Pontus Jansson, Chris Wood, and Leeds United head to Bristol City’s Ashton Gate Stadium tonight to take on the Robins, a club two spots ahead of them in the Championship table.
Four wins in a row has made this a September to remember, and with a match on Saturday against 7th place Barnsley before another international break, pushing the winning streak to six games might actually put Leeds in the top six.
But that’s getting ahead of ourselves; we have to win five first.
As Matt Robinson detailed in his match preview, Bristol has on-form youngster on loan from Chelsea, and he’s killing it for the Robins. The London-born Abraham has 10 goals on the young season for Bristol City in only 12 appearances, and Jansson and Bartley will face a real challenge keeping him under wraps tonight.
We have our own on-form striker in the person of Chris Wood, whose response to August calls for his head has been unreal: four goals in four games and seven on the season, Wood has earned back a ton of support he had lost by the end of last month. While many still think we need another striker in the January window, Wood is playing as a striker must, and if he can stay at the top of his game, Leeds becomes a real Championship threat.
So who wins today? We’ve got predictions and all the rest of the info you need in this gamethread. We’ll update when lineups come in, and we’ll be hanging out in the comments if anyone wants to talk/vent/rage/celebrate with us. Let’s win our fifth... I want to be in the top 6 on October 2nd.
Leeds United at Bristol City
Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol
LUTV, BBC Radio Leeds
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
11:45am PT / 2:45pm ET / 7:45pm BT
Leeds United's Starting XI
Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Taylor, Phillips, O'Kane, Hernandez, Dallas, Sacko, Wood
Subs: Silvestri, Coyle, Cooper, Grimes, Mowatt, Roofe, Antonsson
Bristol City's Starting XI
Fielding, Little, Flint, Magnusson, Bryan, Freeman, Reid, Pack, Paterson, Tomlin, Abraham
Subs: O'Donnell, Golbourne, Moore, O'Neil, Brownhill, O'Dowda, Wilbraham
Johnny Wakefield: 2-1... Bristol. I’m too even-keeled for this fanbase. We’re good, finally, and I want to predict a win, but we’re on the road against a team that just stomped Fulham 4-1 on Saturday and facing the best striker we’ve faced this month. We’ve also won four in a row, and winning five is just too much for my Leeds heart to hope for to finish off September. Per usual, Leeds Twitter will explode, complain, and expect Monk to be fired or something stupid after the match.
Matt Robinson: 2-1 Leeds. This should be a really good game and I predict a good few goals. I can’t see any defence keeping Abraham quiet this season, but Bartley and Jansson will do a good job. Wood and Sacko with the goals. Let’s make it 5!
Ben Mallis: 2-2 Draw. So we are going for five wins in a row! Is this real life? The trip down to Bristol looks much more winnable than it did 10 days ago, but I’m still tipping a draw for Tuesday night.
Sean Ryan: 2-1 Leeds. To go for five in a row to end off September after the sh**show that was August seems like a dream. Chris Wood has been on fire in the last 4 weeks and should keep that up. Aside from Abraham, City pose no problem. Comfortable win.
Joshua Gilbert: 3-1 Leeds. I think with this being a game that could see us winning 5 straight, I think it'll give the team a fight and a desire to come out on top in this game. Wood will score two goals and Dallas will add the other.
James Mahoney: 1-0 Leeds. We will allow Bristol time on the ball. However, we will be patient and disciplined. Janssen and Bartley will nullify the attacking of threat Tammy Abraham and we will score on the counter through Sakho late on. MOT
And here’s how your feeling in the lead up to tonight’s match...
Let’s hope I’m wrong and everyone else is right. I’ve only been a Leeds fan for a decade... I can’t imagine the joy of five wins in a row. Haha. Good luck tonight everyone, let’s hope the Robins lay an egg tonight. Yes, that’s a dad joke. MOT.