With all the uproar surrounding the impending collapse of Massimo Cellino’s take-over of Leeds, the match against Millwall on Saturday offers a welcome return to on-pitch matters. If Cellino’s take-over does collapse, on the grounds of fit and proper person test, Leeds could potentially be plunged into administration.
The resulting 10-point penalty would see them sitting two points above the final relegation spot, currently occupied by Saturday’s visitors Millwall, so this match could hold extra importance in the final weeks of the season.
Despite the positions in the tables, it is Millwall who come into this game in (slightly) better form, with 1 win from their last 5 matches. That run saw them concede a paltry 3 goals, losing three games by a 1-0 scoreline. In contrast, the Leeds defence have been having a shocking time of late, conceding 5 goals at home to Bolton, and 4 goals to Reading the following week, which sees them coming into this game on the back of three straight losses.
There will be a bruising battle between two of the leagues tallest strikers, when 6ft 6in Matt Smith of Leeds faces off against new Millwall signing Stefan Maierhofer, who dwarfs Smith, standing at just under 6ft 8in.
Smith has scored 10 goals in his debut season at Elland Road, having signed from Oldham in the summer, whilst Maierhofer has been brought to Millwall on a short-term deal, in order to provide cover for injured strikers DJ Campbell, Jermaine Easter and Steve Morrison.
Millwall will also have to deal without defender Danny Shittu, after he was ruled out for the rest of the season with an achilles injury.
It is going to be a hard-fought battle at Elland Road, with neither team in good form, and Millwall currently scrapping for Championship safety. Leeds will want a strong performance, to take the focus away from off-field matters, but you can be sure that isn’t the last we have heard about Cellino’s failed take-over bid, and Leeds supporters have every right to be concerned about their clubs future.
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Subs: Cairns, Wootton, Warnock, Tonge, Stewart, Poleon, Hunt.
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