Leeds United are on a roll. Top of the league heading into the Villa game this Saturday before hosting Blackburn Rovers and Hull City over Christmas. Then club yesterday announced that both games are already sold out, two crunch games for Marcelo Bielsa heading into the new year.

Leeds fans aren’t usually in great spirits by this time of the year, a good start has normally derailed and we are thinking about a January that won’t see much come through the door whist holding on to young players. The results have gone belly-up but the optimism is still there to be rekindled. This season is very different, Marcelo Bielsa is seeing to that. Leeds sit a point clear at the top of the table, but more importantly have a six-point buffer to third place, although that isn’t much in football terms is a lovely position to be in.

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Winning games over this period is very important and last year we scraped a couple before effectively folding in the new year. It’s hard to see this team doing that although grinding out results has become very familiar at this stage after a pulsating start to the campaign. I heard Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes talk after a recent win over St. Mirren. He said that they had played some lovely football, attacking and exciting in the first meeting of the two, scoring four goals and scraped a 1-2 win on Saturday, both produced the same number of points, a point well made.

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Elland Road will be bouncing for the final two fixtures of the year and a couple of wins would be perfect, heading into a new year full of confidence. 2018 has been  year of change at Leeds United and almost all for the better. There is little talk about the owner and director of football which hasn’t always been the case and most importantly on the pitch under Marcelo Bielsa we are thriving.

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