By Will Butcher
Ian Holloway has predicted that Leeds will score against Championship rivals Cardiff on Saturday, but a 1-1 draw is the most likely outcome.
The former Blackpool manager claims that the Yorkshire giants have improved recently but will face an uphill task against Paul Trollope’s Cardiff side who currently sit in 21st position with the Bluebirds home form being a decisive factor in Holloway’s prediction.
Leeds have struggled for momentum this season, with just two wins from seven Championship fixtures and Sky Sports pundit Holloway believes the former Champions League side could find it difficult at the Cardiff City Stadium.
“Leeds have picked up of late, while Cardiff are struggling,” Holloway wrote in his Sky Sports column. “This is a hard one to predict as Cardiff obviously need to get going and things have not been falling their way of late, but they are pretty good at home.”
Under-fire manager Garry Monk is looking to orchestrate some momentum for his side following his side’s last-gasp win against Blackburn on Tuesday night, as Kyle Bartley rose highest to head home a 2-1 winner in the 86th-minute.
Cardiff have lost three games on the trot to the likes of Reading, Norwich and Preston and Leeds will be hoping to make that four at lunchtime on Saturday.
A win for Leeds would see them move up the league into mid-table obscurity, but a loss could see Monk’s men fall back into the relegation zone.
In other Leeds news, here is the combined XI between Monk’s side and Cardiff.