Will Norwich lead at Leeds? The Little Yellow Birds offer their predictions once again...
Since new owner Andrea Radrizzani took over in the summer, things have looked uncharacteristically calm at Elland Road, having previously had a vice like grip on the ‘club in crisis’ title. A shocking new development has seen them reach December with the same manager that they started the season with. They sit just outside the play-offs in seventh, and the Leeds fans appear happy, which is frankly a bit astonishing in itself.
The first seven games of the season saw Leeds unbeaten; Thomas Christiansen masterminded five wins, and gave fans belief that the Whites were becoming less sleeping, more ‘wide awake’ giants. Clearly concerned that they were getting a bit too carried away with the Pro Plus impression, Christiansen’s team reverted to being bang average for a few months with just three wins from the next 12 games. But a couple of good away wins, including a 3-1 win at QPR last Saturday has seen the optimism return, some fans hailing it as the start of a revolution, with the team ‘about to click and get 20+ points out of 24’. Nothing like a bit of wild positivity.
Leeds top scorer Kemar Roofe scored a hat-trick last weekend, and will be a tough test for Timm and Mount Hanley, but hopefully Daniel Farke has tasked Alex Pritchard and GoldenBalls #2 with pelting Leeds’ dodgy keeper, Felix Wiedwald, with their finest efforts. Despite keeping seven clean sheets the German keeper has a very definite wobble in him, beautifully demonstrated last weekend when he completely misjudged a bouncing ball after a long punt up field in injury time, and it sailed over his head and into the net. It’s a Weirdwald, goalkeeping. With Pritchard particularly skilled at making them look stupid it could be a match made in heaven, if not least Leeds.
Replica kits were available to fans from the 1950s, but were aimed mostly at kids and many clubs shared the same generic shirt. Having stolen Real Madrid’s kit in the 60s, Don Revie’s Leeds United were the first team to copyright their shirt with manufacturers Admiral and sell it to fans of all ages. So you can all blame them for being £50 quid out of pocket every year.
CT: Norwich sail into Elland Road on the back of their own 3-1 win, and having scored [THREE] goals for the first time all season they are quite clearly also on the verge of clicking, and surging up the league after collecting 24 out of 24. Nothing like a bit of wild positivity. It is Christmas after all, a time for miracles.
Clare Calculates: a 2-1 win. I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes. Christmas is all around us, and so the feeling grows.
ZW: Well, I for one feel full of renewed positivity after our televised Lazarus-style comeback at Carrow Road last weekend. This is the big game of the season for me, my ‘local’ derby, as Elland Road is the closest Championship ground to my house. For this reason, my desperation for a thumping victory knows no bounds. The game at Leeds last season was a cracker, and I hope for more of the same.
Zoë Assumes: Leeds United 2-3 Norwich City. Come on you Yellows!
RJ: Leeds. Not many people have a good word to say about them. Particularly about their fans, who have a reputation for being a little, how does one put it? Robust, unreconstructed, unpleasant? I differ in that though for one reason and that is this. No, not the sheer beauty and thunderbastardness of the goal that was scored against them, no. Watch/listen again. They almost to a man/woman applaud that goal, the third in a four-goal trouncing. A ripple of applause goes around Elland Road, of all places. The sheer quality of that goal transcends tribal loyalty and cuts straight into their very cores. Thereby proving, that whilst they may support Leeds, they are fans and human beings just like you and I.
Rich reckons: No repeat of the above, sadly. Dirty Leeds 2 – Clean Norwich 0.
SW: Leeds think they are well 'ard, but we have PritchARD, so we're 'arder. We are, however, bereft of any former Leeds players with which to annoy the hosts. It always was a lot of fun to watch Howson bang one in and Johnson join in the celebrations. Remember when we ruined Luciano Becchio's career just for bantz? Good times.
Seb Foresees: A well-fought 2-2 that helps builds a period of festive form.