Leeds United v Watford: Last five meetings at Elland Road

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Leeds and Watford have faced each other 23 times in the past and tomorrow’s visitors have the edge overall, with nine wins to Leeds’ eight alongside six draws.

And the Hertfordshire side have enjoyed a dominant spell across their last five trips to West Yorkshire.

The Whites have taken just two points from a possible 12 in the league when the Hornets have been in town, with their only home success coming with 2-1 win in the League Cup in 2009.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2013 – LEEDS UNITED 3 WATFORD 3

Watford threw away a two-goal lead but had Troy Deeney to thank as they rescued a late point in a pulsating clash at Elland Road.

The Hornets led through Deeney’s close-range strike on 12 minutes and they doubled their advantage on the stroke of half-time through Cristian Battocchio.

But Danny Pugh brought the home side back into the game with a neat finish from a tight angle before Matt Smith nodded in an equaliser to put Leeds level before the hour.

Leeds went ahead for the first time on 78 minutes through Ross McCormack, but Deeney fired in his second of the day with four minutes left to ensure a share of the spoils.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2012 – LEEDS UNITED 1 WATFORD 6

With the takeover of GFH Capital on the horizon for the club, arguably a sign of things to come saw Leeds on the wrong end of the biggest ever score in a match between the sides.

The game started positively for the Whites but the visitors took the lead through Matej Vydra on 28 minutes and the score remained 1-0 going into the break. However, Jason Pearce was sent off on the stroke of half-time and the Hornets took full advantage with five second-half goals.

Almen Abdi kicked off the rout, scoring on the hour, before current Bradford City man Mark Yeates put his side 3-0 up on 75 minutes.

Michael Tonge scored a penalty with ten minutes to go to make it 3-1, but any hopes of a comeback were dashed as Vydra added his second on 83 minutes before Deeney and Sean Murray both scored in added time to add insult to injury for the home side.

SATURDAY MARCH 31, 2012 – LEEDS UNITED 0 WATFORD 2

Chris Iwelumo was the difference between the two sides as Neil Warnock’s wait for a first home win as Leeds boss went on.

The Whites had lost 1-0 to Southampton before a 1-1 draw with West Ham was followed by a 7-3 drubbing against Nottingham Forest, and this proved to be another fruitless clash at Elland Road.

The Hornets started well and took the lead on five minutes, Iwelumo slotting Deeney’s through ball past Andy Lonergan. He then added a decisive second with minutes to go, tapping in a blocked shot from Deeney.

Leeds defender Paul Connolly picked up a second yellow card in injury time as United failed to win for the fourth successive game at Elland Road and Watford extended their unbeaten run to seven matches.

SATURDAY APRIL 16, 2010 – LEEDS UNITED 2 WATFORD 2

The spoils were eventually shared in this entertaining Championship clash which saw all the goals come within the space of 16 second-half minutes.

The game was close throughout and the score remained 0-0 at the break, but Luciano Becchio finally broke the deadlock with a header on 72 minutes. However, Watford hit back through Lee Hodson six minutes later. Andreas Weimann looked to have won it for the visitors after his close-range finish with four minutes to go, but Deeney netted an own goal on 88 minutes.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2009 - LEEDS UNITED 2 WATFORD 1.

Robert Snodgrass proved to be the hero in this second round Carling Cup tie, scoring both of Leeds’ goals, including an extra-time winner, to send United through.

In the first game between the sides since Watford’s 3-0 Championship Play-Off Final success in 2006, League One Leeds came into the game as underdogs against their Championship rivals, but took the lead on 38 minutes as Snodgrass produced a neat finish from inside the penalty area.

Leeds hung on to their slender advantage until the dying minutes but Marvin Sordell struck to level the scores with three minutes to go. ​Watford deserved their leveller from the current Burnley front man, but Leeds progressed to the next round thanks to another composed finish from Snodgrass during the first half of extra-time.

Leeds went on to host Liverpool in round three but the visitors, who had the likes of Steven Gerrard and Javier Mascherano in their side for the tie, came away with a 1-0 win courtesy of a 66th minute goal from David N’Gog.

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