds always carry a threat

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Bielsa isn’t going to alter his attacking and bold approach following his difficult start to the campaign.

He will be coming to St James’ Park searching for all three points and he may hand Daniel James his full debut.

The former Lille manager will no doubt unleash Raphinha, Jack Harrison and Patrick Bamford alongside James or Rodrigo.

Raphinha, Harrison, Bamford and Rodrigo all scored against Newcastle last season, as did James for Manchester United.

Kalvin Phillips will look to dominate the midfield battle and get his side on the front foot.


Although Leeds have only scored four league goals this season, if they click into gear, they have the pace and firepower to blow anyone away.

Adventurous approach could help Newcastle

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Following the 4-1 loss at Old Trafford on Saturday, Steve Bruce’s side will once again be coming up against a team who will be on the front foot and searching for goals.

Leeds’ adventurous approach could play into Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin’s hands.

The pair hurt Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on the counter-attack, and if Joelinton shows an intent to score goals, alongside Joe Willock’s ability to be a threat from midfield, Newcastle could give Leeds problems.

Only Newcastle (12) have conceded more goals than Leeds (11) this season (BBC Sport), so it’s highly unlikely that Friday’s clash will finish 0-0.

But both teams desperately need a win to kickstart their seasons. Leeds have started the season poorly, but they did the double over Newcastle last season and scored seven goals across the two games.

So our message to the Newcastle players and manager Steve Bruce ahead of the big game against Leeds is – you will have to be at your best to get something from the match and show that you have learnt from last season’s encounters against the Whites.

Please do not take Leeds lightly at all.

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