Match Preview: Leeds United v Birmingham City

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Garry Monk will get his first taste of an Elland Road crowd tomorrow when the Whites take on Birmingham City for the Club’s first home game of the new season. 

New signing Luke Ayling will go straight into the squad after completing a £750,000 move from fellow Championship side Bristol City. The versatile defender signed a three-year deal on Thursday evening and could replace Lewie Coyle at right-back for tomorrow’s 3pm clash.

Both Pablo Hernandez and Marcus Antonsson are in strong contention to start against Birmingham after showing signs of real quality in the penalty shoot-out victory over Fleetwood Town on Wednesday. Hernandez displayed signs of class with his forward-thinking and skillful play.

Swedish striker, Antonsson, scored the equaliser to take game into extra-time with a fantastic turn-and-finish and then won the penalty that put United ahead in the game.

On the injury front, Gaetano Berardi is expected to be out after picking up another injury during the opening weekend defeat against QPR.

Birmingham will be missing just two players from their first-team squad, with midfielder Reece Brown only just returning to training and striker Nicolai Brock-Madsen is currently in Rio for the Olympics with the Denmark squad.

New signings Che Adams and Greg Stewart will be looking to make their debuts after joining from Sheffield United and Dundee United respectively.

MATCH FACTS

Leeds have lost only one of their last six league meetings against Birmingham.

That defeat came lLeedsVBirmingham5ast season at Elland Road when Demarai Gray and Jaques Maghoma scored in a 2-0 victory for the Midlands side.

The Blues have been a tough not to crack on their visits to Elland Road. Leeds have managed just one victory in the last six meetings in West Yorkshire, with that win coming back in October 2013. Birmingham have won three and drawn two of the other five fixtures.

Both teams failed to win last weekend, and Birmingham head into this one winless in their last seven games (drawn five, lost two). They may take comfort in the fact that Leeds were the only team in the Football League who failed to register a shot on target on the opening game of the 2016-17 campaign.

Infographs sourced from www.kickoff.co.uk – go check them out!

 

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