25-year-old to blow Canaries away: Three things to expect from Leeds in clash with Norwich
COMMENT by Russell Edge
After Leeds’ disappointing 2-1 defeat away at Burton last weekend, both the club and fans will be hoping to see a more impressive performance when they welcome Norwich to Elland Road on Saturday.
The Whites come into this match with hopes of snatching a play off spot, but know that their fate is out of their own hands, as they hope for Fulham to slip up in their final two matches.
However, they still need to produce results in their own fixtures, and face a tough task against Norwich, relegated from the Premier League last season and sitting just a point below Garry Monks’ side.
Leeds come into this fixture on a relatively dreadful run of form, having secured just one win in their last previous six fixtures, including a defeat in their last home game against Wolves.
Norwich meanwhile visit Elland Road full of confidence, having beaten league leaders Brighton 2-0 in their last match, Alex Pritchard the catalyst in forcing David Stockdale to score two own goals.
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With this end of season fixture possessing the potential to make or break Leeds’ season, here are three things to expect on Saturday:
A Leeds clean sheet
If there is one thing that Garry Monk’s side do well at Elland Road, it’s defending.
Leeds have kept a clean sheet in 10 of their last 13 fixtures in front of their own fans, including a six game run of not conceding at home.
When Norwich do score, they tend to score a lot; just ask Reading and Nottingham Forest, who were on the receiving end of 7-1 and 5-1 defeats respectively.
However, the Canaries have really struggled on the road this season, picking up just five victories away from home in the league this season.
As such, it can be expected that Leeds, with a play off spot at stake, will do everything they can to prevent Norwich from grabbing a goal
A late, late winner
Leeds have had a real tendency to leave their goal scoring until late on this season.
A third of their goals have come in the final fifteen minutes this season – more than they have scored in the entirety of the first halves of their matches.
On average, the Whites score their first goal in the 49th minutes, so whatever Garry Monk is telling them at half time is obviously working.
Fans at Elland Road are unlikely to want to leave early on Saturday.
Wood at the double
New Zealand striker Chris Wood has been on fire this season, topping the Championship’s goal scoring charts and is looking unlikely to be caught in the race for the golden boot.
However, the Leeds man, 25, has not been firing on all cylinders recently, scoring just once in his last six games.
However, with this being the penultimate weekend of the league season, Wood will want to prove himself not just to his club but to prospective suitors as well.
Expect him to return to his red hot form and hit a double to clip the Canaries’ wings.
- Football Insider prediction: Leeds 2 – 0 Norwich
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