Cardiff City host Leeds United in Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash, with both teams under growing pressure going into the match.
Leeds picked up only their second win of the season on Tuesday with a 2-1 victory over bottom of the table Blackburn and are looking for their first back to back wins of the campaign as they head to the Cardiff City Stadium.
Cardiff have recorded only one win this season, also beating Blackburn 2-1 in August. They have lost all of their last three matches. Their 3-0 defeat to Preston on Tuesday allowed the Lancashire club to climb out of the drop zone, at Cardiff’s expense.
Garry Monk has been the subject of many media claims this week that his time at Elland Road is coming to an end, with owner Massimo Cellino reportedly growing tired of the slow start to the campaign.
Controvery also arised after out of favour goalkeeper Marco Silvestri appeared to like a Tweet suggesting that Monk was close to the sack. The player quickly moved to say this was fake, but deleted his Twitter account after the incident.
Centre Back Giuseppe Bellusci, on loan at Empoli from the Whites also spoke out against the club during the week, saying he felt that the clubs Italian players were unfairly targeted for the clubs failures by the fans.
Kemar Roofe is expected to return for Leeds after missing the midweek game with a calf injury. Liam Bridcutt is struggling after being taken off injured in the second half against Blackburn and may not make the squad. Gaetano Berardi is back in training but will not feature against Cardiff.
After Cardiff head coach Paul Trollope called Cardiff’s 3-0 defeat to Preston “unacceptable” he is expected to make major changes to the starting line-up. This could include returns for Peter Whittingham, Craig Noone and Frederic Gounongbe who all came on from the bench against Preston.
KO: 12:30pm, Cardiff City Stadium