After an extremely difficult run recently, Leeds finally find themselves with an easier stretch of fixtures ahead of them. The first fixture is probably the hardest of them all, despite what the league table might say. Leeds go to London to face QPR on Saturday. It’s one of those places that I associate with bad Leeds performances. Although we did pick up a win there in a meaningless game at the end of 2010/11 season, you have to go back to 2005 since we’ve won there. In saying that, QPR are 18th in the table for a reason and if Leeds want to challenge for promotion, it’s the sort of game we need to be winning.
Out of Leeds’ next six games, ending on New Years day, the highest league position of the opposition is 13th in Nottingham Forest. We’ve had our poor run, do we have it in us to go on a good run now? The start of the season was similar, we didn’t face too many good teams but we took advantage of that and now we need to do it again. So those next six fixtures are as follows:
The home games in particular we should be looking at maximum points, Norwich and Hull have been extremely disappointing and we’ve already beaten Forest comfortably this season. A big factor in deciding these games will be what Christiansen decides to do with our strikers. Does Lasogga, who has scored 5 in 11, come back into the fold or does he stick with Ekuban/Roofe who seem to fit the team better with their movement and pace (in Ekuban’s case). I personally would go with Ekuban for QPR, but if he doesn’t score a goal soon how long does he get given?
The midfield is also an interesting situation, but with so many games around Christmas there will be time for players to get their rest. For QPR I would stick with Kalvin and Ronaldo but at some point would expect O’Kane or even Klich to come in to keep things fresh.
Let us know your predictions for these games and how many points you think Leeds will pick up! For me, I think Leeds will pick up 16 points, ambitious but that would put us in an excellent position heading into 2018.