Marcelo Bielsa wary, Danny Cowley talks up Leeds United and Huddersfield Town's Elland Road record - Yorkshire derby headlines

Leeds United welcome Huddersfield Town to Elland Road in Championship action on Saturday afternoon - but what are the key headlines ahead of kick-off?

By Joe Urquhart
Saturday, 7th March 2020, 7:00 am

Marcelo Bielsa's wary of Terriers threat

Leeds United's head coach believes Huddersfield Town are a different beast, and is aware of the threat they pose in LS11 this afternoon.

"I remember the previous match was tough, difficult," Bielsa said.

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Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa greets Huddersfield Town boss Danny Cowley. (Image: Bruce Rollinson)

"For us it was difficult to play well. They created chances in this match and we couldn’t make a big difference against that.

"What I feel that the match on Saturday, this team, they are a better team than the team in the first match against them.

"I think that before January was a period for them where the new manager was knowing his team.

"And what happened from January so far is more similar to the thought of the new manager, what he wants from the team."

Danny Cowley talks up Leeds

The Town boss was high in his praise after the reverse fixture, and has once again talked up the Whites as the Championship's best.

"We are respectful of Leeds," Cowley said.

"They have had a very good season thus far. They have put themselves in a really good position and they are a team that play with a real energy and intensity and play fast and furious football with real purpose.

"Their movement is outstanding and they are the best in the league in terms of counter-runs and double movements and penetrative nature of their movement and their rotation and ability to empty and fill up space.

"They ask an awful lot of questions defensively, but we have to make sure we match that physically in our tactical organisation against the ball and cause Leeds a problem when we have the ball. We have worked hard to focus on both sides of games.

"We must be at the top of our game with and against the ball to get something. Leeds are the best team in the division, in my opinion.

"But we feel in a much better place than we did when we last faced Leeds."

Huddersfield Town's Elland Road record

It will be Huddersfield's first visit to Elland Road since September 2016.

The Terriers, though, have won on their last two visits to LS11 - which includes a 4-1 demolition of Leeds - and have won three and lost two in their last five trips.

There also hasn't been a draw between the two sides home or away since February 2010.

Key injuries for both sides

Bielsa will be without forward Jean-Kevin Augustin this weekend for a third game in a row.

The RB Leipzig loanee has suffered a hamstring strain which will keep him sidelined for the Terriers clash and has been limited to just three substitute appearances since his arrival in January.

Cowley has also received a blow with the news that club captain Jonathan Hogg will be missing.

Midfielder Andy King, though, is hopeful of being included while goalkeeper Kamil Grabara will return to the Terriers matchday squad.