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Big Match Preview: Leeds United

City will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 13 matches on Saturday afternoon when Leeds United visit BS3.

For the Whites, their arrival at Ashton Gate comes off the back of three consecutive league defeats, despite an incredible start to the season.

Here’s a closer look at our next opponents.

FACTFILE

Formed: 1919
Nickname: Whites
Website: www.leedsunited.com
Twitter: @LUFC
Ground: Elland Road
Capacity: 37,890

Honours:
First Division: 1968/69, 1973/74. 1991/92
Second Division: 1923/24, 1963/64, 1989/90
FA Cup: 1971/72
League Cup: 1967/68
European Cup runner-up: 1974/75

Last season:
League finish:
 7th
FA Cup: Fourth round, lost 1-0 (A) to Sutton United
EFL Cup: Fifth round, lost 2-0 (A) to Liverpool
Top scorer: Chris Wood, 27 goals
Average attendance: 27,699

HOW DID THEY GET HERE?

Leeds United are in their eighth consecutive season in the Championship and today’s visitors to Ashton Gate narrowly missed out on the play offs last season – they ended the campaign in seventh place, five points off Fulham.

They have slipped to defeats in their last three consecutive away matches in the league, but The Whites are a side with a taste for success and will look to their history as a platform for inspiration.

The West Yorkshire club can boast memorable European Cup runs in 1975 and 2001 and are three-time winners of the old first division but much of the naughties proved a turbulent time.

Leeds dropped down to League One a decade ago and were deducted points after entering administration.

But they have come through the other side and have the Premier League back on their agenda after 14 seasons in the top flight.

Today’s battle at the Gate could see City or Leeds leapfrog the other and while it may be relatively early in the season, both teams will want to lay down a marker in their fights for promotion.

Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen

MEET THE GAFFER – THOMAS CHRISTIANSEN

The Danish striker-turned-manager took on the Leeds Head Coach role this summer after a few years managing Greek sides AEK Larnaca and APOEL.

His playing career started as a nine-year-old at Avedøre IF before he spent one year at Brondby IF and Hvidovre IF. Christiansen, 44, eventually rose up the Barcelona ranks but progress was hindered by injuries. He was loaned to Sporting Gijon, Osasuna and Racing Santander and featured for the Spain national side, scoring one goal.

He enjoyed more success after moving to the Bundesliga with Vfl Bochum and Hannover96 but retired at the age of 33 after more injury setbacks.

His playing career spanned 15 seasons and he is now in his fourth year of management.

Former Robin Luke Ayling, now of Leeds United

STAR MAN – LUKE AYLING

A known name among the Robins faithful, Ayling left Ashton Gate for Elland Road in August 2016. At the end of his first year with Leeds, he was named in the top of Yorkshire Post fans’ player of the year competition, finishing behind stars who have since left the club, including Chris Wood and Kyle Bartley.

The Lambeth-born versatile defender played a part in 42 appearances during his debut season last year, contributing to 14 clean sheets as well as six in the current campaign.

The right back has recently signed a new deal with Leeds, keeping him at Elland Road until 2021.

 

City celebrate their opening goal in four-goal thriller

MEMORABLE MEETING 1979/80

Bristol City 2-2 Leeds United

Goals: Curtis 9', Ritchie 34' (pen), Jantunen 65', Curtis 82'.

More than 23,000 fans packed out Ashton Gate for the visit of Leeds towards the start of the season – one which would end in relegation for the Robins.

And they were entertained to a four-goal thriller as city came from behind to lead, before throwing away all three points late on.

Alan Curtis scored a brace on his debut for the away side, grabbing his first Leeds goal inside the opening ten minutes.

Keith Parkinson then pushed Tom Ritchie in the box, who dispatched the resulting penalty.

This game was described as a “ding-dong struggle” but the crowd witnessed a 20-yard drive into the goal from Finish midfielder Pertti Jantunen.

City: Shaw, Sweeney, Whitehead, Gow, Rodgers, Merrick, Fitzpatrick, Ritchie, Mabbutt, Jantunen, Meijer.

Leeds: Harvey, Hird, Stevenson, Flynn, Parkinson, Hampton, Curtis, Cherry, Hankin, Harris, Graham.

Attendance: 23,331

AND FINALLY...

Officials
Oliver Langford
Timothy Wood and Nigel Lugg
Fourth Official: Samuel Allison

Betting (via SkyBet)
City 1/1
Draw: 5/2
Leeds: 13/5

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