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GAMEDAY – Leeds at Home

Blues face Leeds in the first of three consecutive games at St Andrew’s looking to build on the 2-0 win over Reading on Saturday. With only one other Championship game being played it’s a chance to cut the gap to the playoffs to just six points.

Leeds United

Leeds start the game in 15th place, 11 points and six places behind Blues. They come into the game without a win in four – however their last two wins were both away from Elland Road. They have only failed to score once – and kept a clean sheet once – in the last seven games.

Liam Bridcutt misses out with a thigh strain while Souleymane Doukara serves his fourth game of an eight match ban for biting.

Blues

Blues have no new injury concerns so it will be a question of what changes are made – if any – after the win over Reading. Ryan Shotton could retain his place at centre-back after a man of the match display at the Madejski while Clayton Donaldson may stay out on the left. Adam Legzdins will be hopeful he can make his home league debut for Blues after a clean sheet on Saturday.

Ref

Chris Kavanagh is in the middle for this game. He’s taken charge of 29 games so far this season, showing 101 yellow cards and sending off two players. His last Blues game was the 0-0 draw with Blackburn in November 2015; a game in which he booked four players including David Davis and Andrew Shinnie

Suspension Watch

One red card (three match suspension served): James Vaughan

9 Yellow Cards: Maikel Kieftenbeld
8 Yellow Cards: Stephen Gleeson
7 Yellow Cards: Jonathan Grounds
6 Yellow Cards: Diego Fabbrini, David Davis and Paul Caddis
5 Yellow Cards: Jon Toral and Michael Morrison
4 Yellow Cards: Clayton Donaldson and Paul Robinson
3 Yellow Cards: David Cotterill and James Vaughan
2 Yellow Cards: Jonathan Spector and Neal Eardley
1 Yellow Card: Tomasz Kuszczak

The cutoff date for 5 yellow cards to attract a suspension was November 30, 2015
The cutoff date for 10 yellow cards to attract a suspension was March 13, 2016

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52 Responses to “GAMEDAY – Leeds at Home”

  • Kazakblue says:

    Good luck to the boys in Blue against Leeds tonight, and good luck to Daniel on his upcoming trip to Hong Kong, KRO.

  • Andy cupples says:

    Hi dan, Do you know if the 14th April still applies to Pannu’s court case or has it been dropped ?

  • BhamCityJulian says:

    Third time of asking for Legzdins to give a faultless display to give us confidence he can step up to the mark if Tomasz Kuszczak is injured.

  • Lich Blues says:

    Be nice to get a good win tonight to keep up momentum for the run in. As i’ve said many times before I think the play offs are gone but it would be nice to get some good results from now until the end of the season. Also into the relegation party on Saturday with a spring in the step. Come on Blues. KRO.

  • mark says:

    we should be confident of a home win even without zigic… blues home win under 2.5

  • mark says:

    lets hope he stick with the same team

  • Richard Granfield says:

    I t seems Gary has hit on the right formation (4-3-3) and the right personnel.
    The front 3 of Cotterill, Lafferty and Donaldson is ideal for Cotts crossing ability and Donaldson coming in at the far post.
    The only problem is the formation excludes arguably our two most skilful midfielders Fabbrini and Toral due to the need for the defensive stability of Kieftenbeld, Gleeson and Davis.
    For home games I would select either Fabbrini or Toral for one of the aforementioned trio to supply a bit more creativity to the team.

    • jonno11blue says:

      Sorry but how many games have you been too? No one in their right mind would pick Fabbrini to start, he’s too light weight, falls over too easily, doesn’t tackle poor work rate and adds nothing to the team. Toral is head and shoulders above him and certainly should start, in fact I would have played him last Saturday instead of Gleeson. The money wasted on Fabbrini should have been used towards trying to get Toral permanently or at least on another season long loan.

      • Dave Mann says:

        Couldn’t agree more .KRO

      • StaffsBlue says:

        Fabbrini could do with spending the whole summer in the gym. Maybe he could ask Reece Brown to join him. :)

        • Dave Mann says:

          Or beside the pool or investing in scuba equipment .. He could improve is diving no end then . :-) KRO

      • Richard Granfield says:

        Great, so if Gary takes your advice he should never start his record signing.
        BRILLIANT!

        • Dave Mann says:

          Correct !! KRO

        • StaffsBlue says:

          The fact that he’s our record signing doesn’t mean he has to play. He has to earn that right like every other player. So far, he’s done very little but fall over at the slightest breeze. Let’s hope he comes good next season.

  • I am with that Mark ,the aim is to find the best team , and give each team selection a little run , L C has gone …..

  • Pods says:

    Good luck to our team tonight. The win at Reading should give us confidence and hopefully a great performance with 3 points.
    I agree with you Richard with regards to line up.
    Lets keep the faith until the end of the road, who knows there may some surprising results along the way.

    KRO

  • swissjonny says:

    For me we need to play Fabrini and start thinking how we are going to use him next season.

