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Morning Leeds-in for 1 December: Today’s match against Aston Villa a promotion litmus test for Leeds

Plus more links for the day

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Thomas Christiansen said that Leeds will have to have a good match to beat Aston Villa today.

Leeds haven’t won back-to-back matches since September, and in his press conference, TC said that the club will have to be at its best and play at the same level as they did against Middlesbrough if Leeds are to have to chance to win. Leeds looked great during a seven game unbeaten streak at the beginning of the season, but have looked bad during other stretches of the season. If Leeds are to be promotion candidates and not pretenders, winning against Villa would be a good start to establish the club as a legitimate playoff team.

On to the links.

Leeds United Links

We did a Q&A with SB Nation’s Aston Villa blog 7500 to Holte. [Through It All Together]

Here is what I had to say to their questions. [7500 To Holte]

Three Leeds players have dodged a yellow-card bullet after not getting their fifth yellow card in the first 19 matches, which would have given them a five match ban. [Yorkshire Evening Post]

England and English football Links

Non-League Heybridge Swifts have 12 games in hand on at least one other team in their league because of their Cup runs this year, but will their success in the cup ruin the club’s season? []

Chelsea’s manager Antonio Conte charged by FA after being sent off. []

Southampton’s Nathan Redmond defended Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola after the S*n spoke ill of the confrontation the two of them on Wednesday. [The Guardian]

World Football Links

A guide to all of 32 of the teams in the World Cup, as the draw is later today. [The Guardian]

The MLS has approximately 76 drafts for no good reason. Here is what two of them mean for the Philadelphia Union. [The Brotherly Game]

D.C. United have to play some of their games in a different stadium because their new stadium won’t be ready in time for the 2018 MLS season. Here are some of the possibilities. [Black and Red United]