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Championship leaders Leeds United are likely to be unchanged for their home game against winless Birmingham City.
Midfielder Pablo Hernandez (hamstring), defender Gaetano Berardi (knee) and strikers Kemar Roofe (calf) and Patrick Bamford (knee) are all still out.
Former Leeds boss Garry Monk returns to Elland Road for the first time in charge of Birmingham, having lost there with Middlesbrough last season.
Monk hopes to have midfielders Maikel Kieftenbeld and Craig Gardner fit.
Kieftenbeld missed Wednesday night's goalless draw at Sheffield United, while Gardner has been sidelined for the last two matches.
But Monk could opt to keep faith with Charlie Lakin, who made his first start for the club in midweek.
Match facts
Leeds have won only two of their last eight home matches against Birmingham City in all competitions.
Birmingham have not won consecutive league matches against Leeds since winning five in a row between February 2007 and April 2013.
For the 13th consecutive league meeting between Leeds and Birmingham at Elland Road, the hosts will have a different manager in charge - Bremner, Wilkinson, Venables, Reid, Carver, Grayson, Warnock, McDermott, Redfearn, Rosler, Monk, Christiansen and Bielsa.
Birmingham have won one of their last 23 Saturday away matches in all competitions.
Leeds are looking to remain unbeaten in their first nine games of a league campaign for the first time since the 2009-10 League One season.
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tougher game than Tuesday but team should be full of confidence 
so going for a 2-0 win, Klich to have his shooting boots on this time
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I saw in our latest managers thread (since relegation) someone mention before Monk came in, we tried for Karl Robinson and Darrell Clarke. Grim.
 
Who are some other managers who came close to managing our great club? The obvious one is Martin O'Neill. Twice I recall.
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We are back. Lets see what the season brings.  Excitement, disappointment, failure, success, highs, lows, ups and downs.....the only way we know for our Leeds United
 
I know there will be various ways to digest/watch/read the press conference, however i will stick to the usual format on here for the guys that don't have the social media access etc.  
 
 
As per, for those interested:
 
Phil Hay:
Blow for Leeds United - Adam Forshaw out for six weeks through injury. #lufc
 
 
 
 
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Heckys gone lads 

Signing you've been most excited by?
Probably been done but always interesting. 
 
Personally was unbelievably excited by Fowler and Schmeichel.
 
Didn't expect us to get Schmeichel at all tbh. 
 
Yours? 
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Not to worry anyone but we have never won a match against these guys before.
 
Also they have never won a match against us and we all know how good we are at breaking those sort of records this season. 
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Into these Leeds, they’re shite
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Ratings for the whole season
I tried to add a poll but it wasn’t really manageable
 
Wiedwald: 4
Lonergan: 4
Peacock-Farrell: 8
 
Ayling: 6
Berardi: 5
Pennington: 5
Jansson: 6
Cooper: 5
Shaugnessy: 6
O’Connor: 7
Anita: 5
De Bock: 4
Pearce: 7
Borthwick-Jackson: 3
 
Vieira: 5
Phillips: 6
O’Kane: 4
Forshaw: 7
Klich: 5
 
Dallas: 5
Alioski: 6
Sacko: 4
Cibicki: 5
Hernandez: 7
Saiz: 6
 
Roofe: 7
Lasogga: 6
Ekuban: 4
Grot: 3
 
Thomas Christiansen: 6
Paul Heckingbottom: 3
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***** Leeds v QPR Official Matchday Thread *****
Leeds United will be without attacking midfielder Pablo Hernandez, who has gone back to Spain as his wife is expecting their second child.
 
Defender Luke Ayling (ankle) could feature for the first time since January.
 
QPR boss Ian Holloway could give debuts to youngsters Giles Phillips and Charlie Owens.
 
Goalkeeper Matt Ingram could return to the squad after missing the win over Birmingham because of concussion.
 
SAM's prediction Home win 45% Draw 27% Away win 28% Match facts
Leeds are winless in their past three home league matches against the Hoops (D2 L1) since a 2-0 win in December 2010.  
QPR have only lost one of their past seven league games against the Whites (W3 D3), but that defeat was in this season's reverse fixture.  
Leeds have only lost one of their past 10 final league matches in a season (W5 D4), with each of their past four ending in draws.  
When their final league match of a season has been away from home, QPR have lost seven of their past eight (W1), losing the past two by a four-goal margin to Leicester in 2014-15 (1-5) and Norwich last season (0-4).  
Ian Holloway has lost six of his eight managerial trips to Elland Road (W1 D1), with his only win a 5-0 hammering with Blackpool in November 2011.  
Luke Freeman has assisted 21% of QPR's 58 league goals this season (12 assists) - no player has assisted a higher percentage of their side's goals in the division.  
Last game of a truly wretched season. The main positive is that it will be over today. QPR have a pretty poor away record but I remember them winning at Aston Villa this year. Would love to be confident of a win but can't say I am. Dire draw to finish in truly anti-climactic fashion, a world away from the free-flowing exciting football at Bolton on the opening day.
 
