Birmingham City v Leeds United: Five key battles - Adryan, Donaldson and more

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Here are some potential clashes to watch out for as Leeds United travel to Birmingham City.

Leeds United and Birmingham will square up this weekend both looking to get back on track after inconsistent starts to the season.

Birmingham are looking to react after a heavy defeat away at Wigan Athletic while Neil Redfearn will be looking to move Leeds up the table and closer to the permanent managerial job at Elland Road.

Ahead of the game we’ve assessed five key battles, which are worth looking out for.

David Edgar v Billy Sharp

It will be interesting to see if Birmingham boss Lee Clark risks Edgar after the international break. The Canadian defender only returns to the UK today and his fatigue could be a weakness. Billy Sharp is an experienced and clever forward and may play on any signs of tiredness.

David Davis v Adryan

Redfearn could decide to start Adryan after he featured in an under-21 game during the week. Davis is an experienced player and will be all over the attacking talent like a rash if the caretaker Leeds boss throws him into the team. However, he could do something special and win Leeds a tight game.

Stephen Gleeson v Lewis Cook

Cook is one of the most exciting young players in the Championship at the moment. It’s a case of another battle against a more experienced player in the middle of the pitch. Gleeson will most likely try and make Leeds worry about his presence and Cook could enjoy space and time in the middle. Gleeson has a point to prove after a disappointing performance at Wigan.

Paul Caddis v Stephen Warnock

Caddis will provide width down the right hand side and could have a difficult time up against Warnock, who is one of the most experienced defenders in this Leeds United team. Warnock will also be important going forward and providing extra width on the left.

Clayton Donaldson v Jason Pearce

Donaldson was one of the most difficult strikers to handle in League One last season and he should be determined to get on a goalscoring run up front. Jason Pearce needs to be strong and give himself plenty of room because Donaldson can hurt Leeds physically and also with his pace in behind.

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