Leeds were in great form at Stoke, on Saturday, in a match they’d lost 2-1 last season. They didn’t score until the 42nd minute, but their 2nd half showing, was up there with their best performances from last year and the final score of 3-0 could easily have been much greater.
So 3 points gained from a fixture they took nothing from last year, increases their projected total to 88 points.
Next Up Swansea
The final match, before the international break. Sees Leeds take on Swansea at Elland Road, in what’s turned out to be a top of the table clash. It’s a match Leeds won 2-1 last year, so no opportunity for them to increase the projected total, but they’ll need to win in order to preserve the points they’ve gained over the last 2 games.
Swansea helped contribute to Leeds failure to get promoted last season. With the transfer of Dan James all set to go through on the final day of the January transfer window, Swansea pulled the plug on the deal at the 11th hour. We’ll never know if James would have made the difference in the race to a top 2 finish, but it could have been the small difference that got them over the line.
Swansea arrive at Elland Road in good form. The end of last season saw them suffer just 1 defeat in their final 9 matches (albeit a 4-0 loss to QPR). They won all their pre-season friendlies and like Leeds, have won 5 out of 6 league and cup games so far this season.
With the 2 teams currently sitting joint top of the Championship, Leeds will need to be in top form, to repeat last year’s win over a Strong Swansea team. In the run in, last season, Leeds lost home matches to both their promotion rivals, which ultimately cost them a place in the Premier League. If they want to see a different outcome this season, it’s a game they can’t afford to slip up in.
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