Preview: Leeds United v Cardiff City

Preview: Leeds United v Cardiff City

We look ahead to Saturday's clash.

Leeds United host Neil Harris’ Cardiff City on Saturday (3:00 pm) in the Sky Bet Championship. The Whites go into this fixture at the summit of the table, following a 10 game unbeaten run, looking to extend that further.  Cardiff have only lost one game in their last five and sit in ninth place, three points off the Play-Offs.

Manager/head coach

Leeds United: Marcelo Bielsa

Cardiff City: Neil Harris

League position

Leeds United: 1st

Cardiff City: 9th

Top scorer

Leeds United: Patrick Bamford (7)

Cardiff City: Joe Ralls, Danny Ward (5)

Head to head

Leeds United wins: 17

Draws: 13

Cardiff City wins: 28

 Last time at Elland Road

Leeds United 1(Bamba, own goal 54) Cardiff City 4 (Paterson 9, Hoilett 41, Morrison, 45, Pilkington 88) – Saturday 3rd February 2018 (Sky Bet Championship)

Team news

Tyler Roberts, Jamie Shackleton and Adam Forshaw all miss out through injury. Liam Cooper is back in contention to make the squad. The Bluebirds could be without forward Junior Hoilett after he limped out of their game midweek against Brentford. Jazz Richards and Sol Bamba could also miss out. 

The key battle

Stuart Dallas v Nathan Mendez-Laing

Dallas man-marked highly rated Hull City forward Jarrod Bowen on Tuesday and kept him at bay all evening. This was Leeds’ 12th clean sheet, conceded just 10 goals all season.  Cardiff winger Mendez-Laing has played 15 times this season, he has scored and assisted twice so far.

Latest odds

Leeds United: 1/3

Draw: 17/4

Cardiff City: 8/1 (Odds correct at time of article published)