Match Preview: Leeds United


Whilst the sentimental factor in Simon Grayson’s move to Leeds cannot be understated, Larry spent the best years of playing career at Filbert Street. Grayson made 214 starts for the Foxes in all competitions and scored six goals. The Ripon born right-back averaged a goal every fifty games during his playing days. Easily his most important strike for the Foxes was the equaliser in the Coca-Cola Cup semi-final at Wimbledon, which helped City progress to their first league cup triumph under Martin O’Neil.

This fixture was highlighted at the start of the season as a potential fight for top spot. Back in August it was Leeds, not Leicester who were favourites for the title. Now three high street bookmakers have City as odds on to finish the season in first, William Hill list Leeds at 16/1. Grayson will have his work cut out.

Key Stats
Leeds’ current form has been well advertised, six matches ago the Whites were 2nd, now they lie 9th. Thanks to their defeat of Peterborough last week, Leicester now have the longest current unbeaten run in League One of eight games.

Since both sides dropped out of the Premier League City have won two of their three trips to Elland Road. Oldham, Huddersfield and Colchester have emerged with maximum points so far this term.

Whilst many people have pointed to defensive problems, psychological issues could also be affecting Leeds. The club have let more points slip than any other in League One. Leeds have lost four games in which they at one stage had the lead, they’ve dropped 16 points in total, enough to put them top of the division.

On This Day
Leicester turned a half-time deficit into a Boxing Day win at Hull on this day in 2006. Goals from Patrick Kisnorbo and Gareth Williams secured all three points for City in a 2-1 win. The result put the Foxes 16th after 25 games, Hull were left five points adrift of safety on 21 points. How depressing.

Selected Odds
Leeds – 13/8 (Bet365)
Draw – 12/5 (Sky Bet)
Leicester – 17/10 (William Hill)

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