Blues v Leeds preview

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April 18, 2013 by Gabriel Sutton


Having already played the Whites three times this season, we play them off the back of an away win at Bristol City. However, Leeds will probably go into the game with more momentum, because they’ve made the perfect start to life under new manager Brian McDermott. Then again, this game will be a bit of a non-non in the grand scheme of things. We can both be sure of seeing each other again next season, whatever happens on Saturday afternoon.

Team news

Likely line-ups

Blues – Butland; Caddis, Davies, Robinson, Hancox; Burke, Elliott, Gomis, Morrison, Ferguson, Zigic

Leeds – Kenny; Byram, Lees, Pearce, Warnock; Green, Austin, Tonge; Diouf, McCormack, Varney

My analysis

I think recent performances prove that an attacking 4-5-1 system is the way forward for us, and although it’s a home game, I personally don’t mind playing with just Zigic up front if there’s a lot of support from midfield. We could get some joy down our left flank through Ferguson, especially if Hancox gets forward as well. Leed’s 4-3-3 system dictates that their inexperienced right-back, Sam Byram, could become quite exposed due to their lack of cover on the flank.

Leeds this season

They couldn’t have wished for a better to start to Brian McDermott’s time there than back-to-back wins at Elland Road, which have effectively secured their survival. However, since the sale of 19-goal man Luciano Becchio to Norwich, they have struggled for goals a bit, with just 15 scored in 16 games played since he left.

My prediction

I’m going to go for a draw. Neither of us are in desperate need for a win, we both have very little to play for. Therefore, I would doubt it’ll be a terrific game of football for the neutral. McCormack for Leeds, Curtis Davies from a corner for us. 1 each.

Lee Clark Stated

“We are not quite mathematically safe and it would be nice to take care of that with a good result in front of our own fans on Saturday,” said Clark.

“We owe them a big performance because we have not been at our best in recent home games.

“Now I want a really big effort at St Andrew’s because there are a lot of positives to take from the second half of our season.”

Brian Mcdermott Leeds Boss

“I try to play a system that suits the players,” McDermott said. “When I was at Reading we had two wingers, we had to play a pressing game and got out of the league playing that way.

“We won a lot of games 1-0, we were difficult to play against and this team here have got players who can pass the ball, so we play that way.


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