This Saturday’s blockbuster Sky Bet Championship clash sees the top two collide as league leaders, Leeds United welcome Norwich City to Carrow Road.
Just three points separate these teams but Norwich could be under pressure come kick off, if Sheffield United move ahead with a mid afternoon win and West Bromwich Albion collect three points against Middlesbrough to move a point behind.
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Leeds will be without Stuart Dallas for six weeks with an ankle injury picked up in training, having only just returned from a foot injury recently.
Once again, Marcelo Bielsa has name his team with two changes as Tyler Roberts will start up front and Pontus Jansson returns from suspension to replace Kalvin Phillips in central defence.
Barry Douglas will be on the subs bench whilst Izzy Brown isn’t ready for a first team appearance yet.
Gaetano Berardi (hamstring) and Patrick Bamford (knee) remain sidelined.
Norwich have no fresh injury concerns and could throw new signing, Philip Heise into the squad.
Louis Thompson (shoulder) and Carlton Morris (knee/ankle) are still sidelined whilst Alex Tettey (abductor muscle), Moritz Leitner (ankle) and Timm Klose (knee) are now long-term absentees with no return date in foreseeable future.
Leeds enter this clash in poor form with just two wins from five games in 2019 across all competitions, including last time out at Rotherham.
The Whites have met just one of their top six rivals at home so far this season, playing out a goalless draw against Middlesbrough back in August.
Norwich meanwhile have lost just one of their last 17 league games and twice overall in their last 18 across all competitions.
The Canaries however have drawn three of their last four league games with last two away games finishing 1-1.
- Leeds have avoided defeat in eight of last ten meetings with Norwich (W4, D4, L2).
- Both teams have scored in four of last six meetings.
- Leeds’ last five goals in this fixture have all come from five different goal scorers.
- Norwich’s last two away goals both came in 83rd minute in 1-1 draws against Brentford and West Bromwich Albion.
- Norwich has the best away record out of the top six with only one defeat from 14 away games.
Leeds really need a win here after a rotten January but Norwich are doing what champions do and eke out points at difficult times of season like now.
I therefore can see a draw coming here between the top two which could open the door for West Brom and Sheffield United, although a point here could prove to be the difference between a top two finish and the play-off spots come May.
Prediction: Leeds United 1-1 Norwich City
Result: Leeds United 1-3 Norwich City