Ian Holloway predicts Leeds v Birmingham City

Leeds United play host to Birmingham City on Saturday as both sides chase first Championship wins.

Leeds United's manager Garry Monk

Ian Holloway has told Sky Sports that he expects Leeds United and Birmingham City to share the spoils when Gary Rowett's side visit Elland Road on Saturday.

Leeds were thumped 3-0 at QPR in their Championship curtain raiser on Sunday as new manager Garry Monk was left with much to ponder.

But the Whites responded by knocking Fleetwood Town out of the League Cup on penalties, after Marcus Antonsson - one of eight signings made by Monk this summer - netted an 89th-minute equaliser to spare United further embarrassment.

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

Birmingham, on the other hand, drew 0-0 at home to Cardiff City last Saturday, before losing 1-0 to Oxford United at St Andrews as Rowett's men visit Yorkshire hoping to leave with a first win of the campaign.

Monk is the seventh managerial appointment made by ruthless Leeds owner Massimo Cellino and although losing to Birmingham is unlikely to cost the 38-year-old his job, it might start putting doubts in the Italian's mind regarding his decision to hire the former Swansea City manager.

Holloway does not expect Leeds to lose, however, and the former Blackpool and QPR boss claims that both sides will end up with a point apiece at Elland Road this weekend.

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino

"Leeds will get better steadily. They have made a good appointment in Garry Monk and although they got well and truly beaten last week, I think the score flattered QPR. It was never a 3-0 hammering," he said to Sky Sports.

"Garry will have his work cut out to make sure he's given the time, but they have got quality at the club and I think he is a really good manager.

"It will be a tough game against Birmingham City - Gary Rowett has done a great job - and I can't separate the two teams."

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino

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