Leeds United have the chance to return to the top of the Championship for a couple of days, when they head to London to take on QPR in the early kick off on Saturday, but there is mixed team news for them ahead of the clash.
The Whites head into the weekend a point behind West Bromwich Albion at the summit of the table, and with the Baggies not playing until Monday night, Marcelo Bielsa’s men have the ideal chance to overtake them and put some pressure on Slaven Bilic’s side.
As well as the incentive of going top, the Leeds players will go to the capital knowing that an indifferent spell of form over Christmas has seen the chasing pack close to within six points of them, so defeat at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium is not an option worth thinking about.
The Whites were comfortable winners against Mark Warburton’s side when the two teams met at Elland Road back in November, and a repeat of that would be just the ticket for the Yorkshire outfit on Saturday.
If they are to get that though, Leeds will have to do it without left-back Barry Douglas, who is out injured with a rib problem. Bielsa confirmed that news and provided an update on three other members of his squad, when he addressed the media ahead of the match.
“Barry Douglas has an injury in the rib area and we are not going to be able to count on him.” The Whites official website quotes him as saying.
“Stuart Dallas is okay.
“With Adam Forshaw and Tyler Roberts, we don’t know when we they will return.”
Leeds fans will not need reminding that they have a very poor recent record in matches in London, a trend they hope their side will buck on Saturday, to allow them back to the top of the table for a couple of days at least.