Match Preview | Leeds United vs. Cardiff City
OPPOSITION FOCUS | SEASON SO FAR
Leeds United currently sit 14th position in the Premier League table and are without a competitive win since 5th November, which came in a dramatic 4-3 victory over AFC Bournemouth.
After ending the calendar year with a commendable point at Newcastle United, Jesse Marsch’s men began 2023 with two 2-2 draws, the first against West Ham United and the second in our clash at Cardiff City Stadium earlier this month.
In their most recent match, the Whites fell to a 2-1 loss to Aston Villa, with Patrick Bamford’s 83rd minute goal unable to force a late comeback.
OPPOSITION FOCUS | JANUARY BUSINESS
So far in the January transfer market, Leeds have strengthened their squad with the addition of two new signings.
Austrian defender Maximilian Wöber made the move to Elland Road from RB Salzburg, where he previously played under boss Marsch.
Wöber made his debut for the Whites at CCS, coming on as a substitute in the second half.
Marsch has also bolstered his squad with the signing of forward Georginio Rutter from Bundesliga side TSG Hoffenheim.
The 20-year-old netted 11 league goals during his time with Die Kraichgauer and has represented France at youth level.
HEAD-TO-HEAD | CITY'S RECORD
The Bluebirds have gone head-to-head with Leeds United on 61 occasions since the two clubs’ formations.
City have claimed victory on 29 occasions, drawing 15 times, with the Whites recording 17 wins.
The first ever meeting between the two sides was back in March 1921 in Division Two, with 25,000 fans in attendance at Ninian Park to witness City claiming a narrow 1-0 win, with the winning goal coming from striker Fred Pagnam.
Wednesday evening’s fixture will be the tenth time the two clubs have competed against one another in the FA Cup.
City's most recent trip to Elland Road ended in a 3-3 draw, with the Bluebirds fighting back from three goals down to produce a stunning comeback and steal a point.
IN THE PRESS | WHAT’S BEEN SAID
Ahead of facing Premier League opponents for a place in the FA Cup fourth round, Interim First Team Manager Dean Whitehead expressed that the squad are relishing the challenge.
"The boys are ready. Everybody is fit, and we're looking forward to it. It's a good game for us.
"The atmosphere is going to be really good, and we'll have our travelling supporters going there to support us. We've got to put in a performance for them.
"It's an amazing amount of people who are going to come and support us on a Wednesday night away in Leeds. We have to wear the shirt with pride."
With hundreds of supporters heading to Elland Road to back the Bluebirds, midfielder Joe Ralls heaped praise on the travelling City fans.
"It's brilliant support, for a game that's been added into the mix of a schedule in the week. To have so many supporters going up there is great. Hopefully we can put in a performance that they can be proud of."