Bristol City assistant head coach Jamie McAllister has boldly claimed that Leeds United should be a team fighting in the top six ahead of their Championship meeting at Elland Road on Sunday.
Paul Heckingbottom will be taking charge of his first home game in charge of the Yorkshire giants after a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane last weekend.
Speaking in a pre-match press conference on Thursday, McAllister has predicted that the impact of a new manager in front of the home crowd will be something that Bristol City will have to be wary of when they travel to Leeds on Sunday.
“It will be Leeds’ first home game under the new manager and they’ll be up for it, so we need to be ready from the start. The first 20 minutes will be important,” he said, as quoted by the Robins’ official Twitter account.
“Leeds are a top six side for me. They’ll look to turn their fortunes around and they’ll also want to impress their new manager.”


Bristol City go into this weekend’s action sitting in sixth place in the Championship standings.
Leeds are 11th, eight points shy of the Robins after dramatically falling away from the play-off spots in the past few months thanks to a torrid run of form under Thomas Christiansen that saw the Dane sacked and replaced by Heckingbottom.
The Whites have not won in any competition since Boxing Day and are still facing the prospect of having a number of key players sidelined with injury and suspension this weekend.
Lee Johnson’s side have not been in the best of form either, winning just one of their last 10 games in all competitions.
They have endured some heavy defeats in that period, falling 5-0 to Aston Villa, 3-0 to Watford and most recently waved goodbye to a three goal lead to draw 3-3 with Sunderland.
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