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Posted Mon 26 Nov 12

Match Preview: Leeds v City

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Leading scorer David Nugent is likely to remain sidelined for City’s trip to Leeds on Tuesday night, as his recovery from a neck injury continues.

Nugent missed Saturday’s 2-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday with a problem that boss Nigel Pearson said last week would keep him out of ‘the next couple of games’ meaning the trip to Elland Road is likely to come too soon for the nine-goal striker.

Jamie Vardy was picked to partner Martyn Waghorn in attack at Hillsborough, though Marko Futacs is also available should Pearson opt to change things up. Frenchman Anthony Knockaert will be pushing for a recall, but will be hard-pressed to displace Ben Marshall, whose goal on Saturday confirmed victory over Wednesday.

Full-back Paul Konchesky is back to full fitness following a hamstring strain, leaving Sean St. Ledger as City’s only injury absentee.

Unbeaten in four, with only two defeats in 13, the Foxes are now third in the table, three points off the automatic promotion places and four behind leaders Cardiff.
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Without a win in four and beaten three times in a row prior to the weekend, Neil Warnock’s Leeds summed up the unpredictability of the npower Championship on Saturday with a 2-1 win over in-form high-fliers Crystal Palace.

It lifted the pressure on the Elland Road outfit after a run of just one win in eight and they now sit 16th, just six points off the play-off places.

Warnock handed debuts to loanees Alan Tate and Jerome Thomas at the weekend and is likely to keep faith with the majority of a winning side, although striker Ross McCormack could be pushing for a start after stepping up his comeback from an ankle problem with a late appearance against Palace.

Defender Jason Pearce and striker Luke Varney are both serving suspensions and will be unavailable for the game, with midfielder Rudy Austin also likely to sit out with an ankle problem.
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Head to Head Record (all comps)
Leeds: 46
Draws: 32
City: 40

Last Three Meetings

Leeds 1 City 2
Sat 28 Apr, 2012
npower Championship
Goals: Webber 82; Waghorn 39, Panayiotou 90
Attendance: 25,664

City 0 Leeds 1
Sun 6 Nov, 2011
npower Championship
Scorers: Clayton 69
Attendance: 27,720

City 2 Leeds 2
Sun 26 Dec, 2010
npower Championship
Goals: Gallagher 72 pen, King 76; Gradel 19, Snodgrass 55
Attendance: 30,919
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City manager Nigel Pearson: “Leeds have had a bit of a mixed bag, but I know what they’re capable of.

“I know Neil very well, I know he’ll be looking forward to the game and he’ll want to turn us over.

“We’ll certainly go into the game with confidence among ourselves, but every time you play in this division you know they are going to be very tough games.”
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Leeds boss Neil Warnock following his side’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace: "We started the game very well and had to hang in there at times but our two new lads made the difference. Alan Tate is a good pro.

"He had a calming influence on us at the back and Jerome Thomas is as good as anyone in the Premier League, let alone the Championship.

"We needed the lift in confidence those two have given us."
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Argentine forward Luciano Becchio has been something of a standard bearer for Leeds since his arrival from Merida in the summer of 2008 and the goal-scoring burden remains very much on his shoulders.

It is a responsibility the 28-year-old striker has revelled in, hitting 70 goals at a rate of a little over one every two-and-a-half games, including 11 so far this season and the opener in Saturday’s win over Palace.

Strong enough to hold the ball up with his back to goal, his link play with fellow forwards is outstanding, his movement is intelligent and he remains a very accomplished finisher in front of goal.
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LCFC.com will bring City fans every moment of Tuesday’s game direct to their desktops:
- Listen to live, full-match commentary on Foxes Player.
- Follow our live text commentary through Cover It Live.
- Match report and live images available on the final whistle.
- Post-match video reaction on Foxes Player.
- Match highlights from 12 noon on Wednesday.
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