COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Leeds will host QPR at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon for a Championship clash.
Garry Monk’s Yorkshire giants are currently battling high in the table in fourth, while Ian Holloway’s team are sat down in mid-table in 14th.
QPR have little to play for other than pride with 10 games left of the season, while Leeds will do their best to earn a play-off placing once the season ends.
Now, Football Insider has predicted three things that are likely to happen in the encounter between Leeds and QPR.
QPR’s run against Leeds to end
QPR are unbeaten in their last five matches against Leeds with three victories and two draws. However, these results have mainly came with the Yorkshire giants struggling on the field. Additionally, Monk’s outfit were not the same side that they were on the first day of the season when they fell to a 3-0 defeat at Loftus Road. It is very much expected that the Whites will end QPR’s unbeaten run against themselves at home on Saturday and victory to Leeds at Elland Road is surely a banker.
Wood, Hernandez and Ayling recalled
The key trio were all omitted from the starting line-up against Fulham in the 1-1 draw in midweek. Pablo Hernandez was reduced to an unused substitute appearance, while Luke Ayling missed out due to the birth of his daughter. Chris Wood also sat out of the side due to an injury. However, all three are likely to be named in the starting eleven once more at Elland Road as Monk aims for all three points at this crucial stage of the Championship season.
Green to put in another top display
A match against a former club is always heightened in importance and that will be no different for goalkeeper Rob Green on Saturday. The 37-year-old was completely frozen out at the London club due to a clause in his contract triggering a contract extension if he played in 30 matches. He was eventually released by QPR before moving to Leeds in the summer, where he has so far shown his old team were wrong to so easily discard him. The former England international has been key to the Yorkshire club’s success between the sticks and it is highly expected that he will impress once more at the weekend.
In other Leeds news, David Prutton believes Monk must name this senior key man in his team against QPR.