Leeds United's unwanted streak, Kiko Casilla under pressure, Lee Johnson's Marcelo Bielsa record - four things ahead of Leeds United v Bristol City

Leeds United welcome Bristol City to Elland Road in Championship action - but what are some of the key talking points ahead of the game?

Saturday, 15th February 2020, 7:00 am
Leeds United's Liam Cooper and Patrick Bamford salute the travelling support at Brentford. (Image: Bruce Rollinson)

Lee Johnson's Marcelo Bielsa record

The Bristol City boss has faced his Leeds United counterpart on three occasions since the Argentine made the move to Elland Road in 2018.

Johnson is yet to see his side earn a single point against the Whites, but will be hoping to see that run end in LS11 this weekend.

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United's unwanted streak, mixed with the Robins strong away form

Leeds United have won just twice in their last 11 Championship games, though they still remain second in the Championship.

During that run Marcelo Bielsa's side have conceded first in nine of those games - something the Whites will be looking to change at Elland Road as the promotion race hots up.

Bristol City, meanwhile, boast the second best away record in the division alongside United.

Leaders West Brom have picked up 35 points on their travels, with Leeds and the Robins both acquiring 28 points away from home.

Lee Johnson has guided his team to eight wins, four draws and four defeats away from Ashton Gate.

Kiko Casilla under pressure to deliver

Another costly mistake from Leeds goalkeeper Kiko Casilla has once again put him in the spotlight.

The Spaniard is under pressure to produce a strong performance after his slip at Brentford in midweek.

The error at Griffin Park was preceded by disappointing showings against Nottingham Forest and Wigan.

Marcelo Bielsa has continued to back the former Real Madrid stopper during his struggles between the sticks, and he now needs to repay his faith with a clean sheet.

No breathing space left in the promotion race

During United's drop in form the closing pack have narrowed the gap in the hunt for automatic promotion to the Premier League.

An advantage that was once 11 points over third is now goal difference alone.

Leeds sit second ahead of third-placed Fulham by just three goals with second to seventh in the Championship separated by three points alone.

Bristol City are the side who sit just outside the play-offs places. Three points for either team on Saturday afternoon will provide a big boost.