Leeds 1-1 QPR
 
Smith 41'
Roofe 70'
 
 
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Paul Heckingbottom press conference - Pre QPR 04/05/18

Phil Hay
Heckingbottom: "I feel we've got really good players here but whatever team we put out we've got the same deficiencies. That's what we've got to change." #luf
PH: "We need time now to make changes, to get plans in place and develop a really clear picture of where we're going to go."
Heckingbottom admitted he's been disappointed with how this spell in charge has gone. "If you're not getting results, you're seen to be garbage at your job." Says he understands the scepticism amongst the supporters about him but is "clear on what needs to be done."
Pablo Hernandez has gone back to Spain with his wife due to give birth today.
Heckingbottom on Kyle Bartley: Said he's aware of how well he did here last season. "I know all about Kyle."
Heckingbottom on what needs to change/happen this summer: "I'm not going to expand on that now. We'll come to decisions as a club and then I'll tell you." #l
Heckingbottom says he's spoken to a small number of players who Leeds intend to move on in the summer. Would have liked to address it more thoroughly next week but conversations will be delayed while Leeds are in Myanmar.
Liam Cooper speaking now: says the Millwall defeat in September hit the players hard and they haven't ever truly recovered from that. On Heckingbottom, described him as a "very good coach
Cooper says it's been the most disappointing season he's had at Leeds. "I still go back to the start. It's hard to put your finger on why it's gone wrong.
Cooper: "We're going to dwell on this all summer. It will be really hard.
Cooper says that with hindsight the Millwall game showed Leeds could be bullied and teams worked out how to play against them. Thinks this season will have taught some in the squad how to cope in the Championship. #l
Cooper says the blame for results should lie with the players, rather than Heckingbottom. But doesn't think there's an attitude problem in the squad. "No-one goes out there wanting to lose."
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3 words to sum up this season
I'll start

1: Disappointing
2: Shocking
3: Orta
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At least we can pay extra to watch La Liga next season and it isn't included in the sky package anymore. 
Thanks Radz
 
https://twitter.com/RobHarris/status/991621852224159745?s=09
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Where is Pontus Jansson?
Right now we need leaders and leaders to stand up and show us the way.
 
Pontus, this is the role you gave yourself, when times were good. Where are you? Where are you now? Be a man, show yourself and stop hiding.
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Phil Hay tweeting that clubs will vote on keeping match day programs.
 
"Quite interesting in a peripheral way - EFL clubs to vote this summer on whether producing match-day programmes should remain a mandatory requirement. Some evidently think it's no longer worth it. Sign of the times."
 
Do you still buy them.
 
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Official common household objects that would be better at managing Leeds United than Paul Heckingbottom thread
Official common household objects that would be better at managing Leeds United than Paul Heckingbottom thread
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Still at work, just saw the score and a few comments - zero shots, zero bottle etc
Would love to be managerless when I get home in an hour. Mon radz, do the right thing.
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11am Thorp Arch PDL semi final
 
 
More chance of winning today than the first team
 
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Every year at this time , the manager/coach along with the M.D and owner tell us it will be better next year with better recruitment. We all buy season tickets in hope ( because we want it to be true) then summer arrives we shop in the bargain basement again due to not paying decent wages. The following season is done by feb and we get told the same again regardless of owner. Only last year did we keep a season alive past February and still managed to screw it up at the death. 
11/12 - 14th place finish ,but warnock told us he would give us a promotion campaign and a side to be proud of !! 
12/13 warnock side to be proud of finished 13th after he was sacked and McDermott won 3 of last 5 games. Gfh told us Bates was gone and they would back their man.
13/14 - big bri had to beg / steal and borrow to get some funds and gfh gave us Noel hunt , Luke Murphy and Scott wootton!! Finishing 15th. Cellino tells us to have faith now he is driving the bus and it will be promotion within 2 years.
14/15- cellino’s cheap European recruitment means we never climb above 12th all season finishing in 15th. However in may adam Pearson tells us things will improve and we are going quality over quantity and with 4/5 top signings we can have a good season.
15-16- the big signings were Stuart Dallas and Chris Wood , slow start means big fat Steve is given the reins and Pearson fucks off in September. We finish 13th!! However massimo promises money back next year if we don’t make top 6!! This time we must be going for it. 
16-17 - massimo does seem to take a back seat we seem to recruit wisely even though most are on loan and we buck the recent trend , only to fall apart in April to finish 7th. This time no incentive needed , new owner ( not a crook) buys back ground and tells us top 6 minimum target. Tickets fly out.
17-18. - wood, Taylor , green , bridcutt and Bartley have been replaced by people from the Albanian league etc. After a bright start we sit 13th in April on a run of 2 wins in 17 games. But the jungle drums from Angus as told us to expect an exciting summer as lessons have been learned.  
 
