The Opposition View: Leeds
By Jim Bonner
Updated Sunday, 26th December 2010
Ben Rowe on the upcoming match at Elland Road.
I think most
Luciano Becchio stands out as the main man for Leeds, but who are the other key players in the side?
Becchio is obviously the talismanic striker in our
Robert Snodgrass is arguably our best player: Hard-working right winger without a huge deal of pace but a lot of quality, he can score goals but also puts them on a plate for others. Oh, and Jonny Howson has been a revelation in his new position in central midfield which allows him more freedom than previously.
What are the biggest weaknesses in the team that Pompey could exploit?
Our defence is the weak point in the team. Andy O'Brien and George McCartney have plugged the gap somewhat - the former especially - but we still look vulnerable. Teams that attack directly with pace will get success against our pretty slow and immobile defence. It's definitely the way to go against us - long balls in the air suits our defence down to the ground.
Liam Lawrence and Michael Brown can't play against you on Tuesday, but are there any other players in the Pompey team that
Pompey have a lot of good players that will test us. David Nugent obviously stands out, having seen him damage us in the Championship before for
Dave Kitson is also proven at this level, though I'm not sure how much he's played in the last few weeks. Definitely a good thing not to have to worry about Brown, and Lawrence especially though.
What sort of match are you expecting at
I anticipate a good game of football. We're obviously high in confidence at the moment, and come back to
Amdy Faye was brought in on a short-term deal given our lack of defensive midfielder, and teams were tearing our midfield to shreds prior to our change in formation. He's been rather indifferent in the appearances he's made. Had a great game at
Andy O'Brien has been pivotal in our change of fortunes in recent weeks. It's no coincidence that since he's come in, we're ten games unbeaten. A calm head at the back, and that little bit of Premier League quality is exactly what we need.
Jason Crowe hasn't featured this season, and appears to be on his way out of the club. Hasn't really made an impact at the club, though his iconic goal-line clearance at Old Trafford will be forever remembered by
Predict the outcome of the match.
Got to be optimistic given our run of form at the moment, though I anticipate changes may be made given the quantity of games coming up. As I said, I think there will be goals, so I'll go for 2-1