Leeds United: Whites agree new date for Cherries’ at Elland Road

Sunderland v Leeds United.'United's head coach Neil Redfearn.'4th January 2015.'Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe.
Sunderland v Leeds United.'United's head coach Neil Redfearn.'4th January 2015.'Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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Leeds United will host Bournemouth four days after next week’s crucial clash with Birmingham City following a rapid rearrangement of the postponed league fixture.

Bournemouth, the current Championship leaders, will come to Elland Road for a Tuesday night game on January 20 following their progression to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Leeds were originally due to play Eddie Howe’s side on January 24 but the Football League has re-scheduled the match for the same week, immediately after Birmingham’s visit to Elland Road.

United head coach Neil Redfearn admitted that Leeds were given little control over the date of the rearranged match, saying the fixture list had offered few other suitable nights for the game to be played.

“In the end it was out of our hands,” Redfearn said.

“That was the only date we could have played them on because other fixtures which fell after it got in the way.

“But it falls when it falls and it’s a great game for us. They’ll be sore from us beating them down there earlier in the season. They haven’t had that done to them many times.”

Leeds produced their only away win of the season at Dean Court in September, fighting back from a goal down to earn a 3-1 victory with second-half strikes from Souleymane Doukara, Giuseppe Bellusci and Mirco Antenucci.

Bournemouth have gone on to dominate the division since then, however, and their trip to Elland Road will come on the back of United’s meeting with Birmingham, one of the sides involved with Leeds in a tight relegation battle.

Bournemouth reached the FA Cup’s fourth round with a 5-1 rout of Rotherham United last weekend and they are due to travel to Premier League side Aston Villa over the weekend of January 24, one of three fixtures facing Howe’s squad in the space of eight days.

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