It is that point of 12 months when the ever-present phrase ‘relegation six-pointer’ really means one thing. This can be a correct relegation dogfight of a match one which neither Leeds nor Leicester dare lose, however one the place victory would so assist both aspect’s hopes of staying within the Premier League.
With six video games to go the guests to Elland Highway are in seventeenth spot above the drop zone by objective distinction solely. Their win on the weekend at Wolves ending a run of 4 straight defeats. It was a win that got here at simply the appropriate time with new supervisor Dean Smith now within the dugout.
And the Smith is simply too conscious of how essential that victory might be – not simply by way of the three factors, but in addition due to the confidence-boost it is given to his gamers.
“It offers all people a raise by getting that win, nevertheless it’s not an enormous raise as a result of they know there’s nonetheless work to be performed,” the brand new Leicester boss stated.
“We’re simply taking it sport by sport and this one comes round in a short time. So we had been in yesterday, educated, did our debrief and all focus now could be on Leeds.
“We’re not this week typically, we’re simply Tuesday and Leeds United at Elland Highway.
“It is an important place to play soccer, with the environment that their followers produce – and our job is to attempt to maintain them quiet.
“You do not give them any motive to get lifted. We won’t give low-cost free-kicks away across the field, or low-cost targets. We’ve to maintain them quiet for so long as we will. If we will try this it makes it a greater place to go for us.
“It is essential since you’re enjoying a group in and round us and if we win we go above them. We have checked out Leeds, their strengths and weaknesses, however in the end its about us, what we do and the way we do it.”
In contrast Javi Gracia’s Leeds head into the match on a three-match shedding streak, having been thrashed 5-1 by Crystal Palace after which 6-1 by Liverpool at dwelling earlier than shedding 2-1 at Fulham on Saturday. They should factors and the boldness increase to help their hopes of one other season within the prime flight.
Keep right here to finds out what occurs on this proverbial six-pointer.