Thomas Christiansen could hardly have asked for a better start at Leeds United. Unbeaten in his first seven, many questioned new-owner Andrea Radrizzani when he appointed the former APOEL Chief.
Leeds host Burton on Saturday in what would seem like a routine task for the Whites, given their recent form, but the International break can prove tricky for any team.
Last season Leeds lost all four of their opening matches after the International breaks, failing to score a single goal. In September they were beaten at home 1-0 by fierce rivals Huddersfield; followed by defeats to Derby (1-0, Oct) Newcastle (2-0, Nov) and Reading (1-0, Apr).
A new season, however, means new beginnings and new optimism. Thomas Christiansen will be happy to hear of no fresh injury concerns over the International break, with first-teamers Stuart Dallas, Pontus Jansson and Gianni Alioski all representing their countries this past week. Matthew Pennington and Gaetano Berardi have also resumed training.
Last year Burton Albion ended Leeds United’s hopes of playoff football following a 2-1 win at the Pirelli Stadium. With revenge hopefully resonating in the veins of Christiansen’s men, Leeds will hope of a repeat of last year’s home visit of the Brewers, where Garry Monk’s men were 2-0 victors.
Burton Albion have registered just one win so far this season and chances of a win look even slimmer after last season’s top goal scorer Jackson Irvine departed for Hull City on deadline day.
Leeds are favourites for Saturday afternoon’s tie, even with the International break voodoo lurking on United’s back.
Reporter | Dec Campbell