Two massive clubs collide in a mouth-watering fixture tomorrow at Elland Road.
Leeds United host Newcastle United in a top of the table clash in the English Championship.
Newcastle of course sit proudly at the top of the division, and Leeds are currently in a play-off place.
The match is a rare sell-out for Leeds who’s official attendance capacity is quoted as 39,460 – although there was a fella on BBC Football Focus saying they’ve sold 44,000 tickets – work that one out!
Only 2,764 Geordie fans have been allocated tickets for this game.
Given that Leeds haven’t sold out for the last 6 years, it begs the question how many of our lot have managed to get tickets for other parts of the ground.
The crazy world of football sees these two giants of the game scrapping it out in the Championship whilst the likes of Bournemouth, Watford, Sunderland (heh heh!) and other smaller clubs lord it in the Premiership.
But hopefully that situation will change for both clubs at the end of this season.
This is also a match between two of the division’s in-form teams.
The Mighty Toon have picked up 25 points in the last 10 games and Leeds 22.
A joint tribute to Gary Speed who played for both clubs with distinction is planned. Sunday’s match is close to the fifth anniversary of Speedo’s death on 27th November 2011, and the 11th minute will see applause from both sets of fans.
Leeds manager Garry Monk believes his side can cause the table-topping magpies some problems:
“It’s going to be difficult – in my old Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey they’ve got a fantastic talent and a dangerous player who loves the big stage – but we know we have enough in the dressing room to make it difficult for them. We’re unbeaten in seven games at Elland Road and we want to make it eight.”
Rafa the Gaffa has admitted that, with 26 fit players, there are going to be some disappointed senior players in our squad this weekend. Benitez told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle:
“It’s like that, you know when you have a big squad you will have injuries at some point. But the medical staff and technical staff are doing a great job. For the players it’s always good to be fit. If you have so many players it becomes a competition and they have to compete every week – and for me I prefer that.
“Some of them will not be happy. I prefer that too, we are professional and we have to accept we have games to play. Sometimes you won’t play. We have to be sure we are ready just in case.”
Tough one this. Being greedy I’d love to keep our winning run going. However my head says this has got draw written all over it!
I’m going for 2-2 – to us, LOL!
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