Life After Gradel – Crystal Palace Preview TSS September 10, 2011 Leeds United 5 Comments Leeds United return to Championship football today following the international break and will be out to prove they’re still a serious threat after Max Gradel was sold to St Etienne. New arrival Mikael Forssell is likely to start from the bench with Ramon Nunez filling Max’s position on the wing. Luciano Becchio may make his return after completing 60 minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly against Hull City earlier this week. Our opponents today, Crystal Palace have started the season surprisingly well and currently sit sixth in the Championship having lost only one of their games so far. Their last fixture saw them hold Blackpool to a 1-1 draw. Football betting odds make Leeds United odds on favourites for this one with Palace 10/3 for a surprise win. Meanwhile a draw would pay 13/5. The Five Year Plan Fanzine lists Glenn Murray as the player we should be keeping an eye on in Palace’s starting XI and predict a 2-1 win for the visitors. Despite the departure of Max Gradel, Leeds’ main threat is still likely to come from the wings where Robert Snodgrass and Ramon Nunez will be keeping the oppositions full-back’s busy. Adam Clayton has made a sensational start to the season too and will be desperate to continue his good run of form in the centre of the park. Up front, Ross McCormack and Andy Keogh will no doubt continue the partnership that has proved to be a big threat so far and they’ll be keen to make a mark with Forssell and Becchio lurking in the background. If Leeds can keep the discipline that has cost us so dearly thus far in check, I’m predicting a show of defiance from The Whites and a relatively comfortable victory. Whilst the defence is still problematic, I suspect Palace will struggle to cope with our attacking options.