Leeds United Preview vs Sheffield United (A)

Leeds travel to promotion chasing Sheffield United for the Championship early kick-off on Saturday.

A nervy 1-0 win last time out for the Whites against Reading saw Leeds move up to second in the league after Middlesbrough drew with Preston. Leeds remain one point behind league leaders Norwich City.

Reading was a difficult game for Leeds, conceding a few too many chances in the first-half you couldn’t tell that it was third vs 20th. Bielsa’s men dominated possession but often enough couldn’t find the final ball to break Readings defence. The Royals Goalkeeper was on top form to deny Roofe on multiple occasions.

The home side finally got their break through midway through the second-half when Douglas was played through down the left his cross made its way to Roofe but he was charged down instantly eventually the ball popped out to Dallas who swept the ball home.

In the 88th minute Douglas brought down Sims in the box. With all the pressure in the world on young Peacock-Farrell he got down low incredibly to top it round his right hand post. Saving the three points for Leeds,

Saturdays game is likely to be a lot more open as Wilder’s Sheffield Inited side play fluid attacking football. Using a 3-5-2 formation, the home side rely heavily on their movement off the ball to get in behind but it can often leave the defence exposed.

Billy Sharp has been on top form for the Blades this season netting 11 times. On top of that his goal scoring record against is former side is just as impressive. Scoring three in his last two against against Leeds.

His movement off the ball also offers up the room for Leon Clarke who often goes un-noticed by the opposition. If Sheffield United are able to execute their game plan to perfection then it could be another result similar to the West Brom game.

Leeds United Predicted XI (3313):

Gk- Peacock-Farrell

Rwb- Dallas

Cb-Jansson

Cb-Phillips

Cb-Cooper

Lwb- Douglas

Dm- Foreshaw

Am- Klich

Rw- Hernandez

Lw- Alioski

St- Roofe

Prediction:

Sheffield United 1-3 Leeds United

Picture Credit: Leeds United

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