Leeds United v Birmingham City: Big match preview

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Check out our at a glance guide to Leeds United’s clash with Birmingham City at Elland Road.

Key Battle - Stuart Dallas v Paul Caddis

Birmingham City's Clayton Donaldson challenges Ipswich Town's Christophe Berra.

Birmingham City's Clayton Donaldson challenges Ipswich Town's Christophe Berra.

The right side of United’s attacking line is a questionable area and it won’t be a surprise if Will Buckley makes a full debut on Saturday.

On the opposite flank, Dallas is settled and looking dangerous whenever the flow of a game gives him the chance to go at the opposition time and again. Caddis will offer hard, solid resistance at right-back and dominance in that area is vital.

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Key Man - Clayton Donaldson

Uwe Rosler knows all about Donaldson. The well-travelled striker was one of his first signings at Brentford and a player who figured heavily in the German’s successful spell as manager there. Donaldson is tall, powerful and can usually be relied on to chip in with goals. With only three to his name so far this season, he’s probably due another.

Last time at Elland Road:

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Leeds United 1 Birmingham City 1

Goals: Leeds - Murphy 86. Birmingham - Caddis 8 pen.

Phil Hay’s Verdict:

This is a must-win match for Leeds in the sense that anything less than a victory would leave the club looking at a return of 11 or 12 points from 10 matches.

That would surely fall below Rosler’s own target and with Birmingham suddenly dealing with a mediocre run of results, this feels like a fixture that United must take advantage of.

Match Odds:

Home win - 13/10

Draw - 13/5

Away win - 23/10

Thomas Christiansen

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