Leeds vs Norwich LIVE: Latest Championship play-off semi-final updates

Leeds vs Norwich LIVE: Latest Championship play-off semi-final updates
Justin Thomas says he is happy to watch the Leeds United game

Leeds host Norwich in the Championship play-off semi-finals as the two teams prepare to clash in the second leg of this intriguing and finely balanced tie.

The first leg took place at Carrow Road on Sunday with no team managing to best the other in a tense and cagey affair that never sparked into life. Neither side was willing to risk conceding a goal in order to score, prefering to maintain defensive stability over attacking flair. That will have to change at Elland Road this evening.

Leeds finished 17 points ahead of Norwich in the Championship table but that success doesn’t matter in a one-off match. The Canaries will try to upset the hosts who themselves will be buoyed by the prospect of an immediate return to the Premier League. Only one team can reach the most rewarding match in football, where they’ll face West Brom or Southampton in the play-off final, but who will make it to Wembley?

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Leeds vs Norwich

The goalless draw in the first leg of this tie between Leeds and Norwich saw just 13 shots (Norwich 7, Leeds 6) and 0.76 expected goals (Norwich 0.51, Leeds 0.25).

Only four Championship matches in 2023/24, including the play-offs, saw fewer shots and only four had a lower total xG.

Mike Jones16 May 2024 19:35


Leeds vs Norwich

Leeds United have won both of their last two homes games againsr Nowrich City in all competitions. Only from 1962-1972 have they ever won three in a row at home to the Canaries.

Mike Jones16 May 2024 19:30


Leeds boss previews second leg

Daniel Farke is still aware of the threats Norwich pose but is pleased to see his side returning to home turf where they should have the advantage going into this crucial second leg. He said: “Everything is still possible.

“Norwich is just a really good side and also a threat on the counter attack. If you’re too greedy and open too many spaces, then they could punish you. We have to make sure that we find a good fine margin.

“Obviously we like to play at home, there’s no doubt about this. We have overall a really good home record in the season, but it’s no guarantee.

“So still 50-50 and then both sides have the same chance to earn their spot in the final. I’m pleased with the performance [in the first leg], also overall happy with the result but nothing is done yet.

“So it’s still a tight game and we have to make sure that we keep going because Norwich are really, really dangerous.”

Mike Jones16 May 2024 19:25


Farke on Elland Road atmosphere

Leeds United boss Daniel Farke is expecting an electric atmosphere when his players take to the pitch at Elland Road tonight.

“I think it will definitely be an amazing atmosphere, probably much whiter than yellow,” the manager stated, “I think it will be a pretty, pretty impressive atmosphere on Thursday.

“But, we also have to make sure that we are again not overexcited. So to show a good mental strength in this moment will be also quite important.”

Mike Jones16 May 2024 19:20


More from McLean

McLean also highlighted the Norwich supporters and their fantastic support at Carrow Road last Sunday saying: “It was incredible.

“Coming off the bus, it gives you that extra bit of motivation. The support has been unbelievable all season. We thank the fans for that,

“It was really special and I think that’s why we started the game so well. When we came out, the atmosphere was electric.

“Unfortunately, we couldn’t really give them that moment to cheer but it sets us up nicely. We’re still confident we can do it.”

Mike Jones16 May 2024 19:15


Second leg set up perfectly says McLean

Norwich City midfielder Kenny McLean says the play-off second leg is set up perfectly for his team to go out and attack Leeds this evening. .

“Obviously, we wanted to try and take an advantage to the away fixture,” McLean said, “We’ve not managed to do that. It was a tough game, they’re a good side.

“We felt that there were moments that we could’ve done better, we created chances but the final pass wasn’t there. Second half, we could’ve been a bit better with the ball. It’s something we’ll look at, and it sets up for a good one on Thursday.

“I think we were in more control in the first half, we were probing a little bit but not really creating massive chances, and could’ve done better in some situations.

“They seemed a bit happy to keep the ball at the back, and we stayed in a good shape. It’s always a cagey first leg in these games, nobody wants to lose the first game.

“It sets us up for a really big game, and it’s one that we look forward to. We’ll rest and recover and tomorrow, we’ll prepare as best as we can.”

Mike Jones16 May 2024 19:10


Leeds vs Nowich team changes

Leeds boss Daniel Farke makes just one change to his Leeds United team from Sunday. Sam Byrom drops out with Joel Piroe brought in. It’s an attacking move from the German.

Norwich manager David Wagner makes one change to the team that started the first leg. Borja Sainz is replaced by Ashley Barnes.

Mike Jones16 May 2024 19:07


Leeds vs Norwich line-ups

Leeds XI: Meslier, Gray, Firpo, Rodon, Ampadu, Gruev, Kamara, Summerville, Gnonto, Georginio, Piroe

Norwich XI: Gunn, Stacey, Duffy, Gibson, Giannoulis, McLean, Nunez, Rowe, Sara, Barnes, Sargent

Mike Jones16 May 2024 19:00


Norwich and Leeds deadlocked after cagey Championship play-off first leg

Norwich and Leeds shared a 0-0 first-leg stalemate at Carrow Road that left their Championship play-off semi-final evenly poised.

The clash was short on quality in the final third as neither goalkeeper were overworked, although Leeds had a goal ruled out before half-time.

The tie will be decided at Elland Road on Thursday night, with both sets of supporters hoping for a bit more magic.

Leeds had finished the regular season with 90 points, 17 more than sixth-placed Norwich, who had been down in 17th in November when many supporters wanted manager David Wagner sacked.

Mike Jones16 May 2024 18:55


Wagner on Sargent

Norwich boss David Wagner also spoke about Josh Sargent, who went off late in the second half of the first leg with a knock. He said: “He was not able to carry on. He’s had some problems with his ankle, I haven’t spoken with him or the medical staff yet, but he’s a tough guy.

“I’m sure he will be ready for Thursday, which is a very, very big game. I really liked the occasion today, the atmosphere was fantastic.

“The players were able to keep their focus and concentration high against a team like this, with this quality, if you switch off for a second you will get punished.

“This never happened today, this is great to see. Unfortunately, we were not able to find the clear cut chances. The shift was fantastic.

“This play-off semi was never going to be decided in the first leg, it will be decided in the second leg. We’re in the race.”

Mike Jones16 May 2024 18:50

Source: independent.co.uk