Date: 10th March 2017 at 6:35pm
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Vital QPR takes a look at Saturday’s opponents – high-flying Leeds United.

THE LATEST

It’s hard to believe that following the opening day fixture at Loftus Road, that Leeds United manager Garry Monk was reported to have fallen foul of Massimo Cellino and was fighting to save his job – this all of one game into his tenure. Even for the tyrannical owner this was something of a headliner.

The clock going forward as it has and everything now seems rosy in the garden that is Elland Road. Cellino has taken a side step – albeit forcibly – Monk has assembled a squad that embodies all the hallmarks of promotion challengers and has got a tune out of a striker in Chris Wood that raised the ire of the crowd for failing to hit a cow’s backside with a banjo last term.

The archetypal sleeping giants – Leeds United are one of the very few sides that can carry that moniker with crowds increasingly exponentially this campaign. With numbers flocking back into Elland Road, it could be enough to carry them into the playoffs and potentially beyond.

Unless they do a ‘Leeds United’ that is?

FACTS & FIGURES

Founded: 1919

Nickname: The Whites

Ground: Elland Road – 37890

Manager: Garry Monk

HONOURS & RECORDS

HONOURS

First Tier

First Division – 1968-69, 1973-74, 1991-92
First Division – Runners Up: 1964-65, 1965-66, 1969- 70, 1970-71, 1971-72

Second Tier

Second Division – Winners: 1923-24, 1963-64, 1989-90
Second Division – Runners Up: 1927-28, 1931-32, 1955-56
Second Division – Play-off Runners Up: 1986-87
Championship – Play-off Runners Up: 2005-06

Third Tier

League One – Runners Up: 2009-10
League One – Play-off Runners Up: 2007-08

Cups

FA Cup – Winners: 1971-72
FA Cup – Runners Up: 1964-65, 1969-70, 1972-73

League Cup – Winners: 1967-68
League Cup – Runners Up: 1995-96

FA Charity Shield – Winners: 1969-70, 1992-93
FA Charity Shield – Runners Up: 1974-75

European Cup – Runners Up: 1974-75

Cup Winners’ Cup – Runners Up: 1972-73

RECORDS

Record Attendance: 57892 v Sunderland (FA Cup, March 1967)

Record league victory: 8-0 v Leicester City (First Division, April 1934)

Record league defeat: 1-8 v Stoke City (First Division, August 1934)

Record Buy: Rio Ferdinand – £18,000,000 from West Ham United (November 2000)

Record Sale: Rio Ferdinand – £32,550,000 to Manchester United (July 2002)

Record Appearances: Jack Charlton – 773 (1952-1973)

Record Goals: Peter Lorimer – 238 (1962-1979)

SQUAD STATS

GOALS: Chris Wood – 25, Souleymane Doukara – 5, Pablo Hernandez – 4, Kyle Bartley – 4.

YELLOW: Pontus Jansson – 13, Kyle Bartley – 9, Luke Ayling – 9, Liam Bridcutt – 6.

RED: Kalvin Phillips – 2, Liam Cooper – 1, Liam Bridcutt – 1.

CURRENT SQUAD

1 – Robert Green
2 – Luke Ayling
5 – Kyle Bartley (on loan from Swansea City)
6 – Liam Cooper
7 – Kemar Roofe
9 – Chris Wood
10 – Marcus Antonsson
11 – Souleymane Doukara
12 – Marco Silvestri
14 – Eunan O’Kane
15 – Stuart Dallas
16 – Matt Grimes (on loan from Swansea City)
18 – Pontus Jansson (on loan from Torino)
19 – Pablo Hernandez
21 – Charlie Taylor
22 – Ross Turnbull
23 – Kalvin Phillips
24 – Hadi Sacko (on loan from Sporting Lisbon)
25 – Ronaldo Vieira
26 – Liam Bridcutt
27 – Mo Barrow (on loan from Swansea City)
28 – Gaetano Berardi
29 – Alfonso Pedraza (on loan from Villarreal)
30 – Bailey Peacock-Farrell
31 – Lewie Coyle
33 – Tyler Denton
34 – Paul McKay
36 – Mallik Wilks
37 – Billy Whitehouse
38 – Jack Vann

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