On the balance of play, that’s the scoreline that the first half deserved. Leeds have stepped up and up and Klich’s goal, on the break when Burnley made a fairly rare foray forward, was well taken. Marcelo Bielsa certainly enjoyed it.
45+2 min: Tarkowski is foul by Strujk and it’s a Burnley free-kick on the left-hand edge of the box. Westwood sends it in and Meslier is equal to the task. And that’s half-time.
45 min: Had that goal been coming? Yes, it had. It was a lovely finish, and Burnley paid for leaving space for Leeds to step into.
Goal! Burnley 0-1 Leeds (Klich, 44)
A spell of Burnley pressure with Taylor again to the fore. Llorente has been great in defence, and clears the danger once more. Up the other end, Klich breaks, finding space and he pings a shot past Peacock-Farrell as Burnley back off him. Great goal on the counter.
42 min: Good ball for Vydra and he’s on the spin, but Meslier reads the danger.
40 min: The ball is launched off-field by Burnley, as if to win territory in the fashion of rugby union. At the moment, they need some kind of pressure release.
38 min: Burnley’s bright start now a memory. Chris Wood has seen very little of the ball. Leeds go close again. Bamford steps over the ball, and leaves it for Raphina but a deflection forces him into a flying volley. That flies over. But Leeds are knocking on the door. Sean Dyche though has a Cheshire Cat smile on his face. It may well be a sarcastic smile.
36 min: Another Leeds corner as the pressure is ratcheted up. This time it’s wasted as Struijk concedes a foul just as he was getting to the ball.
34 min: TaxiforAlioski! Raphina serves him the ball on a plate and he shoots wide. So wide it goes off for a throw. Bielsa kicks the bucket, literally.
33 min: Ben Mee steps forward, as Burnley push on. But Llorente intervenes to set up a Leeds attack. They have found more of their flow as the game has gone on.
31 min: Best chance so far! Struijk climbs above Vydra in the Burnley box and heads wide. He might have done better and Bielsa does not look impressed.
30 min: Half an hour in and it’s no classic, not so devil may care as that game between Newcastle and Manchester last night. But…Charlie Taylor puts in a fine tackle to stop the threat of a rapidly advancing Raphina.
29 min: Some hold-up play from Vydra that Mark Hughes would have been proud of, holding off four men.
28 min: Another corner, taken short, then Klich and Raphina attempt to pump the ball into the danger area, Lowton nods behind for another corner. Brownhill gets that clear.
26 min:It’s a Leeds free-kick after a foul by McNeil, and Raphina takes, failing to beat the first man. Leeds retain possession, before Lowton nods off for another corner.
24 min: Llorente is down, and winded. That was a hefty blow to his back. He is fine to continue but may be sore in the morning.
23 min: Dallas gets in range, and McNeil gets in the way to deflect it from danger. From the corner, Llorente takes a knee in the back from a flailing Tarkowski.
21 min: Darting run by Charlie Taylor to the byline, and he chips up the ball. Meslier claims ahead of Chris Wood.
20 min: The pace of the early skirmishes has abated somewhat. We might just be settling into a late-season groove, as the players dream of the beaches of Skegness, Mablethorpe and Tenby, all of which are on the green list.
18 min: Free-kick to Burnley, and in Dwight McNeil’s range, which is a long way out. But instead, Ashley Westwood takes, and Chris Wood concedes a foul for baulking Meslier in the Leeds goal.
16 min: The TV commentator tells me that Burnley have won none of their last eight home games. And yet they have stayed up with three games to go. Remember, their star signing of the summer was Dale Stephens. Fans in next week, perhaps that may make a change. By the start of next season, will fans still be allowed back in? Afraid to say that probably relies on husbandry of the Indian variant.
14 min: Tarkowski steps forward, Beckenbauer for the day. There are signs of Sean Dyche letting his team off the leash.
12 min: Leeds stepping it up after that woozy start. That’s the power of a Bielsa rant. The topknots are now blowing in the wind as they speed around the pitch.
11 min: A Leeds attack, as Klich surges forward, and then Bamford loses the ball, then wins it back with a sliding challenge on James Tarkowski, before getting a shot in. Peacock-Farrell saves it well.
9 min: Scratch that: Bielsa is having one hell of a rant from his plastic bucket. He is not happy at all.
8 min: Sean Dyche, suited up as ever, growls on the sidelines. Bielsa is impassive yet looks agitated. His team have not been very good so far.
6 min: Seems like Sean Dyche has decided that he is going to show that his team will press as hard as a Marcelo Bielsa team.
5 min: Another Burnley attack, as Brownhill pings a shot wide. Leeds seem a tad woozy, as if they’ve been overdoing the Whyte and Mackay.
4 min:Burnley are ‘at it’. But Meslier claims the corner well.
3 min: Burnley have a corner, and Patrick Bamford heads away when Chris Wood was lurking. McNeil fizzes the ball back in and there’s some hurried defending from Leeds. Then Vydra is tackled for another corner.
1 min: Away we go in East Lancashire, the scene behind the stands redolent of a Hovis ad, though the original Hovis Mill was in Macclesfield, fact fans. I know this because my mum lives opposite. Anyway, on with the show.
The teams are out at Turf Moor, and two of the hardest-working teams in show business get ready to take each other on.
Marcelo Bielsa also has a quick word.
The game we played at home was a very tough game for us to win. We won but they could easily had drawn.
Star Leeds man Stuart Dallas also speaks.
Expecting a tight game it was a really tough game earlier in the season. They play with a style as well as the set pieces and long balls and they are good at what they do. We have shown if we are not 100 percent focused we will get turned over. I think people want us to burn put but the Premier League is a bit easier for us than the Championship. It’s one game a week for us at the moment.
Sean Dyche has a quick word.
It allows that little bit of a pressure release and there’s more flexibility in the thinking. It’s been tight this last few games but we got that win against Fulham.
These teams last met at Turf Moor in the top division of English football in 1975, a 1-0 win for Leeds, the goal scored by the late Trevor Cherry. Later that same season, Leeds win 2-1 at Elland Road, their goals scored by Duncan McKenzie and Peter Hampton, who also died last year.
Liam Cooper is back in the Leeds squad, having sat out the last four matches, but he will have to settle for a place on the bench.
Burnley make one change from that crucial win at Fulham, as Bailey Peacock-Farrell replaces the injured Nick Pope in goal.
For Leeds, in come Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha in place of Robin Koch and Tyler Roberts after last week’s defeat of Tottenham.
A satisfying season for both clubs? Leeds, most definitely. Burnley, less so but staying up has been achieved with plenty to spare, and on a shoestring budget. That’s been the Sean Dyche way for a few years. If Marcelo Bielsa has anything to learn from Dyche it is that ability to keep staying afloat in the Premier League when those around are circling the drain. It’s an end-of-season affair, so it may well be that both managers let their teams off the leash a little and let them go for it. Let’s hope so, though Dyche will want his team to get something off a manager with diametrically opposed viewpoints on the game and Bielsa never, ever lets up. He will be expecting his players to run just as hard as ever.