Leeds United vs Bristol City Championship Preview 

Friday, February 14th, 2020 1:19pm

By Ali McDowall

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds look to reinvigorate their Championship promotion ambitions against fellow contenders Bristol City at Elland Road on Saturday. 

Leeds remain in the Championship's top two, but have failed to win their last three league games after a poor run of form, scoring just once.

Whereas the Robins have managed five wins from their last six outings in the league and will look to move into the play-off places off the back of another victory, this time in West Yorkshire. 

The Whites have taken just four points from a possible fifteen and their eleven point cushion inside the top two has subsequently evaporated. 

After a tough 1-1 draw away to Brentford midweek Bielsa defended his players despite the club’s continued rough patch telling BBC Sport: "The players left everything on the pitch, we controlled their attackers well, and used the ball well this is not easy against a team like Brentford.”

With Fulham, Brentford, Nottingham Forest, Preston, and Bristol City all breathing down their necks - within three points of them Leeds- Bielsa's men are desperately in need of a win.

It’s not all doom and gloom though; their home form is keeping them in contention having gone unbeaten in 10 of their last 12 games at Elland Road. 

Furthermore, Bielsa’s side have a historically strong record against Bristol City, winning five of their last six against the Robins.

Head Coach Lee Johnson was delighted with his players’ exploits against Derby telling BBC Sport: "We've got to celebrate that win like it's a last minute winner because the effort it takes to go 3-0 up is going to leave a few heavy legs when we've got three debutants.”

However, Bristol’s inconsistent form has burdened their efforts to progress up the table. 

Despite picking up a string of wins recently, a 3-1 home defeat to Birmingham saw them slip out of the top six and they have failed to win eight out of 13 on their travels. 

With tough fixtures against Fulham and West Brom in the not too distant future, it is vital that the Robins pick up points as quickly as possible if they are to avoid the heartbreak they suffered last season falling just short of the play-offs. 

With fellow promotion chasers West Brom and Forest facing each other this weekend, the winner of this could make huge strides towards reaching the topflight. 

Team News 

Leeds 

Adam Forshaw is ruled out for Leeds through injury but left back Barry Douglas is in line to make his return.

Tyler Roberts and Robbie Gotts are both unavailable through injury and Bielsa revealed that the Whites had not picked up any fresh concerns from the Brentford clash.

Patrick Bamford will continue in attack despite failing to score in seven of his last eight Championship outings.

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Bristol City

City are without midfielders Marley Watkins and Kasey Palmer who remain sidelined with injury. 

Tomas Kalas is close to a return but Saturday’s match could come too soon for the Czech defender.

Filip Benkovic, Nakhi Wells and Markus Henriksen all made their first starts for the club on Wednesday night, and it appears that all three could retain their spots this weekend.

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