Leeds United were uncharacteristically poor at the weekend against Birmingham City.
Indeed, The Whites did create a number of good chances at St Andrew’s and dominated possession throughout yet they let themselves massively in defence. Although they only conceded once in Saturday’s defeat, on another day they would have let in three or four as the Blues saw a number of chances saved by the impressive Kiko Casilla.
As a result of their slip-up, Marcelo Bielsa’s side were leapfrogged by Sheffield United in the Championship standings after their promotion rivals secured a vital victory at Preston North End. With Norwich City pulling seven points clear at the top of the table, it is now a two-horse race for second place in the second tier.
Importantly for Leeds, they will not have too much time to dwell on their defeat at Birmingham as they head to Preston on Tuesday where they will be aiming to replicate the Blades’ result from the weekend. If the Whites do make a welcome return to form at Deepdale, they will be able to put the pressure back on Chris Wilder’s side who do not play until Wednesday.
Bielsa will undoubtedly be looking for a reaction from his side in midweek and may bring in the likes of Jack Clarke and Keemar Roofe in order to secure all three points. The latter of the two players made a return from injury as a substitute against the Blues and may replace Patrick Bamford who was way below par on Saturday.
Although the Lilywhites will undoubtedly pose a considerable threat to Leeds, they will not be entering the clash with a lot of confidence having lost their last two in the Championship. Nevertheless, it is paramount that the Whites treat their opponents with the utmost respect as they know that any more slip-ups in the coming weeks could end up killing off their hopes for automatic promotion in May.
What do you think Leeds fans? Is it good that your side has a chance to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat almost immediately in midweek? Or would they have benefited from an entire week on the training ground? Let us know below.
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