While Leeds have had a really poor run of late (they’re 22nd in the current form table over the last 10 games), they have actually won two out of their last three, which may well mean they’ve had their really bad patch and are about to hit a rich vein of form.
To be honest, I don’t really check the league table that closely, but that form frankly shocked me, as I’d seen this as an incredibly tough game.
So given that we’re second only to Wolves in that same 10 game table, I think we should really be rating our chances.
Indeed a quick glance this morning at Sky Bet had us as very slight favourites to win.
So while I still think this will be a very tough game, it’s exactly the sort that I think we ought to be winning if we’re to really send a message to the rest of the league.
Team news then and I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you about our injuries.
As for Leeds, midfielder Ronaldo Vieira is available after being suspended.
Striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga remains out but midfielder Eunan O’Kane (hip) is expected to play.
So, prediction time.
Well, leeds have a decent attack, but are vulnerable at the back.
Whereas we’re pretty much the opposite, with me worrying about where the goals will come from, while also having serious doubts about our defence as it currently stands.
Still, we’ve held up very well lately, haven’t we?
In a game that should have a tasty atmosphere, I think that yet again the first goal is going to be all-important.
And if we can get it, it wouldn’t surprise me if we go on to win.
I’d say there are certainly going to be goals and I think the logical prediction is a 1-1, which, while not a bad result, I’m sure I’ll be thinking we needed to win that to really push us on.
My heart thinks we can actually win this 2-1, but I find I expect very little nowadays and anything we get is a bonus.
1-1 it is then.