Lee Sobot looks at five things we are hoping to see from Leeds United’s Wednesday night Championship visit to Bristol City
A first win under Uwe Rosler
To the most pressing matter first and Wednesday night’s tie at Ashton Gate hopefully gives United a decent chance to bag their first victory. City were tipped by some to be the Championship’s surprise package this year but after two games the Robins are pointless after defeats to Sheffield Wednesday and Brentford which sandwiched a Capital One Cup loss at Luton. There’s no denying there are promising signs at Leeds under Rosler and draws with Burnley and at Reading are decent enough results but Saturday’s hosting of Sheffield Wednesday won’t be easy - ditto the following weekend’s trip to Derby County.
More creativity from United’s midfield
Whilst Leeds are looking solid under Rosler, there’s a definite need to create more chances with sole striker Chris Wood currently feeding on scraps. Leeds will again have to make do without the suspended Lewis Cook but it is hoped that Sam Byram and Stuart Dallas can terrorise the City backline and provide plenty of dangerous crosses for Wood - as was missing at Reading.
Defying numbers in the away end
United were roared on by nearly 3,500 visiting fans in the Capital One Cup tie at Doncaster Rovers and some 4,000 at Reading. Yet rebuilding work at Ashton Gate means the Whites have only been allocated 1,300 tickets for Wednesday’s fixture. The reduced travelling contingent will have to be more vocal than ever - and can be relied upon to be so.
The continued improvement of Luke Murphy
Murphy missed the whole of pre-season with injury but is gradually getting himself back into the fray and might even start at Bristol with Alex Mowatt looking leggy in Sunday’s draw at Reading. Murphy improved at a rate of knots last season and could provide the extra creative spark which Leeds are lacking, especially in Lewis Cook’s absence.
Another strong showing from Kalvin Phillips
United were continually hailed last season for having a ‘fab four’ of homegrown talented youngsters in Lewis Cook, Charlie Taylor, Alex Mowatt and Sam Byram. With 19-year-old Phillips excelling in midfield during Sunday’s draw at the Madejski, that fab four can hopefully now be upgraded to a fab five. Phillips looked a natural at the weekend and, if picked to start, can hopefully produce an equally impressive display.