Leeds United host Bolton Wanderers in this afternoon’s relegation battle at the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship table, with both clubs desperate for all three points.
Leeds may be in 18th place, nine points above the relegation zone, but they have failed to win in their last five matches, which has slowly brought them closer to the bottom three of the Championship.
There has been speculation this week regarding manager Steve Evans and his position, and a defeat today could spell the end of his tenure as Leeds boss.
Bolton are still struggling inside the drop zone and are seven points adrift of MK Dons in 21st place. The Trotters have won just once in six matches, and have lost their last two away fixtures.
Neil Lennon’s men need to beat the teams around them, starting with today’s match against Leeds.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Anthony Yeo identifies THREE things to look out for in this afternoon’s encounter…
1) Bolton cannot win away from home
If Bolton are to survive this season, they need to start picking up points both at home and on the road.
Wanderers have just four draws on their travels this season, and have not won a single game away from Macron Stadium.
Bolton are the only team in the entire Football League not to have won an away fixture this season. If they want to stay up, they need to change that fact soon.
2) Leeds lack goals
In their last nine matches, Leeds United have only scored five goals, and no more than once in a match.
Only one team (MK Dons) has scored fewer goals than Leeds this season, who have managed just 30 goals this campaign.
At home, Leeds have scored the fewest out of every team in the Championship with just 13 in total at Elland Road, less than a goal a game.
If Leeds are to drag themselves away from the bottom three, finding the back of the net must start today.
3) Liam Feeney
Liam Feeney scored a terrific goal in the match against Burnley and was outstanding during the match, as were most of the Bolton side.
Bolton may have lost that match, but the performance was very good against a team that is contesting automatic promotion this season.
Feeney can influence this match and can help Bolton win their first away match of the season, and give them a real chance of staying in the Sky Bet Championship.
Leeds and Bolton fans… What do you think today’s score will be? Can Bolton get their first away win of the season? Will Leeds be dragged further into the relegation battle? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!