Prior to the international break Leeds lost 1-0 at home to Swansea, thanks to a 90th minute goal. It was a match they’d won last season, so 3 points lost from last year decreases their projected total back down to 85 points.
Next Up Barnsley
Leeds are next in action in a lunch time kick-off at Barnsley. This is the first game of the season where they come up against a team that wasn’t in the division last year. Therefore I’ll use the result against Bolton for the comparison. Leeds won that match last season, so only a win at Barnsley will do if they want to prevent the projected total slipping back any further.
Barnsley started the season well with a 1-0 win over Fulham, but have failed to win since the opening day. Leeds will want to get their promotion push back on track, after suffering their first league defeat of the season, in the match against Swansea.
The last time Barnsley were in the Championship (2017/18 season) Leeds were comfortable 2-0 winners, but their local rivals have not always proved an easy hunting ground in recent times, with Barnsley winning 4 of the last 6 encounters on their home turf. Although Leeds 2 wins have both come in the last 3 encounters.
This season a little more spice is added to the fixture, due to a number of Leeds ex-academy players, being snapped up by their Yorkshire rivals during the summer transfer window. Most notable was the transfer of Mallik Wilks, who was in fine form last season, on loan at Doncaster, helping them to the playoffs and looked to have earned himself a shot at the Leeds first team.
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