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Cardiff v Leeds preview

Saturday, September 13

Kick-off: 3pm

Leeds United travel to Cardiff City and will expect their hosts to offer tough opposition.

The Yorkshire and Welsh clubs are tied on seven points apiece after four league games, and both will look to jump ahead into the play-off spots this weekend.

Leeds' new signing Michael Tonge could be set to make his debut, whilst Neil Warnock will be hoping striker Luciano Becchio will continue his fine form this season.

In all competitions, the Argentine striker has bagged five goals in five games, only failing to score once in his previous four Championship outings.

Cardiff will be hoping to welcome back the inspirational Craig Bellamy, after injury saw him miss two Championship matches and both recent Wales internationals.

Some reports this week have also suggested that Bellamy has been struggling to cope with the passing of his friend and former team-mate Gary Speed.

'Not in a bad state of mind'

Cardiff boss Malky Mackay, however, has said: "Craig has trained with me every day and is not in a bad state of mind at all.

"He has had a nasty calf tear which has kept him out and stopped him training until Monday of this week. The last two days he's looked immense out there and he's trained really well, and he's in my squad for tomorrow."

The 33-year-old will be keen to get some game time and help fire his hometown club towards the Premier League for the first time in their history.

Cardiff's Nicky Maynard is another threat up front and will look to mark his 200th career appearance with a goal.

The Bluebirds' Asian owners changed the first-choice kit to red shirts this year, hoping the colour would bring them luck.

They will certainly be keeping all fingers crossed that Cardiff continue an impressive unbeaten run over their promotion rivals, which currently stretches to 13 games.

Leeds may not have not defeated Cardiff since 1984, but this fixture has produced many intense encounters over the years and an electric atmosphere is guaranteed at Cardiff City Stadium.

by Chris Cahill


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