Check out our at a glance gudie to Leeds United’s clash with Barnsley at Elland Road.
Key Battle - Hadi Sacko v Cole Kpekawa
This could have been Sacko versus Aidy White but Leeds’ former player has a muscle injury and made way for Kpekawa a few games ago. Sacko came in for criticism for his finishing against Bristol City in midweek but his running was the driving force behind United’s late onslaught and he is causing regular problems for Championship defences. Can 20-year-old Kpekawa handle him?
Key Man - Conor Hourihane
Barnsley’s Irish midfielder has been effective on so many fronts, scoring three times, assisting four goals but topping the stats as a defensive asset too. The former Plymouth player rarely fails to impress and, at a club who produce no end of footballers who others want to sign, Hourihane might attract some interest in January.
Last time at Elland Road:
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Leeds United 0 Barnsley 0
Phil Hay’s view: “Leeds have to be on the money defensively and Barnsley will be very pleased if Pontus Jansson fails to overcome his hamstring strain. The Tykes are averaging two goals a game and have already stuck four past Wolves and Rotherham in league matches. Leeds, however, are carrying more threat themselves and Barnsley’s defence is not exactly watertight. This is a day for ambitious tactics.”
Home win - 5/4
Draw - 5/2
Away win - 5/2
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