Haven’t we met before? A recent history of Leeds United v Birmingham City

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LEEDS UNITED are looking for an instant response to last Sunday’s disappointing 3-0 defeat at Middlesbrough when they welcome Birmingham City to Elland Road on Saturday.

Uwe Rosler’s men find themselves 15th in the Championship with just two wins from their opening nine games, while the Blues sit nicely in fifth following their 2-0 victory over Brentford on Tuesday night.

WE'LL MEET AGAIN: Action from last year's 1-1- draw between Leeds United and Birmingham City at Elland Road. Picture: Simon Hulme.

WE'LL MEET AGAIN: Action from last year's 1-1- draw between Leeds United and Birmingham City at Elland Road. Picture: Simon Hulme.

This is the 99th meeting between the sides, who have won 36 games apiece, with the last few meetings seeing the teams earn equal bragging rights.

Here is a reminder of what happened during the most recent clashes in Yorkshire.

Leeds United 1 Birmingham City 1 - January 17, 2015

Luke Murphy grabbed a late equaliser to move Leeds away from the relegation places in the Championship.

They were without a win in six games and fell behind inside eight minutes when Paul Caddis converted a penalty after Liam Cooper brought down Clayton Donaldson.

The Blues were resurgent under Gary Rowett but were unable to hold on for the victory, as Murphy levelled four minutes from time with a sweetly-struck volley into the roof of the net.

Leeds United 4 Birmingham City 0 - October 20, 2013

Matt Smith scored twice while Ross McCormack and Rodolph Austin completed the scoring as Leeds ran riot against a hapless Birmingham to move up to ninth in the table.

McCormack took advantage of a mix-up between goalkeeper and defence in the 18th minute, before his cross was headed home by Austin to double the lead 15 minutes later.

The Scot also played a part in the third as his shot was parried by Darren Randolph before being finished by Smith, who powered home his second with a header from Alex Mowatt’s cross 16 minutes from time.

Leeds United 0 Birmingham City 1 - October 27, 2012

Leroy Lita’s stunning strike was enough to give the Blues victory and send Leeds to a first defeat in seven.

United saw good opportunities to break the deadlock go begging, as El-Hadj Diouf and Sam Byram brought the very best out of future Whites stopper Jack Butland.

Lita scored what proved to be the winner 14 minutes from time with a thumping strike from 30 yards that left Paddy Kenny grasping at thin air.

Leeds United 1 Birmingham City 4 - January 31, 2012

Nikola Zigic scored all four of Birmingham’s goals, including a seven-minute hat-trick, as the Blues stretched their unbeaten run to 10 games.

That record looked to be in jeopardy when Ross McCormack fired Leeds in front after 19 minutes, but Zigic equalised with a neat header 12 minutes later.

The 6 foot 7 inch striker was unmarked to rifle in his second just after the hour mark and a further two headers completed the rout while maintaining his side’s promotion push.

Leeds United 3 Birmingham City 2 - September 23, 2006

An Olivier Tebily own goal lifted Leeds out of the relegation zone following a difficult week which had seen Kevin Blackwell sacked three days previously.

John Carver was put in temporary charge and David Healy gave him the perfect start with the opening goal after just six minutes.

The Blues drew level on 13 minutes when Tony Warner put through his own net after Martin Taylor’s shot, but Healy restored the hosts’ lead with his second two minutes later.

Nicklas Bendtner looked to have rescued a point with 16 minutes remaining, but Tebily’s own goal five minutes from the death gave United all three points.

League Positions: Leeds - 15th, P9 W2 D5 L2 F9 A11 GD-2 Pts11; Birmingham - 5th, P9 W4 D3 L2 F14 A10 GD4 Pts15

Top scorers: Leeds - Chris Wood (4); Birmingham - Clayton Donaldson (4)

Last 5 games – Leeds:

Middesbrough (A) L 0-3

MK Dons (A) W 2-1 (Wood, Taylor)

Ipswich Town (H) L 0-1

Brentford (H) D 1-1 (Antenucci)

Derby County (A) W 2-1 (Adeyemi, Wood)

Birmingham

Brentford (H) W 2-0 (Morrison, Donaldson)

Rotherham United (H) L 0-2

Ipswich Town (A) D 1-1 (Cotterill)

Nottingham Forest (H) L 0-1

Bristol City (H) W 4-2 (Donaldson 3, Grounds)

Played for both clubs: Steven Caldwell, Neil Kilkenny, Jack Butland, Tom Adeyemi, Tony Capaldi, Ian Bennett, Robbie Blake

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy at Elland Road on Saturday. Picture by Simon Hulme

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