Many neutral observers state that a baying home crowd is an advantage to a home side, that fabled 12th man. Elland Road is one of those places and these observers will find out this on Saturday next.

Saturday’s game will pit undefeated home side Leeds United against undefeated visitors Swansea in a top-of-the-table clash. The two sides are separated by just two goals, having almost identical records from four wins and a draw.

Leeds United have gone about their business in much the same way that they did last season when their energy and verve thrust them to the top of the table in the early stages of the campaign. Arguably the Whites are not only doing the same as they did last season, but they are also doing it with much more polish.

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Swansea’s start is far more effective and positive than last season, a campaign which saw them flutter at times before ending in 10th place in the table. This finish left them nine-point shy of the playoffs, and 18 points behind United.

All that is yesterday’s chip paper though, with 2019/20 being a new campaign and one that brings new challenges. It appears that both sides will be rising to that challenge when Saturday comes.

The symmetry that both sides are showing was mirrored over this weekend. Leeds more than comfortably dispatched Stoke City via a 3-0 scoreline, the goals coming from Stuart Dallas, Gjanni Alioski and Patrick Bamford. Today Swansea put Birmingham to bed by the same scoreline with the Swans goals being scored through Kyle Naughton, Bersant Celina and Borja Baston in a devastating 12-minute blast.

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It’s an eagerly anticipated clash and one which could set a gap between the two sides for the lucky winners. Here’s what both sets of fans have been saying recently.

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My usually loud cynicism has turned to quiet optimism with the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United. I'm a father to three loud children; two fully-grown and one eight-year-old who thinks he is. My main job is in teaching but I find it cathartic to write about football when the opportunity arises. I mostly write about Leeds United but turn my hand to other clubs.