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Match Preview: Sunderland v Leeds United - all you need to know ahead of kick-off!

Post-Mowbray Sunderland got off to a solid start with a home win against WBA, ahead of tonight’s visit of Leeds United - here’s all you need to know ahead of kick-off.

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Tuesday 12th December 2023

(6th) Sunderland v Leeds United (3rd)


Stadium of Light

Kick-Off: 20:00

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Radio: Full live match commentary available via BBC Radio Newcastle (not online)

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The build-up...

The big question for everyone before our clash against West Brom at the weekend was how the players would react after the popular Tony Mowbray was relieved of his duties - and the players provided a solid answer.

A solid display that saw one or two tweaks from recent weeks, was enough to claim maximum points against the Baggies and caretaker manager Mike Dodds will be planning a repeat performance tonight against high-flying Leeds United.

Three win in the last four, which includes the bad day at the office against Huddersfield Town, provides hope that we can keep gathering momentum on home soil, where we have won six of the ten played so far in a record that currently does not includes any draws this season.

Our paths haven’t crossed too many times with tonight’s opponents over recent years, with the 2017-18 season being the only year we in the same division since 2006-07 and with six points separating ourselves in 6th down to Swansea City in 16th, three points would be much welcome to pull away from the chasing pack.

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After three seasons in the Premier League that began with Marco Bielsa at the helm, Leeds United were relegated last year during a season that saw three managers attempt to halt the slide.

Sam Allardyce was the man in charge when it was finally confirmed, but it was the former Norwich City manager Daniel Farke who was given the task of returning them back to the top flight as quickly as possible.

So far, the German got them off to a decent start, one that would look a whole lot better if wasn’t for the form of Leicester City and Ipswich Town who occupy the two automatic promotion spots as they sit seven points adrift in 3rd.

Away from home, Farke’s side have won half of their ten games on the road so far with three defeats, and currently boast the 4th best defensive record on their travels while picking up ten points from the last 15 available.

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Leeds United manager Daniel Farke
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Sunderland home form...

Leeds United away form...

The betting...

The bookies have the Lads priced at 12/5, while todays visitors are favourites at evens, and the draw is 5/2.

Head to head... at Sunderland

(All competitions)

  • Sunderland wins: 24
  • Draws: 7
  • Leeds United wins: 16
  • Sunderland goals: 73
  • Leeds United goals: 55

Last time we met... at the Stadium of Light

Saturday 19th August 2017


Sunderland 0-2 Leeds United

[Saiz 21’, Dallas 76’]

Sunderland: Steele, Jones, Browning, Kone, Galloway (Matthews), Honeyman, Cattermole (Asoro), Ndong, McGeady, Vaughan (Khazri), Grabban Substitutes not used: Ruiter, O’Shea, Gibson, Gooch

Leeds United: Wiedwald, Ayling, Anita, O’Kane, Cooper, Jansson, Alioski, Phillips, Ekuban (Dallas), Saiz (Klich), Hernandez (Roofe) Substitutes not used: Green, Borthwick, Shaughnessy, Viera

Attendance: 31,237

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Leeds United players celebrate opening the scoring when the two sides last met at the Stadium of Light
Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Played for both...

Michael Bridges

Bridges broke onto the scene as a 17-year-old during the Lads title winning season of 1995-96 under Peter Reid, scoring important goals to help us over the line and secure promotion to the Premier League.

After struggling to become a permanent fixture in the starting XI behind the Quinn/Phillips partnership, he moved to Leeds United for a record fee of £5m in 1999. Injuries would blight his five years at Elland Road, which resulted in Bridges being released in 2004.

He would return to Sunderland in 2004 for a brief spell that was one of many moves before he retired in 2015.

Sheffield United v Sunderland Photo by Neal Simpson/EMPICS via Getty Images


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