    • atko says:

      Managed without him and Toral on Saturday and won. Guessing he was bought to replace Toral next year yet neither played Saturday so for me all is good.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Toral and Donaldson, although individually have had good games, as a pair have hardly torn up any trees this season. If Caddis and Cotterill can keep banging in those crosses, it can only be to our advantage to have two big strikers trying to get on the end of them. Same team and hopefully, the same result.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Yes and a win tonight will pretty much cement our top 9 finish which is an improvement on last season . KRO

  • Big Al says:

    Its your favourite away manager Daniel! Are you looking forward to his purple rage?

  • mark says:

    just a bit of fun what the score could end being 1-0 1-1 2-1 or 1-2 as i quoted earlier still under 2.5 :)

    • Dan Hickman says:

      Mark, 1+2 and 2+1 both equal 3, which is more than 2.5. Also you said Blues to win, the only options for that are 1-0 or 2-0. Hope that clears it up ;)

      • mark says:

        sorry there dan thanks for the correction yes over 2.5 but i sticking to my opinion under 2.5

        • Dan Hickman says:

          Blues win both teams to score I reckon. Hopefully we can do 60% of the job early on again. Come out fired up and score inside 15 minutes will do for me!

  • Texas Pete says:

    Even if it isnt a big turnout this evening I hope its a noisy one.

    • mark says:

      leeds have excellent away following i be a disappointed if they did not bring 1-1,800 surely they will bring more than brighton did……

    • Dave Mann says:

      It will be a lot noisier on Saturday with the relegation party in full flow . KRO

  • Andy says:

    I would personally start with the same team as Saturday, i think we have enough options on the bench to change it and that can only be positive thing… plus its a chance now for players to stake their claim to play into next season and we have an outside chance of the play offs… who know if we go on a run we could be the dark horse team who sneaks in the back door? (i know im the eternal optomist….)

    KRO

    fancy us to get back to back wins tonight….2-0 Lafferty and Donaldson

  • Dan Hickman says:

    I’d keep the same team, why change it when by all accounts they looked hungry and up for it. Didn’t see the game but thought maybe GR was fed up of Clayton being bullied and grappled all the time so put him out wide to do a similar job, but with the idea being full backs less used to dealing with that threat and less physical?

    How did Shotton look with a ball at his feet in the middle? Hopefully him and Morrison can sort a good understanding out as we really need to look to the future in that positiono KRO

  • Lichblue says:

    Shotten had his best game by far on Saturday. Let’s hope he can keep it up.

  • It sounds as if GR has agreed a deal with shotton , by stating he’s prem class ,….good

  • StaffsBlue says:

    On another level… Luke Maxwell signed, Ronan Hale signed, David Popa signed and now Jack Storer has signed. Things are starting to look exciting for the next few years to come.

    • jonno11blue says:

      The only comment I’d make to that is why have we only signed Jack Storer on a six month contract as reported by the website. If the club think the player is good enough surely 12 months with 12 month option should be minimum.

  • DoctorD says:

    1-0 Blues.

  • Bluey says:

    I`m going for a 4-3 win tonight @ 125/1 with William Hill. I`ll probably put £50 on it after i`ve had my lie down and taken my medication.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Good for you Bluey . KRO

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Same team for tonight’s match.

  • There’s something in the air tonight bluey your bet feels right , GET IN THERE BLUES….

  • 2 shots to blues 8 shots to Leeds first half it seems Custer’s not fired a shot yet ,

  • edd77 says:

    Typical inconsistency good win followed by that against a Leeds side that have been on the beach weeks

  • StaffsBlue says:

    They think it’s all over… oh.

    Never mind, it was good while it lasted. Need to keep that 9th place now to see progress.

    Look forward to seeing what we can do in the summer, recruitment-wise.

  • Little Al says:

    Eleven points out of 36 says it all really. May as well experiment now , why not put the youngsters in give them some championship experience. Does it matter if they are not good enough at this stage of their careers , give them a taste of what to expect. I cannot see it happening mind you.

    Why oh why do we play so poorly in the first half, so many this season , then have to chase games.

    I suppose we have done well to achieve what we have, I just cannot see it changing for next season I have a feeling we will struggle.

  • mark says:

    it was just a blip well done to lads keep at it……….

  • mark says:

    we did have opportunity to draw, clayton chance maybe should have stood??Diego had one…..
    frustrating but hey we are bluenoses……..

  • Bluey says:

    Now the season is effectively over i think we should all be paying more attention to the off-field issues we have. What happens (or doesn`t) over the next few months will dictate where we`re heading next season. New owners and new investment could mean a real go at promotion. But if the status quo exists i can see a season of struggle,GR leaving and our dwindling crowds becoming ever smaller. This summer is so crucial to the future of The Blues..,,at least in the short to medium term. Let`s hope Dan can shed some light on TTA and their intentions.


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