Behind Enemy Lines: Leeds United

MILLWALL travel to Leeds this weekend with an unwanted statistic – being the only Championship team yet to win an away match this season.

There would be no better place to get that first victory than Elland Road.

Lions boss Neil Harris knows if they had taken more of their chances, and not had so many poor refereeing decisions, particularly away from The Den, his side would be near the play-off positions in their return season to the second tier.

Leeds started the season very well and were top until their visit to south London in September. But Millwall dominated Thomas Christiansen’s side for 90 minutes and won 1-0 through Aiden O’Brien’s goal.

Following that, Leeds lost three of their next four league games, leaving their fans thinking a return to the Premier League wasn’t going to be straightforward.

Lucas Ball spoke to Leeds fan and RealSport's social media manager Sam Klein ahead of the match.

Why do you support Leeds?

My dad is from Leeds so, like many a fan, I grew up watching them and fell in love with the club. Ever since then I've been a fan, although I can't get to quite as many games now, living further south.

What’s been your best season following your club?

The 2001-02 season where we finished fifth in the Premier League, qualifying for the UEFA Cup the following season. It’s by far and away my favourite season, particularly given the recent troubles with owners and finances.

Where do you think Thomas Christiansen's side will finish this season?

Ninth. We don't have enough strength in depth in the key positions and we failed to replace Chris Wood (who joined Burnley in August for £15million) sufficiently.

That money wasn't really reinvested, so it would've been nice to see a big signing this month.

What additions have been made so far this month?

We’ve signed a left-back, Laurens De Bock, from Belgium side Club Brugge. Midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi, a Japanese international, also came in from Gamba Osaka. He has been loaned out to Cultural Leonesa in Spain’s second division.

Who will be the danger men for the home side on Saturday?

Given Samuel Saiz stupidly got himself suspended for six games for spitting at a Newport player (in Leeds’ 2-1 FA Cup third-round defeat), the main man we will rely on is Pablo Hernandez.

We've picked up a few red cards lately, and that needs to stop.

Likewise, which Millwall players will Leeds be wary of?

Former Leeds man Steve Morison, in my opinion, will be the only one causing us huge issues.

But that could rely on the service from the likes of Jed Wallace, who was impressive in the reverse fixture.

What’s your predicted Leeds starting XI and formation?

4-2-3-1

Wiedwald

Berardi Cooper Jansson De Bock

Klich, Phillips

Cibicki Hernandez Alioski

Lasogga

Finally, a score prediction?

Leeds 2-1 Millwall

Graphic: @ShedCreative 

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