Vincent Ralph takes a closer look at Leeds United's next five games against Blackburn Rovers, Derby County, Ipswich Town, Fulham and Nottingham Forest.
Leeds United are currently 15th in the Championship table, having taken 20 points from their 17 matches to date.
Had Neil Redfearn been in charge for the entire season they may have had considerably more than that, but hindsight is a wonderful thing and fans of the club would be wise to forget about the past and look ahead to what promises to be a brighter future under their new permanent manager.
As we sit patiently through yet another international break, now is as good a time as any to consider Leeds’ next five matches and predict how many points they might take from each.
Blackburn Rovers v Leeds
Leeds’s first game after the international break is a visit to Blackburn who are currently seventh in the table, one point outside the play-off places.
The hosts have enjoyed a fine recent run of form and have lost only one game at Ewood Park all season. But we are tipping Gary Bowyer’s men to make it three draws in a row and Redfearn’s side to leave with a share of the spoils.
Leeds v Derby County
Current league leaders Derby head to Elland Road at the end of November and the Whites will have to be at their very best to get anything from this match.
That said, Steve McClaren’s side have only won half their away fixtures this season and given that Leeds are at home they could well secure another point.
Ipswich Town v Leeds
It doesn’t get any easier for Leeds as they head to fourth-placed Ipswich at the start of December.
Only two points behind Derby at this stage it would be easy to tip the hosts to take at least a point but despite only winning once away from home this season we are tipping Leeds to double that tally as the festive period approaches.
Leeds v Fulham
Fulham score a lot of goals. The problem is they also concede plenty. Given that this is a home match and Leeds have some fantastic options up front we can only see this finishing one way.
There are some pretty big headlines in the making if the likes of Matt Smith or Ross McCormack net the winner but this should be a hard-fought but entertaining win for Leeds.
Nottingham Forest v Leeds
Forest have slipped considerably in recent times and they now find themselves just five points ahead of Redfearn’s side.
They have only lost two home matches this season but they have a worrying defensive record and Leeds will be confident of scoring at least one against them.
Despite that, this has score-draw written all over it.