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Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa wants his side to use their win against West Ham as motivation for their home clash with Newcastle United on Saturday.
The Whites had been dragged into the Premier League relegation battle, struggling with injuries and coronavirus issues, but responded emphatically last week.
A Jack Harrison hat-trick inspired Leeds to a 3-2 win at Champions League-chasing West Ham and Bielsa believes the victory will help his side prepare for the visit of the Magpies.
"The next game is always the next thing on our minds," Bielsa said. "But it is true that a victory like that always improves the mood. To prepare a game with a tranquility of a victory is better than doing it without. But the most important thing is always the next game.
"To have won the last game doesn't give you any guarantees in the next one and to lose the next one is to take away some of the shine of the previous victory so we always try to lean on what happened beforehand but always looking forward to the next."
If Leeds thought they were in trouble, they only have to look at Newcastle, who have just one win to their name after throwing away the lead in a 1-1 draw with Watford last game.
Magpies manager Eddie Howe is expecting another tough task at Elland Road as he called for his side to match the intensity of Bielsa's team.
"They play with a really high intensity, and we have to match that," Howe said. "I think there's no other game like Leeds in the Premier League.
Howe also had high praise for his counterpart, Bielsa.
"I think he's one of the best managers in world football, for me."
Leeds United – Jack Harrison
Harrison has scored four goals in his last two Premier League games for Leeds, one more than he managed in his previous 32 games combined (3). In all competitions, the Whites have won 19 of the 21 matches Harrison has scored (90.5%)
Newcastle United – Allan Saint-Maximin
All five of Saint-Maximin's Premier League goals this season have come at St James' Park - no player has scored more in the competition this term without netting away from home – the Magpies will need him to find his away form soon.
- Newcastle United have won just one of their 20 Premier League matches this season (D9 L10); only one of the last 12 sides to have one won one of their opening 20 top-flight games in a season has survived relegation, with West Brom staying up in 2004-05.
- Leeds have scored three goals in each of their last two Premier League matches, 3-1 and 3-2 wins over Burnley and West Ham respectively. The Whites last scored 3+ goals in three consecutive Premier League games in December 2001, while they last won three in a row while scoring at least three back in November 1997.
- Newcastle have scored first in 10 Premier League games this season and only gone on to win one of those (D6 L3) – that win ratio of 10% is the lowest by any side in Premier League history in a single season when scoring first.
- Newcastle manager Eddie Howe has lost six of his seven league games against Leeds (W1), including all four at Elland Road. This is his first meeting with the Whites since January 2015, a 1-0 away loss with Bournemouth in the Championship.
- Raphinha has scored in his last two Premier League appearances against Newcastle for Leeds; the last Whites player to score in three consecutive league appearances against the Magpies was Albert Johanneson in October 1967.
Updated January 21, 2022