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MATCH PREVIEW: LEEDS V TOWN

23 September 2016

The skipper is focusing on his own side rather than the opposition as Town travel to Leeds

Luke Chambers believes Leeds' style of play will be different to anything Town have come up against so far this season, but is only looking at his own side's performance ahead of the game.

The Blues travel to Elland Road tomorrow afternoon to take on Garry Monk's Leeds side, and the skipper is hoping to put in a similar performance to recent years in West Yorkshire.

"Their start has been similar to most clubs, a bit up and down," he told the Club website.

"They'll be trying to play a different way to what we've been used to, but we're just concentrating on us and trying to improve on the fairly decent start we've had so far.

"We'll just have to go up there and try to do what we've done the last few years up there and perform pretty well so I'm looking forward to going up there and having it out with them.

"I had one crazy game there when I was with Forest where we won 7-3 and Garath McCleary scored four in what was a strange game.

"They're usually tough and tight games there, and the atmosphere's been pretty decent but in the last few years their fans have been pretty hostile towards their own team so if we play the way we have been, hopefully we can make it difficult for them."

Team News

Town

Luke Varney and Teddy Bishop are doubts for the journey up north, with the pair carrying injuries. Varney limped off in Town's 4-0 U23 win over Leeds on Monday while Teddy Bishop broke his nose in the 0-0 draw with Aston Villa. Luke Hyam doesn't require surgery on his knee, but he remains out, as do Jonny Williams and David McGoldrick.


Leeds

Whites boss, Garry Monk has a relatively full squad to choose from for Town's visit, and could have Liam Bridcutt available again after the midfielder missed their last two games with a foot injury, but the only notable absentee is defender, Gaetano Berardi, who will remain sidelined for the foreseeable future.

 


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Where They Stand

Town - 11th

Leeds - 15th

Last Time They Met

The Blues had to fight back from a very early setback to secure all three points when Leeds visited Portman Road in January. Souleymane Doukara scored after just 12 seconds before Luke Chambers levelled just after the break. Town secured the win in stoppage time as Ryan Fraser crossed for Brett Pitman to head home.

Key Players

Adam Webster

The defender has impressed since returning to the starting line-up in the 1-0 win over Derby at the iPro Stadium. He put in a vital tackle to prevent Andre Ayew from giving Aston Villa the lead at Portman Road last weekend as he, again, put in a strong showing in the heart of the defence. He has formed a good partnership with Christophe Berra at the back, and the Blues will need the pair to be on top form again to take anything from Elland Road.


Chris Wood

The former Town striker has started the season strongly for Saturday's hosts, scoring six times in 10 appearances so far, with three of those coming in Leeds' last three matches - all of which resulted in wins. Last season's total of 13 was his most prolific league campaign to date, and he looks well on the way to matching, or surpassing, that tally this term.

Sky Bet Odds

Town - 11/5
Draw - 21/10
Leeds - 11/8

Match Officials

Referee: Stephen Martin
Assistant Referees: Jonathan Hunt & Mark Jones
Fourth Official: Michael Denton


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