Another 3pm start on a Saturday, another chance for Leeds to climb the table in September. The loss against Huddersfield forgotten after three wins in a row, Monk and company look to win their fourth, a streak not seen since the League One days of 2009-10.
For today’s match, our Jack Dudley wrote a full preview, he’s going to the match with his old man, AND he’s on recap duty, so he’s now “Ipswich Jack.” Still cheering for Leeds, but that’s super blogger commitment.
All set for the 7 hour round trip to see the mighty whites with the old man! Come on Leeds!!! Buzzing #mot #lufc pic.twitter.com/NTZYK030lv— Jack Dudley (@jackdudders) September 24, 2016
News also broke online this morning that Sol Bamba, our once and former captain, has been training with Derby County and is likely to join the “Just Eat Rams” sometime this week. And his replacement, the newly beloved Pontus Jansson, has an interview in today’s matchday program. Polar opposites on the back line, those two.
Good stuff with Jansson in today's programme. "My head is a little bit crazy." #lufc pic.twitter.com/1Z5SN98wzs— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) September 24, 2016
We’ll have all the information we can find here in the gamethread, and feel free to join us in the comments below. Here’s hoping Wood, Hernandez, Antonsson, and Sacko all find the back of the net, Jansson, Bartley, and Green keep the ball out of ours, and we win big at home. Sounds good right? MOT.
Leeds United vs. Ipswich Town
Elland Road, Leeds
LUTV, BBC Radio Leeds
Saturday, September 23, 2016
7:00am PT / 10:00am ET / 3:00pm BT
Leeds United's Starting XI
Green, Ayling, Jansson, Bartley (c), Taylor, Phillips, O’Kane, Hernandez, Dallas, Sacko, Wood
Subs: Silvestri, Coyle, Cooper, Grimes, Mowatt, Roofe, Antonsson
Ipswich Town's Starting XI
Bialkowski, Chambers (c), Webster, Berra, Knusden, Skuse, Douglas, Ward, Lawrence, Sears, Pitman
Subs: Gerken, Emmanuel, Kenlock, Bru, Grant, Dozzell, Best
Johnny Wakefield: 2-0 Leeds. Ipswich is a mid-table team like us, but they haven’t been impressive of late, scoring just twice in September, with one win over lowly Derby. I see us building on our strong defensive performances of late and putting in two ourselves, continuing the winning streak. Goals for Sacko and Antonsson. Let’s go.
Ben Mallis: 1-0 Leeds. Now for the hard part: winning games at Elland Road. Despite last week’s victories over Blackburn, Elland Road has been a house of horrors in the league for United over the past 12 months. Amazingly enough, it has been 11 league matches since we kept a clean sheet at home! I’m calling my shot and predicting this will change for the better today. Ipswich will be game, but Monk’s men will make it four on the trot.
Jack Dudley: 2-1 Leeds. This will be a tougher game than what Leeds have had recently, although I think the recent boost in confidence will be enough to see the Whites to that fourth straight win.
James Mahoney: 1-0 Leeds. Both teams haven't been prolific in front of goal this season. So, I expect it to be tight game with few chances for either side. However, I think with the home crowd behind them, Leeds will just edge it.
And here’s how you’re feeling...
POLL: Ipswich Town comes to Elland Road tomorrow, how are you feeling about #LUFC going for four in a row? #MOT— Through It All #LUFC (@ThruItAllLUFC) September 23, 2016
Yeah, mostly confident here too. Let’s get it done. #MOT