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PREVIEW: LEEDS UNITED

1 November 2013

Yeovil Town are on the road again in the Sky Bet Championship as they travel to Leeds United hoping to continue their run of good form.

The Glovers had slipped to bottom of the table, but have since climbed back up to 22nd and only inside the drop zone by a single point, following a draw against Brighton and an impressive 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest.

This weekend’s fixture presents a different challenge as Gary Johnson’s men won’t have the Huish Park faithful to call upon as they face a Leeds side in 10th place – six points behind the playoffs.

This shouldn’t deter the Glovers making the trip from Somerset (or elsewhere) as Leeds’ form hasn’t exactly been perfect.

United lost last week against local rivals Huddersfield and have been fluctuating back and forth between wins and losses.

Last time out at Elland Road, they did overcome Birmingham 4-0; however that victory, paired with a 2-1 win over Bournemouth are the only points they’ve accumulated since half way through September.

The Whites have been busy in the transfer market with players both coming and going in West Yorkshire.

Lithuanian defender, Marius Zaliukas has penned a short term deal while Dexter Blackstock has agreed a temporary switch from Nottingham Forest.

However, left back Aidy White has exited on loan to Sheffield United.

For the Glovers, Shane Duffy’s loan from Everton has been extended and he’ll remain with the Glovers until at least the end of November.

The injury list at Yeovil seems to be getting shorter; another midweek friendly against Torquay kept everyone in check and match fit and even Marek Stech has been stepping up his recovery after nearly three months on the side lines.

Much like Forest last week, Leeds and Yeovil have crossed paths on a number of occasions, unfortunately for travelling fans, the record is firmly in Leeds’ favour, in the six meetings Leeds have five wins and there has been just the one draw.

That draw came in 2008, with Lloyd Owusu converting a rebound from his own saved penalty to equalise after Luciano Becchio had opened the scoring.

The last meeting was in 2010, veteran defender Richard Naylor had scored twice for Leeds but Dean Bowditch scored on the hour to reduce the deficit, it wasn’t enough as the 2-1 score line was the final one.

Ticket’s for Saturday’s fixture are available on the day and can be purchased at a rate of £28 for adults and £15 for the Under 16s with concessions available at £22.

If those prices don’t take your fancy or the idea of another 8 hour round trip doesn’t appeal, the usual channels on Glovers Player, BBC Somerset and the social media outlets will have the game covered.

A reminder that these games don’t get any easier for the Glovers who once they get through this weekend it is all eyes on Wigan Athletic’s visit on Sunday the 10th on November.

This is 24 hours later than usual due to Wigan’s involvement in the Europa League – speak to the ticket office for all the details you may need.

Famous Fans – who might you, bump into in line for a hotdog?

Pretty much all of the band the Kaiser Chiefs, Radio funny man Chris Moyles, Golfer Nick Faldo, most of the cast of Emmerdale, as well as the biggest of names in pop music… Gareth Gates and Scary Spice,

A foot in both camps, who have represented both sides?

Lee Pelteir, Alex McCarthy, Brian McDermott, Paul Huntington, Andros Townsend, Martin Woods,  Terry Connor, Ben Gordon, Michael Woods  and Canadian Josh Wagenaar was on trial with Leeds before being snapped up by Yeovil in 2008.

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