Leeds United v Cardiff City: Big match preview

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

KEY BATTLE

Giuseppe Bellusci v Joe Mason: Bellusci is likely to return to United’s starting line-up tonight as Sol Bamba serves a one-match ban, and Leeds need a far better performance from him than they got when he last played at Middlesbrough.

Cardiff don’t have many goals in their team but Mason knows how to finish when the mood takes him and errors like those seen against Blackburn will not go unpunished.

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CARDIFF KEY MAN

David Marshall: The Scotland goalkeeper has been a reliable last line of defence and Cardiff’s goals-conceded column stands at 11 after 14 matches – which is just as well given the problems at the other end of the field.

That solidity have kept the play-offs within reach and two league defeats is a very credible record.

LAST TIME AT ELLAND ROAD

Saturday, April 11, 2015, Leeds United 1 Cardiff City 2 – Goals: Leeds - Phillips 17. Cardiff – Morrison 14, Gunnarsson 62.

EXPERT VIEW

Phil Hay’s verdict: Cardiff are by no stretch an outstanding side in the Championship but it is very difficult to have any confidence about Leeds at present. Bamba is suspended, Tom Adeyemi is ineligible against his parent club and while neither player has been hugely impressive this season, Steve Evans will have a hard job replacing them.

The saving grace might be Cardiff’s limp attack.

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