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Match Preview: Leeds United vs. Cardiff City

The Bluebirds are back in league action this weekend…

1 February 2018

Cardiff City travel to Elland Road as they square off against Leeds United on Saturday afternoon.

Leeds are back at home following their 0-0 draw with Hull City on Tuesday evening, which put them 10th in the Sky Bet Championship table.

What to expect from the Whites…

Leeds went through the entirety of January without picking up a victory, on a run which included defeat to Newport County in the Emirates FA Cup.

The Whites’ last triumph came on Boxing Day, as they ran out 2-1 winners against Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium – their fourth win in a row, coming before a 1-0 defeat to Birmingham City at the end of December.

Forward Kemar Roofe currently tops the Leeds goal-scoring charts, finding the net on 11 occasions thus far. The 25-year-old has made 68 appearances since signing in July 2016 – the most at any one club in his senior career.

German Pierre-Michel Lasogga is another who has had a good return, since joining on loan from Hamburg in the summer. The 26-year-old has scoring seven goals in 19 appearances this term.

In the hot seat…

Leeds is Thomas Christiansen’s fourth managerial job since he retired from playing in 2006. The 44-year-old first became an assistant at United Arab Emirates side Al-Jazira, before taking over at Greek side AEK Larnaca.

After two years in the Greek First Division, the Spaniard then moved to Cyprus and took the reins at APOEL for just a season, before moving to Yorkshire in the summer.

Previous meetings…

In the reverse fixture in September, a brace from Kenneth Zohore and a stunning strike from Junior Hoilett secured a 3-1 win for the Bluebirds – seeing them rise to the summit of the Sky Bet Championship table.

The Bluebirds had an immaculate unbeaten run against Saturday’s opponents from 1984 – 2015, not losing to the Whites in 17 consecutive fixtures during that 31 year period.

Club connections…

The Gaffer spent time at Leeds United in the 2012/13 season, guiding them to a 14th placed finish after being appointed in February 2012.

City full-back Lee Peltier was part of the Leeds squad whilst Warnock was in charge before spells at Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield - he then joined the Bluebirds in 2015.

Other players to play for both sides include current Bluebird Sol Bamba, Ross McCormack, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Stephen McPhail and John Charles.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Leeds United 1-4 Cardiff City

3 February 2018

The Bluebirds completed a Sky Bet Championship double over Leeds United with a resounding 4-1 victory at Elland Road.

City got off to a flying start, taking the lead nine minutes in through Callum Paterson. Sol Bamba’s header forced a Cardiff corner, from which debutant Armand Traoré collected the ball and crossed towards the back post. Paterson was on hand to head home, netting his fourth goal for the Bluebirds this season.

Riled by the early opener, the hosts looked for a quick response and forced Neil Etheridge into a fine save four minutes later. Pierre-Michel Lasogga took a shot from the edge of the area, with Etheridge getting down to tip the ball onto the post. Lasogga had another golden chance with twenty-five minutes on the clock, heading against the crossbar at the end of a swift counter-attack. The follow-up strike from Ezgjan Alioski was blocked on the line for a corner.

As the half ticked into the final five minutes, City doubled their lead thanks to Junior Hoilett. The impressive Paterson broke past his marker and into the area, taking a low shot towards the far corner. Although his effort was going wide, Hoilett beat his man and slid in to ensure the ball ended up in the back of the net.

The Bluebirds netted their third goal of the afternoon deep into injury time, with Sean Morrison the scorer. Leeds were reduced to ten men when Gaetano Berardi's late tackle on Yanic Wildschut earned the Leeds defender a second yellow card. From the resulting free-kick, skipper Morrison towered above the Whites defenders, ensuring a comfortable half-time lead for the Bluebirds.

Leeds came out for the second period in determined fashion and found a way back into the match on fifty-four minutes. Stuart Dallas picked up a loose ball inside the Cardiff half and broke into the box, delivering a low cross towards the centre. In an attempt to clear the ball, Sol Bamba unfortunately converted into his own net, giving the hosts a potential lifeline.

Having defended valiantly in the second period, the Bluebirds made the most of their numerical advantage and enjoyed a number of opportunities on the counter-attack. Finding himself in space on the edge of the box, Paterson’s powerful drive went just wide of the far post. Another move down the Cardiff left saw Hoilett beat his marker, and lay the ball off to the unmarked Joe Ralls, who similarly shot just wide of the upright.

As the hosts pushed for a second goal late in the match, it was the Bluebirds who deservedly wrapped up the points two minutes from time. With space appearing in the Leeds half, Hoilett broke down the right flank, aided by Paterson. The two goalscorers combined passes, as Paterson entered the box. His low drive across the face of goal narrowly evaded substitute Kenneth Zohore, only for Anthony Pilkington to arrive and slot past Felix Wiedwald with ease.

The full time whistle signalled an impressive away victory for Neil Warnock’s men, who head to Millwall in their next League match on Friday, February 9th.

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