MATCH FACTS: LEEDS vs CARDIFF
Club News9th April
Leeds United vs Cardiff City
Venue: Elland Road
Date: Saturday, 11th April 2015, 3:00pm
The Bluebirds head to Elland Road on Saturday afternoon in Sky Bet Championship action. Neil Redfearn's side have defeated high flying sides Ipswich Town and AFC Bournemouth at home in recent months, while City's away form will see them full of confidence heading to Yorkshire.
CARDIFF CITY BACKS SUPPORTER STANCE TO RETURN LEEDS TICKETS
CARDIFF CITY PLAYER
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- City defender Lee Peltier previously played for Leeds (2012-2014)
- Summer signing Mirko Antenucci is the current top scorer at Leeds with 10 strikes
- Cardiff are unbeaten against Leeds in 15 matches, the Whites last victory coming back in Feb 1984
- The Bluebirds are also unbeaten away from home since January
- Both teams are level on points in the Sky Bet Championship table going into Saturday's match
Alex MowattKEY OPPOSITION PLAYER:
While the Italian contingent has increased considerably since Massimo Cellino's interest in the Yorkshire club began last summer, it is two future England stars that occupy our 'Key Opposition Player' and 'One to Watch' slots on this occasion. England U20 international Mowatt picked up Leeds United's 'Young Player of the Year' award last season following a breakout first term, appearing in 31 matches. The 20-year-old has built on this during 2014/15, netting nine times throughout the season while appearing 33 times to date - peaking a number of links to Premier League teams.
ONE TO WATCH: Sam Byram
Like Mowatt, young Englishman Byram is said to be interesting a number of top flight clubs after impressing at Elland Road. The full-back made 53 appearances in his first season at the club in 2012/13 - winning the 'Player of the Year', 'Young Player of the Year', 'Players Player of the Year' and 'Supporters Club Player of the Year' awards - an incredible achievement for such a young player. Injuries curtailed his progress in 2013/14, but Byram still managed to play in 27 games. He was given the Number 2 shirt at the start of 2014/15 and has justified the faith in him, starring 34 times to date.
RECENT FORM (ALL COMPETITIONS)
Cardiff City: LWDWDL
Last time out: Cardiff City 0-3 Bolton Wanderers – Monday, 6th April 2015, Sky Bet Championship
Following a promising first half, Cardiff City were defeated at CCS as Neil Lennon’s visitors punished the Bluebirds on the break. Eiður Guðjohnsen spearheaded the Trotters’ attack, finding the net just after the restart. A brace from Craig Davies then effectively ended the tie.
Moore, Peltier, Adeyemi, O’Keefe.Subs Not Used: Marshall, Fabio, Morrison, Ecuele-Manga, Malone, Ralls, Whittingham, Gunnarsson (Kennedy), Noone, Revell (Mason), Doyle (Harris). Cardiff City:
Leeds United: WDWDLL
Last time out: Wolves 4-3 Leeds United – Monday, 6th April 2015, Sky Bet Championship
Dave Edwards headed home a late winner as Wolves beat Leeds to move into the Championship play-off places. Leeds had fought back from 3-1 down to level at 3-3 before Edwards diverted home from Kevin McDonald's cross. Charlie Taylor scored his first goal for Leeds but two goals from Nouha Dicko and a strike from Benik Afobe put Kenny Jackett's side in control. An own goal from Danny Batth got Leeds back in it before Alex Mowatt levelled with a fine shot from 20 yards. Leeds showed good spirit to drag themselves level but substitute Edwards clinched victory with his eighth goal of the season.
Leeds United: Silvestri, Wootton, Bamba, Cooper, Berardi, Murphy, Byram, Phillips, Mowatt, Taylor, Antenucci (Sharp). Subs Not Used: N'Goyi, Cani, Taylor, Doukara, Sloth, Del Fabro.
LAST COMPETITIVE MEETING
2014/15: Saturday 1st November, Championship: Cardiff City 3-1 Leeds United
Goals from Bruno Ecuele Manga, Kiko Macheda and Kenwyne Jones ensured Russell Slade’s side a solid victory against Leeds United at Cardiff City Stadium on November 1st.
The Bluebirds took a two goal lead through Ecuele Manga and Macheda before being pegged pack by Souleymane Doukara, forward Jones added a further goal late on to secure victory.
Cardiff City: Marshall, Brayford, Fabio, Manga, Whittingham, Le Fondre (R Morrison), Noone, Macheda (Jones), Gunnarsson, Pilkington (Ralls), S Morrison. Subs Not Used: Moore, Connolly, Maynard, Gabbidon.
Leeds United: Silvestri, Warnock, Bellusci (Byram), Pearce, Berardi, Bianchi (Sloth), Morison (Dawson), Cook, Mowatt, Doukara, Antenucci. Subs Not Used: Taylor, Tonge, Montenegro, Cooper.