Leeds United V Bristol City – Preview Calum Archibald August 19, 2015 Leeds United Both sides head into this clash looking for their first win of the season, while Bristol remain the only side in the championship still pointless. They were however, winning 2-1 before a red card from Luke Freeman derailed their game and they slipped to a 4-2 loss to Brentford. Head to head makes interesting reading, with United winning 16 of the 28 meetings between the side, losing just 6. Leeds have won the last 6 games against Bristol City, notably a 3-1 win at home in 2011 when substitute Luciano Becchio bagged a 17 minute hat-trick. At Ashton Gate, the stats are also in Leeds’ favour, unbeaten in the last 5 visits, winning the previous 3, however the last meeting was back in January 2013 and the Leeds side that day featured goalscorer El-Hadji Diouf. Bristol City recently had a £9 million bid for Brentford striker Andre Gray accepted, while experienced target man Aaron Wilbraham could be set to start tonight, as Luke Freeman misses out through suspension. Leeds will still be without suspended Lewis Cook, and Luke Murphy is in contention for a start as Alex Mowatt could be rested. Liam Cooper will be hoping to keep his place alongside Sol Bamba after a clean sheet on Sunday, while Kalvin Phillips will also be hoping to push for a starting place once again. Former Leeds target Keiran Agard could be set to start for Bristol tonight, while Leeds centre forward Chris Wood spent a loan spell at Ashton Gate back in 2012. Bristol City have suffered from individual defensive errors that has seen them slip to 3 defeats, including one to Luton in the Capital One Cup, and will be hoping to eradicate them. Defensive errors are something that plagued Leeds United last season, conceding penalties and conceding soft goals, but so far Leeds have conceded 2 goals in 3 games, but have only scored 2, with Mirco Antennuci being heavily involved in both. Key men: Bristol City – Aaron Wilbraham. A tall striker who can hold the ball up, he is one of the few out and out striking options Bristol have, and will be looking to impress in the light of their big money move for Andre Gray. He has previous against Leeds, scoring for MK Dons back in 2008 in a 3-1 win that was Gary McAllister’s last in charge, famous of course for Mansour Assoumani’s single appearance for Leeds. Leeds United – Luke Murphy. A key player last season, and signed a new long term contract on reduced terms this summer. With Lewis Cook banned and Alex Mowatt set to be rested, a welcome return to the starting line-up could be key tonight for Leeds. His presence at both ends could be vital as Uwe Rosler looks for more creativity to add to the solid defensive displays so far this season. The game sees what has so far been a leaky defence come up against an attack that has been short on creativity, so something has to budge tonight. A win for either side would hugely boost their confidence and kick-start their season, while Bristol City haven’t registered a victory over the Whites since a 2-1 win in the second leg of the second round of the League Cup back in 1997/98, and even then they lost 4-3 on aggregate.