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SEARCHING: Leeds still looking for first league win against Watford

Leeds United are still chasing their first win of the Premier League campaign and this weekend Watford are the opponents standing in their way.

The Whites have never failed to win any of their opening seven league games in 94 previous campaigns, and Leeds won both of the previous top-flight meetings between these two sides in the 1999-2000 season. 

Although, Leeds have never kept a clean sheet in their previous 10 home league games with Watford. The Hornets are the only side to have played at least four away league games at Leeds while finding the net in each one.

However, Watford are unbeaten in their last five league visits to Elland Road, winning three and drawing two, while score 16 goals in a run that stretches back to 2006.

Leeds will be without Patrick Bamford and Luke Ayling for their game against Watford.

Striker Bamford has not recovered from an ankle injury and right-back Ayling requires minor knee surgery, but winger Raphinha (hip) is available after being forced out of last week’s home defeat to West Ham and defender Diego Llorente (muscle strain) is also back in contention.

Germany defender Robin Koch remains sidelined with a troublesome pelvic injury and midfielder Adam Forshaw (muscle strain) is still out.

Watford midfielder Peter Etebo suffered a torn quad muscle in last weekend’s draw with Newcastle and is set to miss “four to five months” according to boss Xisco Munoz.

It is a blow for the Hornets but could see summer arrival Ozan Tufan handed a full debut at Elland Road.

Tom Cleverley will also be part of the travelling squad after he passed concussion return-to-training protocols following a blow to the face against the Magpies while goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann (knee) is fit again.

Leeds provisional squad: Meslier, Cooper, Dallas, Llorente, Struijk, Firpo, Phillips, Rodrigo, James, Raphinha, Klich, Shackleton, Roberts, Klaesson, Cresswell, Summerville, McCarron, Gelhardt, Drameh, McCarron.

Watford provisional squad: Foster, Bachmann, Elliot, Femenia, Ngakia, Troost-Ekong, Cathcart, Kabasele, Sierralta, Masina, Rose, Gosling, Louza, Cleverley, Kucka, Tufan, Sissoko, Sema, Sarr, Pedro, King, Fletcher, Dennis, Hernandez.


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