Swansea City v Leeds United: Big Match Preview including key battle and Swans key man
AHEAD of Leeds United's Championship clash at Swansea City on Sunday, the YEP puts together a Big Match Preview looking at the main threats within Steve Cooper's side.
United approach the clash following Thursday's 5-0 romp at home to Stoke City but Swansea are also entering the contest following back-to-back wins.
TV: LUTV only
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Venue: Liberty Stadium (behind closed doors)
Odds (best available): Swansea win - 4-1
Draw - 31-10
Leeds win - 13-17
LAST TIME AT LIBERTY STADIUM
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Swansea City 2 Leeds United 2. Goals: Swansea - McBurnie (24, 51); Leeds - Roofe (40), Hernandez (79).
KEY BATTLE - MATT GRIMES V MATEUSZ KLICH
Grimes' season-long loan at Leeds in the 2016-17 campaign did not exactly go according to plan but the 24-year-old midfielder is continuing to thrive back at the Swans where he is now club captain.
Grimes produced an impressive display in centre-midfield in Wednesday's 3-1 victory at Birmingham City and now looks set for an intriguing battle in the middle of the park with United's Polish international centre midfielder Mateusz Klich who dazzled in Thursday's win at home to Stoke City.
SWANSEA KEY MAN - RHIAN BREWSTER
England under-21s striker Brewster joined the Swans on loan from Liverpool for the rest of the season in January and the forward has now netted eight goals in 16 games.
Brewster excelled in the centre-forward role in Wednesday's triumph at St Andrews with Andre Ayew and Conor Gallagher either side of him with 20-year-old Brewster netting the opening goal of the game for the second contest in a row. Whites centre-backs Ben White and Liam Cooper will need to be on their guard.
LEE SOBOT'S VERDICT
Seven points from United's final four games will now guarantee automatic promotion, even if second-placed West Brom and third-placed Brentford win all their remaining games and both are in action today with Brentford at ninth-placed Derby County before West Brom visit Blackburn Rovers.
But Leeds will only be focusing on their own clash in South Wales against a Swans side who are finishing the season with a flourish and sit just one point off the play-offs in seventh.
Steve Cooper's side can play some decent football but if United repeat Thursday night's display against Stoke there will surely only be one conclusion though this presents an altogether different test. Possibly a narrow away win.