Burnley v Leeds United: We are underdogs - Grayson

Simon Grayson believes Leeds United should be clear underdogs at Turf Moor tomorrow, but the Elland Road boss is quietly confident his side will drive a hole through Burnley's outstanding home record.

Grayson said Burnley would face the pressure of expectancy this weekend, seven months after their relegation from the Premier League and United's promotion from League One.

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The clubs are shaping up as possible play-off rivals with Leeds holding sixth position in the Championship and Burnley two places further back, and Grayson's squad will travel to Turf Moor with the impetus of a seven-game unbeaten run behind them.

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The Clarets have lost only once at home this season, routed 4-0 by Reading in October during a glaring blip in their Turf Moor form, and United's manager said the result should encourage his players to feel confident about their chances of registering a fifth away win.

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"We know their strengths but they've got weaknesses as well," Grayson said. "It wasn't so long ago that Reading turned them over at home.

"I hope we can do that, but we're not favourites and we shouldn't be favourites in any away game this season. We're a team out of League One this year and they've come down from the Premier League.

"They've kept the majority of that squad and they've added other players who've played at that level before.

"They've had a fantastic home run and any team who come down from the Premier League have to be favourites but on our day we're capable of beating teams in a higher division. We've shown that on a couple of occasions in the past.

"They know they've got a great chance of getting promoted.

"It's going to be a hostile atmosphere but they have to be aware of what we've been doing as well.

"I'm sure they'll give us the respect due to a team who are unbeaten in seven games in the Championship."

United's squad trained at Elland Road yesterday after freezing temperatures prevented them from using the outdoor pitches at Thorp Arch.

Burnley did likewise, completing yesterday's session at Turf Moor, but the Lancashire club expect tomorrow's game to survive the cold weather and go ahead as planned.

More than 19,000 tickets have already been sold for the game, guaranteeing Burnley their biggest home crowd of the season.

Brian Laws' side have not played for a fortnight following the postponement of their trip to Portsmouth last weekend, and they dropped behind Leeds in the Championship table after United's spirited victory over Crystal Palace.

United called in volunteers to ensure that their pitch was clear for Palace's visit to Elland Road and Grayson has no desire to see tomorrow's fixture called off with his side in impressive form.

Grayson said: "Both teams and both sets of supporters will want the game to be on."

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