No lessons are ever learned, apart from a brief flicker last year it’s been one massive shit storm since Grayson went close in 10/11 season. Fuck me this cycle is boring Leeds , just stop spouting shit and deliver or at least be honest and say we hope to do ok each year but as we can’t spend big we are going to lower the prices you have to pay to watch the fucking shit we serve up!! Ha ha 

Pontus Jansson is falling down
What is going on with him constantly going to ground and laying there for ages? It looked soft as fuck for him to go down and then get stretchered off. 
 
Does he simply not fancy it anymore, looks it to me. 
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Post in How do we get rid of our useless players?
Felix Wieldwald  - Simply has to go and clearly is going. Think he will quickly end up back in DIV2 in Germany no doubt, doubt any top level German clubs will touch him.
 
Andy Lonergan contract  2019 - BPF been superb for me, done his best to push for number, unless we bring in someone like Westwood, McCarthy etc he's number 1, so Lonergan can be backup.
 
Vuron Anita contract  2020 - Unless they are going to play him at CM and just see he is useless to us, has absolutely no pace, so badly exposed at RB or LB. Imagine he's on decent wages too, bet he goes to Turkey or somewhere this summer. 
 
Laurens De Bock contract  - Fuck knows about this lad, he looks totally garbage can't see anyone taking him, imagine were stuck with him. 
 
Ezgjan Alioski contract  2021 - Constantly fucking diving about, we were sold that he had pace but he never actually goes passed his man. Wouldn't care if he goes, imagine if he does he will end up in Italy or somewhere.
 
Kalvin Phillips contract 2021 - Have him as back-up but literally just that, nowhere near good enough to be near starting 11.
 
Hadi Sacko contract 2020 - Brain dead, completely brain dead, we have to get rid of him somehow but another I struggle to see us shifting. 
 
Jay Roy Grot contract 2021 - Sick of this he's young shite, had decent opportunities and showed he isn't a footballer, not one iota of skill or footballing mind, total dud. 
 
Pawel Cibicki contract 2021 - Too lightweight, not good enough for Championship, imagine he will get taken by a Swedish team this summer. 
 
Caleb Ekuban contract 2021- 24 years old, just isn't a natural finisher or at least not quick enough to take slim chances offered in Championship. Imagine he stays here as back up. 
 
 

Waccoe.com - Win free tickets v Bristol C & Brentford
Win two free tickets side by side for one of the above home games.
 
Please indicate if you want to go into the hat for brizzle, Brentford or both.
 
Contributors will go in the hat twice (or four times )
 
Brizzle game will be drawn first so members can buy their own tickets if they wish if unsuccessful in draw.
 
Good luck 
 
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***** Leeds v Cardiff Official Matchday Thread *****
Leeds United remain without the suspended Liam Cooper, Kalvin Phillips, Eunan O'Kane and Samu Saiz.
Conor Shaughnessy (ankle) is set to be out for several weeks and new signing Tyler Roberts will not make his debut as he has a knock.
 
Cardiff could give debuts to new signings Gary Madine and Jamie Ward.
 
Full-back Joe Bennett serves a one-match ban for his red card in the FA Cup defeat by Manchester City on Sunday.
 
SAM's prediction Home win 38% Draw 28%
Away win 34%
 
SAM, the Sports Analytics Machine, is a super-computer built by @ProfIanMcHale of the University of Liverpool.
Match facts
Leeds have won one of their last 10 home league games against Cardiff (D3 L6), winning 1-0 courtesy of an Alex Mowatt strike in November 2015.  
Cardiff have not conceded more than once in any of their last 12 league trips to Elland Road (seven conceded in total) since a 3-0 defeat in April 1963.  
Since a run of four successive league wins, Leeds United have picked up just two points in their last five games (D2 L3), failing to score on four occasions in this run.  
Cardiff have conceded 56% of their league goals in the last 30 minutes this season; only opponents Leeds (58%) have recorded a higher percentage.  
Leeds have lost 11 of the 12 games they have fallen behind in this season in the Championship (92%); the worst such percentage in the competition.  
Since leaving Leeds in April 2013, Neil Warnock has faced his former club four times and won all four matches, two of which have been with Cardiff.  
Grim reaper Neil Warnock comes to town. Gulp. Can't say I'm at all confident. What is our identity at the minute ? Keeping 11 men on the pitch at Hull was an achievement which says it all. Feel we'll get bullied all over the pitch. Fairies likes Alioski & Roofe really need to be in for a physical battle, which I don't see happening. Shithouse Gary Madine to get the winner.
 
Leeds 0-1 Cardiff
 
Madine 62'
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Was January a good transfer window? Poll
Would be interesting to gauge waccoe opinion on this, rather than just see the polar posts that end up in the transfer threads
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Tyler Roberts
Kid deserves his own thread, a little raw, any better then Fletcher that went for £7 million?
 
Anyhow here is his montage
 
 
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January 2018 transfer targets, rumours, wishlist etc.
 
Deadline day special
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