Leeds United and Barnsley have had plenty of off the pitch publicity this week with the Telegraph undercover investigation, the Tykes assistant manager Tommy Wright following England manger Big Sam in getting the chop. But this weekend hostilities between the two clubs will resume on the pitch after Barnsley’s two seasons in League One when the teams meet at Elland Road on Saturday. Leeds are slight favourites with the bookmakers*, check out the Free Bets at Bethut and back them this weekend.
Leeds have had a chequered history against Barnsley since the teams started competing regularly in the Championship with 5 losses, 3 draws and 2 wins in the last ten years. All time results since the first game in 1921 show 22 victories for Leeds, 19 for Barnsley and 17 matches drawn. Leeds do have the upper hand over the last two matches though with a draw at home and a win away at Oakwell last time the teams met.
Barnsley 0, Leeds United 1 (McCormack 16), 19th Apr 2014
Garry Monks team have had a slow start to the season but results have picked up recently with three wins and a loss out of the last four games. Barnsley however have gone the other way, after a bright start have faded with a draw and two losses in the last three, slipping down to tenth from the promotion places. Although Leeds lost their last game to Bristol it was a positive performance and momentum will feel very much with the West Yorkshire side.
Barnsley have some injury concerns with right back Saidy Janko and winger Ryan Williams out of contention for the match. Former Leeds player Aidy White is also a doubt and will be assessed ahead of the game. Leeds will be missing Liam Bridcutt who is out for another eight weeks with a broken foot. Ronaldo Vieira is expected to be fit but we are still waiting for new on Pontus Jansson who was subbed at half time in the Bristol game with a hamstring strain.
A couple of weeks ago the favoured result may have been a Barnsley win but with the shift in results and momentum a result for Leeds could well be on the cards. Barnsley dressing room will also have been disrupted with the suspension and sacking of assistant Tommy Wright. The Telegraph’s revelations should not have too much of an impact on Leeds, we know Cellino is a bid dodgy, were used to it.
*At time of writing Leeds are 6/5 for the win, Barnsley are 27/10 for the win and the draw is 5/2.
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On September 10th, losing at home to Huddersfield Town Leeds United dropped hard and into the dropzone with just four points in six matches. Garry Monk has been highly criticized for the poor performances, with Whites failing to make a serious impact in yet another Championship season. Where we can end up this season?
The win streak
Since then, in just over two weeks, a lot has changed for Whites with four consecutive wins. Three of the wins came in the League over Blackburn Rovers, Cardiff City, and Ipswich Town. Leeds now sit 12th and are only seven points below the table top Norwich City. However, as confirmed by leading betting tips UK site Bettingtips4you.com, they obviously cannot be considered serious title contenders, standing at unlikely 100/1 to win outright. On BettingTips4you you can find every week Championship tips on every fixture including of course Leeds United.
Manager Monk can still give this season a good run and the team will have to keep up the form and show good performance at Bristol City to conclude a good September and follow up at home against the expected play-off competitors Barnsley though.
Chris Wood has scored four goals in September, with a goal in each of the four consecutive wins. Wood is thus in top form as the team's top goalscorer and he has joined league top three goalscorers with five goals this season. Bookies will currently give 20/1 if you think that his good form will go on and he’ll be the Championship top goalscorer for the season.
The season not starting too good, it was definitely hard for the manager and the team as a whole to build the good atmosphere they have now. With the three narrow wins and dominant performances, they have shown quality and ability to climb the table and actually put up a fight for the top six finish and the play-offs, for which they currently stand at only 10/1.
Just to compare, bookies still consider Leeds is much closer to relegation giving 5/1 to anyone taking the bet. Whites have finished 13th or below in the last five seasons and the fans would love to see the team finally pushing through to the upper part of the table.
Building towards the dream
With many good players going in and out over the years, it’s obvious that Leeds has a great football school and scouting, so many believe that the team can ultimately be re-built to reach the levels of David O'Leary’s United that never finished a Premier League season outside the top 5.
While fans still happily remember the generation with Mark Viduka, Kewell, Woodgate, Smith, Ferdinand, and others, they can certainly hope the team has the potential to be a start of re-building a financially demised giant of the 2000s. We still have to see if Chris Wood, Alex Mowatt, and company can hit for the stars.
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