IT’S been a while since Bradley Johnson’s late aim gave Leeds their first win over Sheffield United for 17 years.
The truth is, 33,622 folks turned up for the pair’s final Elland Street assembly – the largest Championship crowd of the 2010-11 season.
The final time the 2 sides got here head-to-head was in March 2011 when the Blades gained 2-Zero at Bramall Lane.
Friday night time’s “occasional” derby encounter ought to appeal to a fair larger crowd in what guarantees to be one other shut recreation between third and fourth within the desk.
After a swap in system paid dividends in opposition to Bristol Metropolis, Leeds will seemingly line up in a Four-Three-Three for the second recreation working.
Ronaldo Vieira returned to the facet at Ashton Gate, beginning his first Championship recreation of the season.
The 19-year-old midfielder was a massively influential determine within the Leeds midfield and was arguably the perfect participant on the pitch.
He gave Eunan O’Kane and Kalvin Phillips an opportunity to play extra freely alongside him.
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This was the primary time since Wolves away final October that every one three midfielders had began collectively.
Leeds have now misplaced their earlier three league fixtures – in opposition to Cardiff, Sheffield Wednesday and Studying.
Head coach Thomas Christiansen has been questioned for not utilizing the England Underneath-20 worldwide, with Vieira’s minutes within the Championship totalling lower than an hour.
He has been restricted to simply six appearances in all competitions this season, with Christiansen favouring Phillips and O’Kane within the central midfield space.
Nonetheless, on Saturday, Vieira gave the Whites an additional outlet and a bodily presence that enabled Leeds to regulate the sport in opposition to a facet that have been unbeaten at residence and solely conceded three targets all season at Aston Gate.
It has since transpired that Vieira has had a knee harm which is why he has been lacking out, not solely on Leeds responsibility, however for the England Underneath-20s as effectively.
It appears the teenager has been managing tendonitis for a number of months.
Gaetano Berardi was despatched off within the win over the Robins for a headbutt on Matty Taylor and can miss this conflict by suspension.
Vurnon Anita will seemingly change him at left-back.
Pontus Jansson will most likely begin from the bench once more after enjoying a full 90 minutes within the midweek Carabao Cup defeat to Leicester Metropolis.
After signing a brand new 5-year- deal the Sweden worldwide needs to be buoyed up once more after misfiring in his three earlier league outings.
Chris Wilder might make adjustments following the 2-1 win over Studying. Clayton Donaldson may return to the facet forward of Leon Clarke, who was profligate on Saturday.
Simon Moore, Richard Stearman and Ched Evans are all out, however George Baldock is absolutely match and made his return final weekend.
Christiansen’s tactical swap to a Four-Three- Three system labored wonders however Sheffield United will know what to anticipate at Elland Street – in what needs to be a a lot nearer recreation.
After an unimaginable begin, this can show one of many Blades’ hardest assessments but.
They’ve handed with flying colors to this point with 9 wins from 13 video games.
This after spending the final six seasons in League One.
With Leeds having two residence video games in a row they’ll hope to place their South Yorkshire neighbours of their place with three factors going into the sport in opposition to Derby on Tuesday.
If each groups proceed their spectacular type nonetheless this recreation may turn out to be greater than an “occasional” derby.