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26 Sep 2016 04:41pm, by Shields53

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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.

Season goals

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.

16 Sep 2016 02:04pm, by Shields53

Leeds United against Cardiff always has an edge to it but not usually because of the football but with continuing questions about his future at the club the result on the pitch is extremely important for Garry Monk tomorrow. The bookmakers are favouring Cardiff City but Leeds will be buoyed having won their first home game of the season and second game of the league campaign against Blackburn on Tuesday. With Cardiff struggling towards the bottom of the table having lost their last three it surely must be a good opportunity to pick up three points on the road.

Liam Bridcutt is expected to play despite injuring his foot on Tuesday and Kemar Roofe will also be available for selection. Last years star man Gaetano Berardi is still not fit enough to return to action having been hampered by injury since pre-season. Eunan O'Kane impressed I his debut in midweek and is likely to feature in the team along with new fans favourite Pontus Jansson. After a resolute defensive performance on Tuesday Jansson impressed fans as much on Twitter after the game as he had with his defensive clearances in injury time.

Cardiff face their own injury issues with Joe Bennett and Stuart O'Keefe out of action. Having been beaten three nil at fellow strugglers Preston in midweek they will be keen to get a result this weekend and history is in their favour. Cardiff have won 66% of their home games against Leeds with the Whites only notching up 2 victories out of 24 games in the Welsh capital. Last season Leeds took 6 points from the two games winning both home and away, let’s hope we can continue that form tomorrow. Garry Monk is keen to follow up on Tuesdays result saying;

We respect Cardiff and their manager, and they have a very good squad, a very experienced squad. We're very new and very together and learning all the time, so we have to go down there and really be focused and concentrate. We're determined to back up our performance from Tuesday and keep pushing forward.

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