An unbeaten start, albeit with 5 draws and 1 win, sees Leeds United sitting in 11th place ahead of the visit of Ipswich Town. Mick McCarthy’s men come into the clash wounded, after a 5-1 defeat at Reading last time out, and Uwe Rosler’s men will be looking to seize the opportunity and inflict more misery on the Tractor Boys.

Leeds won the last meeting between the two sides, a 2-1 victory back in March, which is also the Whites last victory at Elland Road, thanks to a free kick from Alex Mowatt and a Billy Sharp strike. Marco Silvestri atoned for an error for Ipswich’s goal to save a late penalty and save the 3 points for United. Leeds have a good record at Elland Road against Ipswich, unbeaten in the last 6, winning 3, but suffered a 4-1 defeat at Portman Road last season.

Leeds have a clean bill of health barring Tomasso Bianchi, although there is a doubt over the fitness of Alex Mowatt after he was substituted at half time against Brentford. Jordan Botaka will be hoping to make the matchday squad for the first time, although that could be unlikely after featuring for the U21’s yesterday. Ipswich have a full compliment, but will likely ring the changes after a resounding defeat, and Kevin Bru, Tommy Bishop and Tommy Oar all featured for the U21’s on Monday, so will be unlikely to play a part.

David McGoldrick will be a danger to the Leeds defence, hitting 5 goals in his last 4 games against them, while last season’s top scorer Darryl Murphy will also be a key player for Town.

Ipswich last won at Elland Road back in September 2005, with Sam Parkin bagging a brace that day. Richard Cresswell also missed a penalty, while the managers that day were Kevin Blackwell and Joe Royle, as future Leeds captain Richard Naylor started for Ipswich.

Leeds key player will once again be Mirco Antenucci, the Italian striker equalised against Brentford to take his tally to 3 for the season, and has been the key to unlocking the door so far for Rosler’s men. Whether or not he starts, he will likely have a key role to play during the match, offering vital support for Chris Wood.

Ipswich will be looking to Darryl Murphy to hold the ball up again after a tough away defeat last time out, while the pace of Freddie Sears could be vital for a team who boast the division’s lowest pass completion rate at just 60.8%.

This is an opportunity for Leeds to capitalise on an Ipswich side low on confidence after a thrashing, and to maintain their unbeaten start, looking for their second win of the season. Ipswich had started well, and still have 10 points from their opening 6 games, so will be looking to get back on track with a good result.

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  • Scally Lad

    Once again, a low-energy and another scoreless and frustrating performance at ER, but let’s consider that it’s still early days, we’ve only lost one of seven matches this season, are solidly mid-table and are only four points out of the top six. There’s much to be cheered about. I still don’t think we’ve got much of a chance at the playoffs, and automatic promotion is out of the question, but if someone had told me months ago that we’d only win one match after seven contests this season and still be mid-table, I’d have been very skeptical.

    • Joe Back

      @Scally Lad – aand also only 3 points off the relegation places!

  • PMH

    On field performance is the least of Leeds issues right now. There is no future without a sensible and well funded ownership. There is no future for this website, either, if it doesn’t keep up with the news.