As we enter the new year, 28 games have been played, and Leeds are sitting at the top of the Championship table one point clear of second place Norwich City. Holding this position has become a little more precarious with a run of four losses. The next six games will be the deciding factor as to whether the Blades can maintain the top spot or whether they fall from grace, so who are they up against next? www.freetips.com analyse their next matches in an attempt to predict their movements.
The outcome of this match should be an easy win for Leeds, as Rotherham face a relegation battle; however, it has to be said that this is one team that plays a stronger game at home. It will be interesting to see if this psychological advantage transposes to a Rotherham win or if the stronger team at Leeds can stroll through the 90 minutes with relative ease. This is perhaps their least challenging game for a while so the team shouldn’t get complacent as the rest of their futures look somewhat trickier.
Whether this will be a battle between first and second place teams will depend on the results of Rotherham v Leeds and Sheffield United v Norwich but whatever happens at those matches, the time has come for these two giants to face off. Happy at home Leeds have the advantage however Norwich have been playing well and will be coming to Elland Road on the back of their win against West Brom and, they will be hoping Sheffield United. This is a harder game to call, and unless a win at Rotherham sends their confidence back up, they could be feeling slightly knocked with their run of defeats.
In the second week of February Leeds meet Middlesbrough who are currently sitting fifth in the table. This will be another tough match, as Leeds head away to take on this strong side who are in that perfectly balanced position to hit for the top or fall away. This is a really tough match to call as both sides show strength and weaknesses that are closely matched.
A return to Elland Road for the Swansea match should see a win for Leeds. Swansea are currently in 9th position on the table and to be fair have a good squad but, Leeds on paper are the stronger side and should make an easy win of this match.
Although currently only pulling 14th on the table, QPR are known to give Leeds a run for their money and could prove to be formidable opponents with their home advantage. A hard to call match.
Facing off at home against 23rd placed Bolton should be a walk in the park for Leeds, this is one match that on paper looks easy to call. Bolton have a good team, but Leeds should be stronger and faster securing their win.
For their last fixture of the upcoming seven, Leeds take on West Brom who are sitting strong in third place. The last time these two teams met Leeds were away and took a 4-1 spanking. They will need to dig deep to avoid replication.
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As we enter the 100th year of our great football club we celebrate our 100 Greatest Leeds Players Ever. First published back in 2005 we compiled a list of the 100 Greatest Leeds Players Ever, we now give you our updated 100for100 for our centenary year. In our last addition players 95 to 89 featured Wilbur Cush, John McCole, Scott Sellars, Davy Cochrane and recent addition Luciano Becchio. We now we bring you players 90 to 86…
90) Russell Wainscoat (1925-1931)
Country: England | DOB: 28/07/1898 | Position: Midfielder | Apps: 226 | Goals: 93
Born 1898, Russell joined Barnsley in 1920 before moving to Middlesbrough in 1923 and on to LUFC in 1925. Scorer of 93 goals in 226 games he gained England International status and was recognised as one of the finest Inside-Left's of his day. After leaving LUFC in 1931 he won a Third Division North Championship medal with Hull City.
Read more about Russell Wainscoat on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.
89) Bobby Davison (1987-1992)
Country: England | DOB: 17/07/1959 | Position: Forward | Apps: 110 | Goals: 35
Born 1959, joining Huddersfield Town in 1980, he moved to Halifax before finding his touch with Derby in 1982, where he topped their goalscorers for four sucessive seasons, scoring 83 goals in over 200 games. He joined LUFC in 1987 and maintained his strike rate until he struggled in the top flight and left for Leicester City in 1992, later playing at Sheffield United, Rotherham United and Halifax Town.He made 92 starts scoring 36 times for LUFC.
Read more about Bobby Davison on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.
88) Paul Hart (1978-1983)
Country: England | DOB: 04/05/1953 | Position: Defender | Apps: 223 | Goals: 20
Born Manchester 1953, he was a commanding stopper and was bought to replace Gordon McQueen in 1978. He was often tipped for England honours but they never materialised. He made 223 appearances scoring 20 goals before leaving for Nottingham Forest in 1983. He later appeared for Sheffield Wednesday, Birmingham City and Notts County and some managerial and coaching posts before he returned to Elland Road to take charge of the successful youth programme, which peaked with the defeat of the all-star Man United in the two legged final of the FA Youth Cup.
Read more about Paul Hart on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.
87) James Milner (2002-2004)
Country: England | DOB: 04/01/1986 | Position: Midfielder | Apps: 54 | Goals: 5
Born Leeds 1986, the 16 year old midfielder and life long Leeds fan impressed with the reserves and was handed a first team sub appearance against West Ham. He later went on to become the youngest ever scorer in the Premiership with a goal at Sunderland. When Peter Reid took over he used Milner more as a substitute and it was only when Eddie Gray became manager that he was rewarded with a regular first team place. After relegation in 2004 he was sold to Newcastle to help Leeds in their time of financial difficulties. Milner has gone on to win two league titles with Manchester City and looks on course to win a third with Liverpool this season.
Read more about James Milner on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.
86) Brian Deane (1993-2005)
Country: England | DOB: 07/02/1968 | Position: Forward | Apps: 201 | Goals: 45
Born Leeds in 1968, Deano starred with the Leeds City Boys but after playing with the Leeds Youth team in 1984, he was allowed to join Doncaster in 1985 where his powerful displays saw him snapped up by Sheffield United. A target-man Striker, he became a prolific scorer and soon won 3 full England caps. It took a massive £2.7m to gain a return to his birthplace. Although voted Supporters Player of the year in 1994-95, he failed to live up to his goalscoring reputation but had a fine spell on the left-side of the attack with Tony Yeboah, which ensured European qualification. Allowed to leave in 1997 he returned for the 2004-05 season.
Read more about Brian Deane on Oz Whites fantastic Leeds United FC History website.
For the full 100 players check out our 100 Greatest Ever Leeds Players...
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