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Leeds United FA Cup tie with Newport County to be televised

Leeds match with the Exiles to be shown on BBC Wales

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Leeds United has a habit of appearing on TV, don’t they?

The Leeds match against Newport County will be shown live on BBC Wales and will take place at noon on 7 January, 2018. This is the second time that Leeds have drawn Newport County away in a cup match this season, with the two sides playing in the League Cup back in August. However, this will be the first time that the match will be played at Rodney Parade in Newport, South Wales, as the pitch was in the process of being relayed at the time of the League Cup match.

Leeds won easily over their League Two opponents at home last time, and while the “replay” might not be as easy, Leeds should feel pretty confident going into this match-up. Kemar Roofe was the hat trick hero last time out, getting the start at the striker position for Leeds. Former Liverpool youth player Madger Gomes also played well in the match. It was also the only time this season that Vurnon Anita and Mateusz Klich were paired in midfield together, as Klich has been relegated to the bench and Anita has largely been used as a fullback to fill-in for the injured (or suspended) Gaetano Berardi.

Hopefully Christiansen will take this match a little more seriously than former manager Garry Monk took the match against Sutton United last season, as the team was bounced by the non-league side from London. Of course, because of “piegate” and the attention that Wayne Shaw, Sutton United’s goalkeeper coach and backup keeper, got in the match against Arsenal, most neutrals will have forgotten how Sutton United got to the match in the first place.

Anyway, Leeds appearing on TV. What a shocker. I guess BBC agrees with Sky that Leeds games are good for TV.