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In Focus: Leeds United

13 December 2017

Norwich City travel to Leeds United on Saturday, December 16 (3pm) looking to record back-to-back Sky Bet Championship victories.

Having come from behind to earn a 3-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, Daniel Farke's side are set to head to Elland Road with a renewed sense of confidence.

Here, we take a look at what the Canaries will come up against when they face Leeds.

Summer Signings
The West Yorkshire side had a large number of incomings during the summer, with one of the most notable being the permanent acquisition of loan star Pontus Jansson from Torino.

Samuel Saiz and Ezgjan Alioski also arrived in high-profile moves, with both players making strong starts to their Leeds United careers.

Other arrivals included strikers Jay-Roy Grot, Pawel Cibiki, Pierre-Michel Lassoga and Caleb Ekuban, in an effort to fill the considerable void left by Chris Wood's switch to Premier League side Burnley.

Goalkeeper Felix Weidwald joined from Werder Bremen, with back-up provided by Andy Lonergan in his second spell at the club after he left Wolves.

Despite the new additions, United have maintained a core from last season - with the likes of Liam Cooper and Luke Ayling still featuring regularly this term.

Form Guide
Leeds have taken seven points from their most recent three league games, showing signs of improvement following a challenging period.

Victories at Barnsley and Queens Park Rangers have sandwiched a home draw with Aston Villa, taking Thomas Christiansen's side up to 7th in the Sky Bet Championship standings.

Prior to those results United had struggled for form, losing four games out of five - although they did secure an impressive win over Middlesbrough during this time.

Of Leeds' ten league games played so far this season, they have picked up maximum points on four occasions and been beaten three times.

Previous Meeting
Norwich City's last meeting with Leeds United came in the penultimate game of last season, with the two sides sharing six goals at Elland Road.

The Canaries went in front on 28 minutes when Steven Naismith lashed home superbly from distance, before Nelson Oliveira tapped in from close-range to make it 2-0.

Oliveira curled in a third to seemingly give his side control, only for Chris Wood to pull a goal back for the hosts in first half injury-time.

Kyle Bartley bundled into the net early in the second period for Leeds' second, ahead of Pablo Hernandez's free-kick ensuring a share of the spoils.

A mistimed tackle from Naismith saw him shown red late on in a game which in many ways typified the inconsistencies which had blighted City's 2016-17 campaign.

Squad List
Goalkeepers: Andy Lonergan, Felix Wiedwald, Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Defenders: Luke Ayling, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Matthew Pennington, Liam Cooper (c), Vurnon Anita, Pontus Jansson, Gaetano Berardi, Conor Shaughnessy.

Midfielders: Ezgjan Alioski, Eunan O'Kane, Stuart Dallas, Pablo Hernandez, Samuel Saiz, Kalvin Phillips, Hadi Sacko, Ronaldo Vieira, Madger Gomes, Mateusz Klich.

Forwards: Kemar Roofe, Pierre-Michel Lassoga, Jay-Roy Grot, Pawel Cibicki, Caleb Ekuban.

Coral are offering odds of 9/4 on a Norwich City victory on Saturday. To make your bet, click HERE.

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