Leeds United will travel to Ipswich Town in order to strengthen their grip on a promotion place this weekend.

Leeds are sat in a play-off position currently, in 6th but are just six points behind Derby County who occupy the final automatic promotion spot.

Their opponents Ipswich have tumbled down the table following a promising start to their Sky Bet Championship campaign. Mick McCarthy’s side sit in 12th place butt are only six points behind Sheffield United in 7th.

The Tractor Boys are in a sticky patch of form currently having lost their last two games. A draw at home to QPR was followed by a Sam Winnall inspired Derby County and a Ryan Sessegnon inspired Fulham.

Their trip to Craven Cottage was not one to remember as they went down 4-1 losers to their hosts.

Former Rangers striker Joe Garner put Ipswich ahead before half time. However, the visitors were reduced to ten men just ten minutes into the second half when Jordan Spence was shown a straight red card.

Fulham then scored four goals in seven second half minutes to swing the game into their favour. Ryan Sessegnon snatched an equaliser twenty minutes from time.

Aboubakar Kamara added a second just three minutes later when he reacted first to a loose ball in the box. 17-year-old Sessegnon was at it again as he scored his second just two minutes later to all but secure the points for the Cottagers.

Kamara also grabbed his second to put the icing on the cake but also to dampen spirits in the Ipswich camp.

Leeds however find themselves in inconsistent form coming into the tie. Thomas Christiansen’s men were ridiculed in front of the nation as they were knocked out of the FA Cup by lower league opposition for the second year in succession.

This time it was Sky Bet League Two play-off chasing Newport County that dumped Leeds United out of the cup.

Despite their away victory over Burton Albion towards the end of 2017, Leeds haven’t won in their last two. Although this is no cause for panic, they faced relegation threatened Birmingham City as well as Nottingham Forest at Elland Road.

Christiansen’s men only managed to pick up one point from those two fixtures as they drew at home to Nottingham Forest.

Despite all of that, Leeds still sit in the play-offs, two points ahead of Middlesbrough in 8th place.

These two sides produced a cracking game for the neutral at Elland Road as Leeds were able to pick up all three points in a 3-2 victory.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga got the hosts off to an excellent start before David McGoldrick leveled it up before the break.

Ipswich were not level for long as Leeds academy graduate Kalvin Phillips powered home to give Leeds a 2-1 lead going into the interval.

This lead was stretched half way through the second half as Ipswich goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski’s howler gifted United a 3-1 lead.

Joe Garner quickly reduced the deficit to give the Leeds faithful a nervy ending but they were able to hold on for a very hard earned three points.

 

 

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