23 min Another game of football – a Leeds game, too, the biggest treat – ruined by VAR. Eff it all.
22 min Mee is robbed by Bamford, who breaks into the area and is well tackled by Taylor.
20 min “To be honest Rob, not having a horse in this race, I’m just grateful to have a VAR decision that didn’t take an absolute age,” says Sam Trenery. “That said if I were a Burnley fan I’m sure I’d have far more to say on the matter.”
With or without VAR, both decisions would have gone against Burnley. But the sense of injustice is so much greater when it’s been checked by VAR and you still suffer a dodgy decision. It’s the worst thing to happen to football in my lifetime. We’re stuck with this crap forever, you realise, and it’ll get worse.
18 min: Barnes has a goal disallowed! Meslier came a long way to meet a flighted free-kick from Westwood. He dropped the ball under challenge from Mee, and Barnes did very well to whip a shot on the turn into the net. I don’t think that was a foul by Mee – Meslier just jumped over him and dropped the ball. It’ll be checked by VAR.
17 min “Leeds make me cry by the beauty of their attacking play,” says Giancarlo Sanodoval. “I’ve seen some of their táctica on YouTube on replay and it’s an excellent watch. It’s simply gorgeous football (they’ve made me cry a good amount of times to be perfectly honest, Rob).”
You’re not crying, it’s just been raining on your face.
16 min Harrison’s lofted pass finds Raphinha, whose lobbed header clears Pope but also the crossbar. He was given offside but it was very tight, so had he scored it might have counted.
16 min Any thoughts on that penalty decision? What am I missing?
15 min Rodrigo makes a bit of space in the D, but his low shot is comfortably saved by Pope.
13 min Burnley will be a threat from set pieces today. Westwood’s free-kick from the left wing is punched away at the near post by Meslier. It wasn’t entirely convincing, but hed’ve took it.
11 min “What to make of Leeds?” muses Mary Waltz. “Championship? No. when was the last time a newly promoted club was considered Championship material. Never. It’s as simple as this. They are absolutely a joy to watch. And give them a few years of Premier League money and they will be challengers for the title.”
9 min The odd thing about the VAR check for the penalty is that only took about 10 seconds. I’ve seen five replays now and I’m still not entirelym sure. Pope definitely got the ball with what was effectively a block tackle; the only issue is whether, because he come out feet first, his challenge was dangerous. The more I see it, the less I think it was a penalty. That said, the excellent Sky Sports summariser Andy Hinchcliffe thinks it was a clear foul.
7 min More good play from Leeds. Raphinha slides a clever ball through to Alioski, who tries to pick out Rodrigo but mishits his cross over the bar. Sean Dyche isn’t happy about the penalty. I think he has a point, though I’d like to see a few more replays.
6 min The more I see the penalty incident, the more I think Pope got something on the ball. The problem is that Bamford touched it almost at the same time so it was hard to see exactly what happened. I’m still not sure it was a penalty, but I’m not sure it was a clear and obvious error either.
GOAL! Leeds 1-0 Burnley (Bamford 5 pen)
Bamford scores emphatically, sweeping the penalty into the top-right corner. Pope went the wrong way, not that it mattered; you don’t save those.
Ayling drove a simple long pass over the defence towards Bamford. Pope came out, feet first, and clattered Bamford. At first I thought he got the ball but replays suggest otherwise. Penalty given!
2 min Kalvin Phillips is playing very deep, essentially as a third centre-back. No surprise, really, given that Burnley play with two up front. Marcelo Bielsa always likes to have a spare man in defence. It’s the most attacking 5-4-1 formation in the history of football.
“Is this Unstoppable Force United v Immovable Object FC?” wonders Robin Lee. “Let’s find out!”
And why not.
The players are ready to go. Burnley are in their black away kit; Leeds are in white.
“Evening Rob,” says Phil Withall. “I need a little guidance on the whole ‘what to make of Leeds’ thing. Are they a Championship side punching above their weight, the start of a footballing cultural revolution or the plaything of a tactical genius? It’s all a bit confusing. Six points above the relegation places yet heralded as the shot in the arm the game needs. WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO BELIEVE??”
I fear you’ve mistaken me for one of our Proper Writers. I don’t have clearance to enter the What It All Means department.
The Burnley manager Sean Dyche has apparently been pacing out the pitch dimensions at Elland Road this morning. Good lad.
All the best to Paul, who’ll be sadly missed.
One change for Leeds: Pascal Struijk replaces the injured Liam Cooper. Burnley are without their wide players, Robbie Brady and Dwight McNeil. They are replaced by Josh Benson and Erik Pieters.
Leeds (4-1-4-1) Meslier; Dallas, Ayling, Struijk, Alioski; Phillips; Raphinha, Rodrigo, Klich, Harrison; Bamford.
Substitutes: Casilla, Davis, Casey, Hernandez, Shackleton, Jenkins, Poveda-Ocampo, Roberts, Costa.
Burnley (4-4-2) Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Benson, Westwood, Brownhill, Pieters; Wood, Barnes.
Substitutes: Peacock-Farrell, Norris, Bardsley, Long, Dunne, Stephens, Mancini, Rodriguez, Mumbongo.
Referee Robert Jones.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of Leeds v Burnley from Elland Road. In different ways, these are two of the more admirable teams in the Premier League: Leeds for their idealistic, fairground-ride football, Burnley for their pragmatic overachievement. Sean Dyche’s side have recovered from a hideous start to the season, taking 11 points from six games, and look set to survive comfortably again.
If their curve is going up, Leeds’ season has been more like, well, a fairground ride: up and down until you feel sick with happiness. In their last two games they have won 5-2 and lost 6-2. They were spanked at Old Trafford last Sunday, yet still managed to cover themselves in glory with their relentless optimism going forward. They won’t change, we know that. Marcelo Bielsa, like Sean Dyche, is not for turning.
Kick off 12pm.