Leeds United v Rotherham United: Big match preview

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Check out our at-aglance guide to Leeds United’s clash with Rotherham United at Elland Road.

Key Battle - Steve Evans v Neil Redfearn

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This is a strange occasion for both coaches; a reunion with the last club they managed before taking on their current jobs. Redfearn’s exit from Leeds was more bitter and acrimonious than Evans’ departure from Rotherham but they will feel as sure as each other that Saturday’s fixture is not a game to lose.

Who will handle the situation well? Who will see the contest with most clarity? And will either man let the occasion get to them?

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Key Man - Brandon Barker

Uwe Rosler had a close look at Barker during the summer but a loan from Manchester City was a deal which United owner Massimo Cellino didn’t want to sanction. The winger only joined Rotherham a fortnight ago but he started and scored on his debut - albeit in a 5-2 defeat to Ipswich - and Redfearn has to find imagination from somewhere. Otherwise his team are in dire trouble.

Last time at Elland Road:

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Leeds United 0 Rotherham United 0

Phil Hay’s verdict:

In different circumstances, Redfearn could have worked the crowd tomorrow and used his popularity at Elland Road to his advantage but Rotherham are badly out of form and have not won a single game under him yet.

It’s fairly plain where the pressure lies and Redfearn doesn’t have the luxury of thinking about anything other than his side’s predicament.

In short, Leeds should seriously fancy their chances.

Match Odds:

Home win - 11/13

Draw - 11/4

Away win - 50/13

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