Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Leeds are scrapping for every point

When you find a team like Leeds Utd scrapping away at the wrong end of the table for every point it is clear that the Championship is no lover of tradition or reputation. Leeds are in 20th place for a reason and it is down to their players, management and fans to try and dig themselves out of the situation they are in. They need to scrap too as their fans turn out every week in huge numbers to see their team struggle for consistency.

The Cherries will not take Leeds Utd lightly though. Leeds' comeback against Birmingham in their last match is proof that Leeds Utd are still fighting for everything, even if they have not found the kind of form that brought them three points at Dean Court earlier in the season. Gary Rowett was not so praising of Leeds' style of football claiming that Leeds just sought to play direct and hit Steve Morison on the diagonal at every opportunity. I saw a lot more promise from them than that when they played AFCB earlier in the season.

The transfer window is unlikely to offer much comfort for Leeds in terms of players coming in as they have a transfer embargo after failing to meet the Fair Play Rules and captain Stephen Warnock has just signed for Derby County. In such circumstances it would have been a real blow if they had lost to Birmingham and now they will be up for the challenge of taking on the league leaders.

Leeds  Utd and AFCB at Dean Court in the reverse fixture.
Neil Redfearn pointed out in his last post match interview that Luke Murphy had been getting some stick for his lack of goals of late, but he netted against Birmingham in front of the home fans and AFCB have to try and keep him quiet tonight. Mirco Antenucci, their top scorer, was also back into the starting line up and he'll be desperate to show that he is worth that place against AFCB.

If AFCB can win they can go four points clear and build the pressure on the chasing teams.

Leeds Home Form

AFCB Away Form

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