Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Leeds can't score and AFCB need a plumber to plug the leaking goals (plus The Scratching Shed interview)

I suspect that Leeds Utd will be an extremely difficult game for the Cherries but one that they should look forward to. Leeds have been losing out by just the single goal in many matches this season but they have been getting points against lower half teams and their recent defeats have been to top sides like Burnley, QPR and Reading.

At the weekend they were well beaten by a rejuvenated Millwall side who AFCB will be playing next weekend. While the score was 2:0 to the home side both teams could have scored quite a few more on the day. That gets me a bit worried if it could be a goal fest when the Cherries turn up to play. We are like needing a plumber at the moment as AFCB are leaking goals and all we need is a Leeds side who are frustrated by their lack of success so far this season.

Jason Pearce has been having a good run in the team and he will be as dogged as any one to stop his former club from getting any breaks when the sides clash at Elland Road. Up front they has some enviable talent in Luke Varney and Matt Smith, while Ross McCormack is the leading scorer and has been the attention of several Premiership clubs.

Leeds also have the perennial bad boy in El Hadji Diouf who used to be at Liverpool, Blackburn and Bolton. He seems to be out of the team at the moment or out of favour with McDermott and I am pretty pleased about that. The Senegalese player has been in the press for all the wrong reasons over the years. but I am one that know that he can play a bit and he is an excellent attacking midfielder to call upon.

Put all this together with the tactical and managerial skills of Brian McDermott and you can see why Leeds Utd are many people's tip to be among the mix for promotion this season. It many not be quite the glory days for Leeds Utd but they are far from being one of the has-beens in the Championship. All they need is a spark to rekindle their Premiership ambitions and AFCB will have to call upon all their abilities to get a result on Tuesday night.

Safe trip for all those travelling up for the game - it should be a cracker! 

Leeds Utd last time out:
Kenny, Peltier, Pearce, Warnock, Wotton, Murphy, Austin, Tonge, Mowatt, Varney and McCormack. 

We have also been in contact with the Leeds Blog called The Scratching Shed and David Wilkinson kindly spent a few long hours into the night on answering Cherry Chimes questions. The answers are all there for you to read now on Rival Lines.

Just to whet your appetite, he tells us that one team have already been made to look as good as Barcelona by his team this season - now who might that be?


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