Leeds v Crystal Palace

Last updated : 03 December 2010 By BBC Sport

Crystal Palace are short of midfield options as Alex Marrow looks set to miss out with an ankle injury and Owen Garvan is serving a two-game ban.

Paddy McCarthy is still out with a groin injury, so Anthony Gardner will partner Claude Davis at centre-back.


Leeds boss Simon Grayson has declared that he wants a victory on Saturday to reward the efforts of those who have worked hard to ensure this match goes ahead despite the freezing weather conditions.

And goals certainly seem on the cards at Elland Road. Leeds' games this season have produced a whopping 64 of them - 32 scored by Leeds, and 32 conceded - which is more than any other Championship side's matches.

Plus, matches between United and Crystal Palace tend to produce goals. Their first ever meeting, in December 1921, ended in a 0-0 draw, but they been a rarity since, with only one of their 15 clashes since 1989 failing to produce a goal.

Palace have conceded 22 goals on their travels this season. But the Eagles, who were recently three points adrift at the bottom of the table, have won three of their last four matches and are now only in the relegation zone on goal difference.



• This is the first time these clubs have met in four seasons. Palace have lost on only two of their last eight league trips to Elland Road, and are looking for a third victory in four.

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• Leeds have drawn their last two matches, and three of their last four.

• They have committed 246 fouls this season - more than any other Championship side.

Crystal Palace

• Palace's 20 points from their first 19 games is the Eagles' worst return since they were in the Premier League six years ago.

• Only four of their points have been secured away from home.

• They have shipped more second-half goals in the Championship than any other team (22).

• The Eagles' matches have produced an unrivalled 11 penalties (four for them, seven against)

Source: BBC Sport

Source: BBC Sport