Npower Championship: Leeds United v Cardiff City Team News

Tags: Football

Published: 16:21 25/10/2010

Craig Bellamy is set to be recalled to the Cardiff starting eleven when they take on Leeds United at Elland Road on Monday night. Online bookmakers are giving away free bets to first-time customers and offer money back specials for the televised Npower Championship clash between Leeds United and Cardiff City which kicks off at 7.45pm. Bellamy’s knee injury has interrupted the start of his loan spell from Manchester City, but the skipper proved he had recovered when making a brief late appearance in the 2-1 win at Coventry last Tuesday. Bellamy has scored twice in four appearances since raising eyebrows with his move and Stan James bet 23/10 for him to get on the score sheet on his full return. Cardiff will join Queens Park Rangers at the top the Championship if they can win against an unpredictable Leeds United side on Monday. Victor Chandler are offering odds of 7/4 for Cardiff to claim three points and open a six point gap with third placed Swansea. City manager Dave Jones is spoiled for choice with his attacking options; seven-goal Jay Bothroyd has shaken off the knock on his foot and fellow striker Michael Chopra is ready to return having recovered from ankle ligament damage. Adam Matthews has returned from under-19 duty with Wales and the right-back could be considered for the bench. Defenders Paul Quinn (knee) and Chris Riggot (general fitness) are absentees along with midfielder Danny Drinkwater who has a thigh injury. Leeds boss Simon Grayson will consider making tactical changes after United suffered a second consecutive home defeat last Tuesday. His team looked to be suffering a crisis of confidence in front of home fans when going down 2-1 in an ineffectual display against Leicester. The patience of the expectant home support is being tested as they come to terms with the shock of seeing their team concede six times against Preston in the previous home game at the end of September. United must face Cardiff’s attacking force without goalkeepers Kasper Schmeichel with a foot injury and Shane Higgs who has a hamstring problem. Grayson has brought in Ben Alnwick on loan from Tottenham and must choose between the former Sunderland keeper or Blackburn’s Jason Brown who has provided cover for the last three games. The manager has no new injury concerns and could consider using left-back Ben Parker and striker Ramon Nunez who have recovered from injury.

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