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Sunday, 6 November 2011

MATCH PREVIEW : Leicester v Leeds Npower Championship -6 November-2011,16:00 CET

Team news for Sunday afternoon's Championship clash between Leicester and Leeds at the King Power Stadium.Leicester caretaker managers Jon Rudkin and Mike Stowell may still be without Darius Vassell and Lloyd Dyer for the visit of Leeds.The pair picked up injuries in the 3-2 defeat at West Ham and subsequently missed the Foxes' 3-1 win against Burnley.Both are considered doubtful for the match, meaning Paul Gallagher and Steve Howard are expected to retain their places in the starting XI. Watch Leicester v Leeds Live Stream Online PC TV Video Free, Leicester v Leeds Live Online Instant Streaming Internet TV Free, Leicester v Leeds Live Soccer TV Channels Online, Leicester v Leeds live streaming broadcast Online Today, Leicester v Leeds Live Stream Online Video Coverage Now, Npower Championship live stream online HD TV Online, Leicester v Leeds Live Stream Online HDTV Coverage Here.TEAM NEWS :Match Preview Jermaine Beckford will also hope for a place in Rudkin and Stowell's line-up against his former employers.

Leicester will be aiming for their first back-to-back wins of the season against Leeds, as the club look to put their managerial search to one side for the time being.

Skipper Matt Mills told the club website: "It's been mentioned that we've not won two on the bounce. That's something that's ringing in our ears so we want to put it right."

Leeds' new loan signing Alex McCarthy is expected to go straight into the starting line-up in Sunday's clash at Leicester.

Manager Simon Grayson has drafted in cover for Andy Lonergan, sidelined until next month due to a broken finger, and England Under-21s international McCarthy is likely to make his debut.

But Leeds will be without suspended defender Tom Lees, who was shown a straight red card for deliberate handball in the midweek defeat to Blackpool. The 20-year-old sits out an automatic one-game ban.

Patrick Kisnorbo returned to the starting line-up in central defence on Wednesday night in place of Darren O'Dea, who had been suffering from blurred vision and dizziness following a collision during last Sunday's home draw with Cardiff.

Andy O'Brien, Alex Bruce and Leigh Bromby will all come into contention in Lees' absence.

Grayson has no new major injury problems, but could be tempted to make other changes after Leeds lost 5-0 to his former club Blackpool in midweek.Darren O’Dea will miss out after returning to Scotland after sustaining a head injury against first Birmingham and then Cardiff. Tom Lees will also miss out through suspension following his red card against Blackpool. Patrick Kisnorbo will continue in the centre of defence, but Simon Grayson will need to make a decision on who starts along side him. Andy O’Brien has impressed in training, and there is also Leigh Bromby and Alex Bruce ready to step forward.

The rest of the team pretty much picks itself at the moment, which will mean Andy Keogh partnering Ross McCormack up front and Robert Snodgrass and Danny Pugh on the wings. Jonny Howson and Adam Clayton will start in the centre.England under-21 keeper Alex McCarthy will make his debut for Leeds after joining on loan from Reading this week. Alex Cairns will continue on the bench whilst Paul Rachubka will miss out following his high-profile errors in recent games.

The bench will should remain pretty much unchanged, although Grayson could opt to bring Mikael Forrsell back into the match day squad, perhaps in place of Lloyd Sam.

Leeds face former players Kasper Schmeichel and Jermaine Beckford who both signed for the Foxes in the summer transfer window.High-flying Leeds become the latest side to attempt an ending of Leicester's impressive run of home form when they visit the Walkers Stadium on Boxing Day.

Leeds occupy second place in the Championship table after three consecutive victories, and are currently powering through on a nine-match unbeaten streak in the division.

Simon Grayson's side registered an impressive win over table-toppers QPR last weekend, while Leicester were condemned to a disappointing defeat at a snow-ridden Portman Road.

But the Foxes will head into the match in confident spirits on home territory having won three in a row at the Walkers Stadium. Their last match on the hallowed turf saw a 5-1 demolition of Doncaster.

Entertainment is not likely to be far away with either of these two sides. Leeds currently take their place as the Championship's top goal-scorers, while Leicester head into the game with the most efforts on goal in the entire league.

In recent years Boxing Day has been kind to the Foxes, who have not lost a Christmas fixture since their humiliating 1-0 reverse at the hands of then lowly Rotherham in 2004.

Leicester also hold a strong record against their opponents in recent years, winning three in a row against the Yorkshire outfit and staying unbeaten in seven.

Leeds manager Simon Grayson returns to the club where he made over 200 appearances as a player, but there is no room for sentiment at the Walkers as both sides push desperately for the all-important three points.

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