Match preview – Leeds v Yeovil

Leeds v Yeovil

Back to home comforts this weekend for Leeds United as they entertain League 1 play-off winners’ Yeovil Town. Yeovil are on a high after beating Nottingham Forest last weekend, only their second win of the season. Meanwhile United lost in a Yorkshire derby against Huddersfield, a game which we really should have taken something from.

The opposition
As I said, last time out Yeovil beat high-flying Nottingham Forest 3-1. That was just their second win of the season, and their first since the opening league game of the season. Not good news for us, it would be just our luck for them to come to Elland Road and win on Saturday. Wayne Hennessey and Shane Duffy are both set to continue after having loans extended. Defender Liam Fontaine may come into the starting line-up. The on-loan Bristol City defender has been injured recently but returned to the bench last weekend. Fraser Fyvie is definitely ruled out after suffering from a shoulder injury on his debut against Brighton.

Last time we met
We were at the low heights of League 1 at the time. Captain, Richard Naylor bagged two headers in a 2-1 win, a game that marked the end of four successive defeats. Last time out at Elland Road, United cruised to a 4-0 win. Goals from Bradley Johnson, Max Gradel, Jermaine Beckford and Tresor Kandol sent United seven points clear at the top of the table.

Our possible team
I can’t see there being many changes from last weekend, although both wing-back’s – Sam Byram and Stephen Warnock – are doubts for the game. If they miss out then that will give Lee Peltier and Adam Drury opportunities to fight for their spots. I expect us to continue with the 3-5-2 formation. I’d like to see Dexter Blackstock given his first start, maybe it’s time to drop McCormack, who was again ineffective last weekend. Marius Zaliukas is another option for Brian McDermott at centre-half, and he may be given his competitive United debut.

Likely line-up
If both Byram and Warnock do miss out then I would expect the following line-up.
Leeds v Yeovil

Head-to-head

Leeds' head-to-head record against Yeovil.

Leeds’ head-to-head record against Yeovil.

Prediction
Predicting Leeds results is a hard thing to at the moment. I thought we’d lose to Birmingham, yet thought we’d beat Huddersfield. I think we’ll win, impressively as well. I’ll go with a 3-1 win, goals by Blackstock (x2) and big Matt Smith. We’ll probably concede through another own goal..


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