Leeds United vs Cardiff City | Pre-Match Preview

City travel to Elland Road on Saturday in the hope of getting back to winning ways, after narrowly losing out in their last fixture, a 1-0 home loss to Norwich City. Albeit, City probably did deserve a share of the points, some may argue we deserved all 3. It was former bluebird Cameron Jerome with the goal, and infamously did an ayatollah in front of the Canton Stand, which did not go down well with the home faithful.

However, now we look to Saturday, a very tough fixture against a Leeds side who are having a very good season, under former Swansea City player, and manager, Garry Monk. Not many would have expected them to be in and amongst the promtion chasing teams at this stage of the season. The bluebirds are by no means safe off relegation, and many fans would see any points gained at Elland Road as valuable to their survival bid, as fans hope to start looking at teams above them, rather than the team’s chasing their tail behind. So, what hope do City have of taking anything away from the tough trip to Yorkshire?

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Bellamy running with the ball during City’s 4-0 win at Elland Road in October 2010

As seen at our last two Championship outings, at home to Preston and Norwich respectively, City CAN create chances! It did take a Peter Whittingham penalty and a wonder goal from Kenneth Zohore to see off the former, but City saw out the game in comfortable fashion, and arguably should have scored more goals with their pressure they put on the Preston back line, and the numerous opportunities City players missed to take advantage of when in good positions. At Norwich, City’s second half display was one of great fight and determination, where fans would have been scratching their heads as to how on earth City did not score, with Kadeem Harris coming closest, having blasted over at a relatively tight angle. He probably should have scored past a helpless John Ruddy. The bluebirds still haven’t found that clinical ability to stick the ball in the back of the net when chances arise. City’s good record at Elland Road in recent times is nothing to be sniffed at either. Having picked up 3 wins and a draw since October 2010. Finally, the *possible return of first team regulars in Joe Bennett and Anthony Pilkington, can only be seen as a positive, giving Warnock more options at his disposal to overcome a free scoring Leeds United, who were unlucky last time out, losing 2-1 away at Huddersfield Town, to a late winner from the Terriers. Don’t forget! Leeds boss Garry Monk could be set for a touch line ban due to his antics with Huddersfield boss David Wagner, during the Yorkshire Derby clash.  

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