Leeds kick-off live on Sky with two tough games up first

08 Jun 2020 12:41 pm, by YorkshireSquare

Today was the day it returned, that nervous excitement that comes with supporting Leeds United as the remaining fixtures of the season and first televised games were announced. Leeds will kick-off again at 12:00pm on Sunday 21st June against Cardiff City. The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, as will Leeds next game at home to Fulham at 3.00pm on Saturday 27th June. Luton will be the visitors to Elland Road for the first midweek match back at 7:45pm on Tuesday 30th June. The remaining fixtures will see Leeds play every Saturday and Tuesday until the final game of the season against Charlton on Wednesday 22nd July. Televised games beyond game week 40 (Luton) are yet to be announced.


Cardiff City, Away, 21st June

The trip to South Wales will be a tough first fixture back. Cardiff may be seventeen points and eight places behind Leeds in the table but it was the reverse match at Elland Road back in December when the wheels fell off somewhat. Leeds had gone into that game off the back of seven straight victories and were three nil up thanks to goals from Helder Costa and Patrick Bamford until it all when wrong after an hour. Lee Tomlin gave Cardiff hope of a late revival on the hour and Sean Morrison added their second, only to then be sent off for a late tackle. With Cardiff down to ten men surely Leeds could rise out the storm, but just two minutes later Robert Glatzel guided in Tomlin's flick to level.

It was the start of a wobbly patch for Leeds as they lost to Fulham and drew with Preston before edging a 5-4 thriller against Birmingham and drawing with West Brom. The revival wasn’t to last though as losses to Sheffield Wednesday, QPR, Wigan and Forest came in quick succession as Leeds saw their twelve-point lead disappear. It wasn’t until the draw with Brentford ushered in five straight wins before the season was brought to a halt. It’s that kind of form Leeds will be hoping to replicate when the season restarts and a win against Cardiff would be a real statement to the chasing pack.

Fulham, Home, 27th June

There’s never an easy game in the Championship, but the second game back will be crucial when Leeds host third-placed Fulham ion Saturday 27th June. The Cottagers ended Leeds 11-game unbeaten run back in December with a 2-1 victory and have the league’s top scorer in Aleksandr Mitrovic (26). The Serbian International is a real danger man and was the player who opened the scoring in that defeat and will be a real threat to the Leeds goal.

With Fulham in third spot with both Leeds and West Brom to play before the season ends, they are probably the most likely candidates from the chasing back to get into the automatic places. These matches could make all the difference come the end of the season. Of the remaining fixtures, five of Leeds opponents are in the bottom half of the table with three games coming against teams currently in the relegation zone, Charlton, Luton and Barnsley. With potentially the toughest two fixtures coming first, getting off to a good start it vital, especially with Fulham breathing down out necks.