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LEEDS v MAN UTD.

Verdict

Would you really want to lump on Man U at 4-6? Personally, no, though Leeds at any price are even less appetising. This game is a unique fixture, though, and even if the Whites are gathered from all corners of the globe nowadays, Elland Road still demands they sweat blood and bile against the cross-Pennine foe. Could be far closer than expected.

No bet

Team news

nMark Viduka and Jermaine Pennant (left) are both available after recovering from a hamstring strain and food poisoning respectively. Centre- back Roque Junior also returns to the squad after a one-match suspension. Ian Harte and Jody Morris are suspended.

nSir Alex Ferguson has indicated England outcast Rio Ferdinand will face his former club despite his failure to attend a drugs test last month.

Leeds Man Utd

14 Points from last ten league games 25

LLDWLWDdLW Last ten homes/aways (latest on right) DWWDWWWLWW

1.0 Ave. goals scored in home/away league games 2.0

1.2 Ave. goals conceded in home/away league games 0.7

54 Ave. time of first home/away goal scored 55

69 Ave. time of first home/away goal conceded 69

22 Yellow cards 10

1 Red cards 0

31 (=highest) Average cards make-up (lowest) 13

Leading scorers

Seth Johnson 20 2 (1)

A Smith 17 2 (1)

M Viduka 9 2 (0)

L Sakho 10 1 (1)

Z Camara 6 1 (0)

Figure after player's name denotes this season's squad number, figure in brackets denotes first match scorer

Referee

G Poll

Matches: 6

Yellow cards: 23

Red cards: 0

Ave cards make-up: 38

02/03: 31

16th strictest

Leading scorers

R van Nistelrooy 10 8 (2)

R Giggs 11 3 (1)

P Scholes 18 3 (0)

R Keane 16 1 (1)

J O'Shea 22 1 (1)

Figure after player's name denotes this season's squad number, figure in brackets denotes first match scorer

Past league meetings

at Leeds at Man Utd

H-A H-A

2002-03 1-0 (30) 2-1 (20)

2001-02 3-4 (30) 1-1 (60)

2000-01 1-1 (80) 3-0 (10)

1999-00 0-1 (40) 2-0 (20)

1998-99 1-1 (40) 3-2 (30)

Bookings make-ups in brackets

Last six matches

LEEDS MAN UTD

(h) 2-1 Blackburn (h) 3-0 Birmingham

(a) 0-4 Everton (a) 1-2* VfB Stuttgart

(h) 2-2* Swindon (a) 4-1 Leicester

(h) 0-2 Birmingham (h) 0-0 Arsenal

(a) 0-4 Leicester (h) 5-0* Panathinaikos

(a) 3-2 Middlesbro (a) 2-0 Charlton

First (or last) scorer

First or Last goalscorer

P = Possible penalty taker CORAL HILLS LADS STNLY TOTE

v Nistelrooy (MU) P11-4 10-3 3 10-3 10-3

Scholes (MU) 7 13-2 7 13-2 11-2

Giggs (MU) 6 13-2 6 7 7

Viduka (L) P 8 15-2 7 13-2 7

Forlan (MU) 6 9 6 6 13-2

Smith (L) 9 9 8 9 9

Bridges (L) 10 9 9 8 8

Chapuis (L) 10 - 9 9 10

Ronaldo (MU) 8 12 9 9 9

Lennon (L) - - 9 10 14

Sakho (L) 10 12 12 12 14

Milner (L) - 10 14 12 16

Fletcher (L) 16 20 16 16 14

Pennant (L) 20 - 14 16 16

Fortune (MU) 25 20 - 18 16

Keane (MU) 25 20 - 18 14

No goalscorer 9 17-2 8 17-2 8
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Date:Oct 18, 2003
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