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Stuart Dalgleish 24th Oct 2010 - 19:15

Which Leeds team will turn up?

It must have infuriated Simon Grayson and the Leeds fans, but United are looking like a real Jekyll and Hyde team this season.

The Whites have had some terrific performances, such as their recent win over Middlesbrough, but then have looked very much like a Championship team with League 1 players in it at times, particularly their capitulation against Preston when they lost after leading 4-1.

The worry has to be for Grayson that they've lost against teams that they were expected to beat, at Elland Road on Monday night this is not the case, so what will a team with the quality that Cardiff (11/8) possess be able to do to Leeds (2/1, the draw is 11/5) if Preston can score six against them!

City will certainly get plenty of chances, but surely Leeds can't be as bad defensively again?

Sadly for the Whites fans, I think they probably will be.

Their problem all season has been the lack of a midfield enforcer to protect the defence; Amdy Faye (25/1 first goal) has come in and done a good job in the last couple of games but his fitness is a worry and he has only completed 90 minutes once.

Should the Senegalese international prove his fitness then Leeds will have a good chance of staying competitive in the middle of the park, Jonny Howson (14/1), however pretty his passing is, just isn't going to put in a crunching tackle to take man and ball so if it's up to him to try boss midfield then the Bluebirds could have a field day.

That is the big concern for Leeds, they often struggle with players with pace who run at the back-four, so the likes of Craig Bellamy (11/2) and Jason Koumas (10/1) will be particularly looking forward to this clash, indeed Koumas scored in both of Cardiff's wins over United a few seasons ago and has regularly caused problems when facing the Yorkshire team over the years.

The on-loan Wigan man hasn't featured too prominently this season, but Dave Jones must surely be aware of his previous displays against Leeds.

You can't blame Jones for not playing Koumas too often as his team have been flying recently, they are unbeaten in five and banging in the goals too.

It all makes this game set to be a classic, Cardiff score for fun but have let a few in of late, while Leeds have scored at a healthy rate all season and are dodgy at the back.

Before the campaign started, people away from Elland Road would've expected United to struggle in front of goal after their star striker Jermaine Beckford departed for the Premier League; that hasn't been the case.

Luciano Becchio (11/2) has six goals to his name so far, including three in his last four, while Davide Somma (11/2) has been a revelation since returning from his loan at League 2 Lincoln last season, the South African star has notched seven goals in just seven starts so far, these two are a tempting 11/2 to both find the back of the net in our anytime goalscorers doubled market.

I'd also look at over 3.5 goals (priced at 12/5) and options such as 2-2 (14/1) and 3-1 either side (Leeds 22/1, Cardiff 18/1).

The Welsh side have won four straight matches over Leeds so their price of 11/8 will surely appeal, but then how often are you going to see 2/1 on the Whites winning at Elland Road?

It really should be a great game, with both teams having something to prove, Cardiff are wanting to get level with QPR at the top of the table, while United can move to just outside  the play-off places with a win and will want to repay the fans who've watched them lose their last two on home turf.



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