“Could Easily Match Their Opposition” – The Real EFL Pundits Predict Leeds United vs Leicester City

Friday night’s Championship action sees league leaders Leicester City travel to fellow promotion hopefuls Leeds United

Leicester currently sit nine points clear at the top of the second tier with 78 points after 33 matches played, however, their position looks slightly less favourable than it did last week, following a 2-1 loss at home to Middlesborough. Although, that was only the eighth game all season that the East Midlands club have dropped points in. The Foxes’ impressive record has been no fluke, as they currently sit top of the league for goals scored and joint top for fewest conceded.

The team who are currently tying with them for the best defensive record all season is Leeds. The Yorkshire outfit have also conceded only 26 goals, which has allowed them to climb up to second in the division. The start of their season was more up and down than the current leaders’, however, having now won eight league games in a row, they have truly cemented themselves as a player in the fight for the automatics.

Elland Road has also been a happy hunting ground for the club, as they remain unbeaten there this term, only drawing four and winning their other 12. Their fans will be hoping that the record can continue in this bumper fixture.

A home victory would see Leeds close the gap on Leicester to within six points, whereas a victory for the away side could see their lead extend to 12 points come midnight Friday, albeit with Ipswich and Southampton both playing their games on Saturday.

Here’s how two of The Real EFL writing team see it going…

Charlie Beeston

“When you search up ‘six-pointers’ in the dictionary, the definition it provides is simply a preview of this game. If Leicester are able to hand Leeds their first loss at Elland Road all season, then it becomes hard to look past them as champions. The Yorkshire currently seem like the side most likely to take the challenge to the champions-elect with their recent run and strong defensive record in the last five fixtures too. 

The game promises to show off two of the league’s best attacks, although with both clubs having the best defensive records too, there may not be as many goals as the number of attacks could suggest. 

I struggle to predict a winner here. Leicester have shown themselves to be one of the best sides the Championship has ever seen this season and will be wanting to bounce back from that disappointing defeat last week. However, Leeds have hardly been poor, and could easily match their opposition, therefore, I am going to predict this to be an exciting, end-to-end draw.”

Leeds United 1-1 Leicester City

Ivan Newsome

“This game was no doubt one that both sides would’ve outlined at the start of the season as a pivotal one. Given the size as well as the history of the two clubs, they’ll be looking to return to the top flight at the first possible opportunity.

As you’d potentially suspect, Leicester and Leeds are the top two teams in the division, yet they are separated by a whole nine points. A win for Leicester could potentially put the title race to bed, but Leeds will be up for it and based on recent form, have a great chance. The fact that it is also being played at Elland Road only boosts their chances and they might be able to close the gap at the top to six points.

It should be a rather attacking affair and one of the best games of the Championship season at that. Expect fireworks and potentially some late drama, Leeds just edge it at the minute for me.”

Leeds United 3-2 Leicester City

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