Match: Bristol City v Leeds United
Date: 9 March 2019
Time: 15.00 GMT, 10.00 EST, 12.00 ART
Venue: Ashton Gate
Streaming: LUTV & iFollow overseas
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All-time Record: Leeds V Bristol City: 22W 9D 8L
Reverse Fixture: 24 November Leeds 2-0 Bristol City
Leeds go into the match at Ashton Gate knowing that a win would guarantee them a place in the top two, as Sheffield United is still two points back of Leeds going into Saturday’s matches, but Norwich City’s 1-0 win over Swansea City means that Norwich are currently five points clear at the top with 10 matches to go.
As it is, Bristol City also need a win to stay in the top six, as they are currently in sixth place on goal difference, level on 54 points with seventh place Derby County. It’s getting to the business end of the season, and it’s going to be pretty interesting from here on out.
Injuries amongst Bristol City's goalkeepers ahead of Saturday's game against Leeds United, and they've signed a new one today:https://t.co/H2zfdT4RNf— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) March 7, 2019
Bristol City, however, will be in a little trouble in the goalkeeper department, as they’ve had to sign a free agent keeper this past week with both first-team goalkeepers out injured. New Zealand keeper Stefan Marinovic was signed, but he’s been without a club since November, where he was last on the books of MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps. In 29 MLS appearances, Marinovic allowed 50 (!) goals with only three clean sheets, so it’s not surprising he was available.
It will be the same line-up for Bristol City. On Jack Clarke: "He's well, he's fit. He will play next week in an Under-23s game. After this game, he will probably be able to be in the group." #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) March 7, 2019
Leeds, as usual, will start the same exact team, as Marcelo Bielsa is, as usual, a firm believer in the “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” philosophy of rotation. As for “energy levels” for the team, well, the win against West Bromwich Albion should probably have put that question to bed, at least for a few games, right?
Anyway, this should be a match that Leeds should win if the club is to achieve automatic promotion. Bristol City is a playoff team, but even at home with either a youth keeper or someone they literally signed off of his couch, Leeds, if they are serious about promotion, need to be winning this match, and they probably will.