Leeds face an incredibly difficult contest as they are set to host Championship league leaders Derby County at Elland Road later tonight with all the talk of Massimo Cellino’s decision to ban the Sky Cameras from the Ground tonight.
The Yorkshire club could be held on an FA misconduct charge as the controversial Italian owner has told his staff not to let the Sky crew into the Stadium.
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Leeds are currently sitting in twelfth place in the table and will be up against it to get anything out of this contest.
The hosts are currently seventeen points off the visitors and seven points off the playoff places. Leeds still have a hope of finishing in the top six, but they need to get some momentum going heading into the New Year.
The unpredictable nature of this time of year means the home fans will be holding onto their hopes of getting some points.
Leeds will be led into the contest by manager Steve Evans, who has the advantage of no new injury concerns or suspensions hampering his side. The Scot has definitley galvanised the side with his no nonsense approach and the Lily Whites are making steady progress up the table.
There is a strong possibility that the Elland Road faithful will see an unchanged XI for the third match in a row. No matter what team Leeds take the field with, they may well struggle to get a result against the attacking prowess of Derby.
The last two home matches in the Championship for Leeds saw them take all six points on offer, albeit against the lower quality opposition of Preston and Hull City.
The visitors are undefeated in their last six Championship contests and Derby will look to grab another three points on Tuesday.
The league leaders were impressive in their Boxing Day win against Fulham, and the same XI could take to the pitch on Tuesday evening.
The Rams will be without goalkeeper Scott Carson and Craig Bryson, who are suffering from back and knee complaints respectively. The pressure is on Derby to take all three points as second place Middlesbrough are currently only one point off the Championship summit with a game in hand.
Derby are currently clear favourites for Tuesday’s encounter and their traveling support will expect nothing but a win.
The pressure from Middlesbrough, coupled with the generally unpredictable festive period, could well lead to an upset, however.
A home win could see Leeds draw level with eighth placed Cardiff City on points, putting them within four points of a playoff place. Even a draw would be a more than acceptable outcome for Leeds as they would leapfrog eleventh placed Reading and gain some valuable momentum heading into 2016.
Derby, however, will be disappointed with anything other than a win – despite the victory possibly being harder than it seems on paper.